Basic use of Bar code Scanners
Barcodes Scanners can help you capture data and track movement of inventory, The most common uses are; Retail ( Used at Point of sale in shops, super markets, chemist and mini markets to provide easy way to capture prices and process sales ), and at warehouses to track movement of inventory in warehouses. But there are many more possibilities and interesting ways that Scanners can be used. in these post we explore;
- Types of Barcode Scanners
- Laser Scanners
- 1D Scanners
- 2D Scanner
- Bluetooth (Wireless) scanners
- USB Cord Scanners
- Handheld Barcode Scanners
- Table Mount Barcode Scanner
- Brand of Barcode Scanners Available @ Kenya Gadget shop
Barcode Scanner Types
When shopping for barcode scanner, it is important to consider the type of scan engine that a scanner uses, the speed of identification and the type of barcodes that you will be reading
This are the most common scanner types used in Kenya. They have a diode (red in color) laser to identify data stored on a barcode. Laser Barcode scanners, are the cheapest and can only read a standard linear (1D) barcode from a few feet depending on your code size and its length.
Linear imager scanners can only read 1D barcodes. They take the image of the barcode from the printed surface, analyze id and extract Information and data stored in linear imagers from Honeywell became replacement s for 1D laser Scanners since the efficiency of capture and speed even on damaged barcodes was high
2D Area Imagers
These scanners work by capturing the image of the barcode scanner and analyzing it for information, they perform extremely well and can read any type of barcode. Also, 1D, stacked, and 2D barcodes are supported by a 2D imager.
The other advantage is that a 2D scanner it can read a barcode regardless of the orientation Vertical or Horizontal; the Scanner will capture the image and intelligently align it and read the information- you can read a code in any direction.
2D imagers, like the Honeywell 1900, can also read barcodes on any surface including; LCDs, LED monitors (TVs, Laptops, or phone screen). 2D Scanners have become the most popular types of scanners that are used today.
Form/ Physical Design
The most common types of barcode scanners are gun-style and Table Mount in-counter scanners that are used in supermarkets and Retail Industry However there are 5 main designs for scanners for different types of applications/needs
Plug and Play and easy to integrate with most common POS or Inventory Management, The most common, they work by Simple aim the scanner at the barcode label and pull the trigger to capture the data, they are either corded or Wireless, Using a Bluetooth. Can be integrated to work at a point of sale or inventory tracking and management software’s
Desk Mount -designed to sit on a counter-top. They provide hands-free scanning and do not require triggering to read. They have a wide reading area compared to one liner Scanner (1D). This greatly helps reduce the need for aiming. They scan items at a very fast rate.
Mobile Computer Scanners
They do what more than what basic scanners do. They will provide you an integrated solution of capturing data through scanners, store it and process it to provide data as per your need, mobile computers will give you a complete freedom since both computing capability (PC) and scanner are in a single device.
Mobile computers like the Motorola MC75A can move around freely. They store information and then upload it to a central server via Wi-Fi and Cellular (WAN) networks. They are used in in situation that demand true mobility i.e. inventory management and asset tracking.
In-counter Barcode Scanners
Similar to Presentation scanners but used in more rugged environments like busy supermarkets, in manufacturing industry and Ware housing. Units like the Data logic Magellan 8300, are easy to operate for any user.
They can are easy to integrate and be to completely serve at the Point Sale
A fixed scanner are most common also in retail stores and supermarket, usually integrated to a larger systems, fixed at a counter and use motion sensors to activate them and scan data. They are the most used and wide range of designs, speeds and applications. A good example is Microscan MS-9used in high speed assembly lines and super markets
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