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Handheld scanners are the form factor that most of you probably envision when you think of a barcode scanner. It is the most popular type of scanner form factor.
These are used in just about every type of scanning application, from retail or point-of-sale, to light office use, and even in the warehouse. Handheld scanners are the preferred form factor as they are easy and comfortable to use.
Presentation scanners are the second most popular scanner form factor available today. You have probably seen these used mostly in retail applications such as convenience stores. Presentation scanners can sit on the counter or be mounted.
These barcode scanners are ideal for check-out counters because they have a small footprint and are hands-free. They require the user to simply wave the barcode in front of the scanner and move on to the next item. They are great for speedy checkout.
Their only down side is that if for some reason you need to pick it up to scan something large, it can be a little awkward in the hand.
Laser scanners are the most popular type of barcode scan engines, as they have been around the longest. These scanners use a laser to read the difference in the spaces between the barcode's vertical lines. The laser by itself is just a small dot; however, there are mirrors inside the scanner that toggle back and forth rapidly to produce the thin red laser line.
These scanners work well when precise scanning is necessary as the user can easily target the thin laser line. Laser barcode scanners are also ideal for scanning in environments with bright lights or if scanning barcodes at distances greater than 12ft. Laser scan engines can only read 1D or linear barcodes and are seen in every scanning environment, especially retail.
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2D barcodes are used for one reason: to encode more information. The only way to read a 2D barcode is with a 2D barcode scanner. Also known as area imagers, these scanners capture an image of the barcode to decode the data like linear imagers, but in a much larger area. They can read 1D and 2D barcodes omnidirectionally, meaning the barcodes turned in any direction.
2D barcode scanners are also capable of image or signature capture, and are a great way to future proof your business. These scanners are used in all scanning environments, but are most often found in manufacturing and warehousing.
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Linear imagers, or charged coupled device (CCD) scan engines, like laser scanners, only read 1D barcodes, but unlike laser scanners, they don't use lasers to read barcodes. As stated in their name, linear imagers use the image, or the picture, of the barcode to collect data.
These scanners are more durable than laser scanners as there are no moving parts. Linear imagers are great for scanning barcodes that are under a reflective surface, such as plastic wrap, or for reading barcodes that are poorly printed or damaged. Linear imagers are most often used in shipping and receiving.
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Also known as omnidirectional scanners and multi-line laser scanners, retail scan engines use multiple laser lines to scan barcodes no matter the orientation. Some retail scanners have up to 100 different scan lines making for a quick scan, without having to position the barcode in the right direction; one of the laser lines is sure to catch the barcode properly.
These scanners are almost always found in retail settings because of their fast hands-free scanning and the ability to be mounted in or on the checkout counter.
The fixed-mount scanner form factor is usually quite small. In fact, they can be as small as half the length of a ball point pen. These scanners are typically integrated with other equipment, like kiosks or conveyor systems.
Fixed-mount scanners are widely used in work-in-process applications and for high-speed sorting on conveyor lines. You will see the smaller scanners used in security stations and medical labs where space might be an issue.
The fixed-mount style is really application-specific and requires a bit more research and planning than other form factors that are really just plug-and-play.
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Pen or wand-style scanners are used exactly like you would think: they are held in the hand like a pen. To use this scanner you touch the scanner to the barcode and drag it across at a consistent angle and rate of speed.
You really don't see these scanners used much anymore, but there is still a place for them, such as in libraries. In library applications, you have several books on a cart, spine up, with barcodes on them. These barcodes are very small and grouped closely together, which may cause issues for other scanners. When checking in books, it is important to be accurate and scan the book you mean to, and that is what the pen scanner is perfect for.
Since you must touch the pen scanner to the barcode you know exactly which barcode you are scanning. A pen scanner, however, is not practical for scanning in high volumes because contact must be made.
Barcode scanners are the simplest and most cost effective way to scan barcodes. Barcode scanners make our lives easier, and because of this, they are found in most every business application. But how exactly do you choose which scanner is best for your application?
Barcode scanners are differentiated by their scan engine and form factor. Scan engines include: 2D/Area Imagers, Laser, Multi-Line Laser, and Linear Imagers/CCD. While scan engines are important when choosing a barcode scanner (see "What is a Barcode Scanner?" for more information), nothing is more important when picking a scanner than form factor.
Barcode scanners come in four different form factors, each of them having specific applications for which they are better suited. These form factors are: Wand/Pen Scanners, Handheld Scanners, Fixed-mount Scanners, and Presentation Scanners.
Barcode scanners: an electronic device used for reading printed barcodes. They are used everywhere, in all types of businesses. But what is the advantage of using them? The answer is speed and accuracy. They automate business processes, increase productivity, and reduce human error.
To get a better understanding of the advantages of barcode scanners, you must first go back to the time before barcode scanners.
Before 1974, retail stores had no choice but to do their inventory and pricing manually. This is an inaccurate process that is both time consuming and expensive. All of the items in the store had hand-written price tags on them. When an item was brought up to the checkout counter, the price on the tag was typed into the register and the money was collected.
Seems simple enough, but what happens when an incorrect price is keyed in? How do you know what items need to be reordered? Store owners would order items based on estimates; not a good system if you have perishable items. There had to be a better way.
Today we can avoid those problems with barcode scanners. Now, just about every product has a barcode label on it. Instead of manually keying in the price, the clerk simply scans the barcode and the price shows up on the monitor. This process not only speeds up the checkout process, but it is also more accurate. If you are a business owner, a small miss-key could cost you a lot of money.
These barcode labels can also be linked to an inventory control system. When a particular item is scanned, the inventory control system takes that item out of stock. Stores can know exactly what they have in stock, what they are low on, and what needs to be ordered.
Barcode scanners make life easier. They have been used for over 30 years, virtually unchanged for a reason. There has yet to be a better solution for fast, accurate data entry.
Barcode scanners are a great tool for business, but they vary so much, how are you supposed to know which scanner is best? Scanners have different form factors, different scan engines, and can be corded or cordless.
A corded scanner is simple. You plug in the cable to a computer and start scanning. They work great, and have for years, as long as you are scanning barcodes that are within the scanner's reach. What about cordless scanning? How does it work? When should one consider using a cordless scanner?
A cordless scanner works basically like a corded scanner only, as its name suggests, without the cord. A cordless scanner does not talk directly to the computer like a corded scanner does; but rather, it communicates to its base which talks to the computer. So a barcode is scanned, the information is sent over to the base which then dumps the scanned information into the computer via the interface cable. This is how standard cordless communication works.
Another method of communication is Batch Mode Operation, which most cordless scanners have. This feature allows the user to store data in the scanner's memory. Batch mode is extremely useful when scanning barcodes that are far away from the scanner's communication base. It works in two ways: Standard Batch Mode and Cradle Contact Batch Mode.
In Standard Batch Mode, the scanner continues to send the scanned data in real time until it gets out of radio range. At that point, the scanner begins to store the data in its memory. Once back in range, the normal data transmission continues automatically. In Cradle Contact Batch Mode, the scanner starts storing barcode data when the first barcode is scanned and does not dump the data until the scanner is put into its cradle.
The distance at which a cordless barcode scanner will communicate depends on the type of radio. There are two types of cordless scanning radios: Bluetooth and 910MHZ.
Bluetooth is the preferred cordless scanning radio. It does not succumb to radio interference and provides a larger working range. Bluetooth Class 1 radios can communicate up to 300 feet away from the base. Class 2 radios have a maximum working range of 33 feet.
The 910MHZ radio is an older technology that has a working range of about 40 feet and can have issues with interference. Despite this, 910MHZ still has its place in certain applications. High security environments may prohibit Bluetooth technology, in which case 910MHZ cordless scanning would be the best option.
Cordless scanning gives you the freedom to move around while scanning and you are not restricted to the length of the scanner's interface cable. No longer do you have to bring the items that need to be scanned to the scanner. You can take the scanner to the items, no matter the distance. Cordless scanning is especially useful when the items are heavy or awkward to move.
Cordless scanning can also be safer. It eliminates the long, hanging cable that can be a hazard to people walking by.
It is important to note that the majority of technical issues stem from the scanner's cable, rather than the scanner itself. The trailing cable can easily get caught in drawers, doors, and under wheels. Abuse like that can hinder the scanner's ability to communicate with the computer.
Cordless scanning is ideal for just about any application, from retail to the warehouse. It makes something already so easy to use, even easier.
When you first receive a new barcode scanner, you will probably want to start using it.
The first step is to open the box it came in. Try to do this carefully, keep the packaging in good shape in case the scanner needs to be returned. Most manufacturers require the returned scanner to be in its original packaging.
Once the box is opened, pull out the scanner and everything else in the package. Make sure everything is accounted for. For a corded scanner, the box should contain at least a scanner, a communication cable, and instructions. Cordless scanners will have the same, as well as a cradle and power supply.
After you are sure everything is accounted for its time to connect the scanner.
For a corded barcode scanner, simply connect the cable to the bottom of the scanner. The connection that plugs into the scanner will look like a large telephone cord or an Ethernet cable.
Once the cable is connected to the scanner, you will need to plug it into the computer. RS232 or PS/2 interfaces will plug into the back of your computer, while a USB can generally be plugged into either the front or the back. As soon as the scanner is connected, you should hear a beep from the scanner letting you know that it is ready and working.
Follow the same steps for a cordless barcode scanner, except the communication cable plugs into the cradle rather than the scanner. You will also plug the power supply into the cradle. Now you need to use the scanner to scan the barcode on the cradle to link the scanner to the cradle.
You are now ready to scan.
So now your scanner will scan barcodes, but what if you want to program it to do certain things? That can be done with the Quick Start Guide programming barcodes.
A programming guide will come with every barcode scanner in the box. On this guide, you will see visual setup instructions, along with a group of barcodes. These barcodes are what allow you to program your scanner.
The first barcode you should scan is the Product Defaults barcode. This makes sure the scanner is reset and is working like the manufacturer intended it to right out of the box. Once that is scanned, it is up to you to decide how you would like your scanner to be programmed.
There is a programming barcode that adds a carriage return, or "Enter", after each scan. You can tell your barcode scanner to tab over after every scan. You can even adjust the scanner beeper volume with these barcodes. This programming sheet allows you to do all of the basic programming to your barcode scanner.
For more advanced programming, you will need to download the scanner user manual online or call one of the barcode scanning experts at System ID.
Follow these simple steps and you will be scanning like a seasoned pro in no time at all.
A barcode scanner in its most basic form is an electronic device for reading printed barcodes. It consists of four parts: a light source to illuminate to barcode, a lens, a photo conductor to translate optical impulses into electrical impulses, and decoder. The decoder, which can be either internal or external, analyzes the barcode's image data provided by the photo conductor and sends the barcode's content to the scanner's output port.
Barcode scanners are everywhere, from the grocery store to the assembly line. They can be found any place barcodes are used. Just as there are a variety of environments in which barcode scanners are used, there are also many different types of barcode scanners.
Barcode scanners vary in form factor, interface, and scan engine, and they all have specific applications and environments for which they are better suited. While scanner form factor and interface are important, nothing differentiates one scanner from another like the scan engine.
There are four different types of scan engines that a barcode scanner may have and they are: laser scanners, linear imagers, multi-line laser scanners, and 2D/area imagers.