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October 25, 2020
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From Wand to Wireless There's a Barcode Scanner Just Right For You

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For most of us, the closest we come to a barcode scanner is when we are checking out groceries at the supermarket. That familiar beeping sound tells us that the strange little square patch of lines on each product we are purchasing, is being scanned. The scanner reads the code, which is then recognized by the stock control system. Then the stored stock information, such as the name of the item and the price, comes up on the monitor screen and is tallied in with your other items.

This is how it works. As a store receives products, each item is entered into a database. Then when an item is sold, it is deducted from the database. The fact that the stock control system is alerted each time a customer purchases a box of detergent or an apple, keeps the inventory information completely up to date. The good old days when a store would close down while dozens of people physically counted all the items on their shelves, is over.

The first order of business when installing a stock control system for the first time, is to purchase the appropriate software. It is the software that will keep tabs on all your inventory. You will then need a barcode scanner to scan the codes on all your products. Some products have the code printed right on the package, other have stickers with code imprinted on them. When your new system is installed and working, you will easily be able to generate reports. You will know instantly how many tubes of toothpaste you have, how many were sold, and when you should be reordering.

If an item doesn't have a unique bar code, you can create one with your stock control software. Then, simply push the button on your barcode printer to generate a label. There you have it, a brand new UPC code to stick on your item.

There are four kinds of barcode scanners available today. Here is some information on each of them.

Wand Scanners are great for most uses. They are the least expensive, coming in at about a tenth of a laser gun scanner, and a fifth of a CCD scanner.
They are light and easy to hold, just like a pen. The light they emit is reflected off the UPC code, and the POS system decodes the information and recognizes the product. It can be a bit tricky to obtain a successful reading however. A person needs to perfect the speed with which the wand is passed over the code. Then, in some cases, the lines making up the code may be too fine for the wand to read.

CCD Scanners are inexpensive as well and are very accurate for reading barcodes. Like the wand scanner, it needs to be touched to the barcode, but it doesn't need to be waved, moved, or slid. A person simply needs to touch it, and pull the trigger. CCD readers are more expensive than a wand, but many people like them because of their ease of operation. They come in 2 to 4 inch widths.

A sub-category of the CCD, is the FFO, or Fixed Focus Optic scanner. These don't require the direct touch with a bar code, and will read codes from 20 inches away, giving the operator a bit more flexibility. They can read two-dimensional codes as well, which are becoming more popular.

Laser Scanners utilize a beam of light to scan the barcode label. With this system, you move the barcode across the scanner. The label just needs to be held up to the reader, not touching it. Perhaps you have seen these in stores that have installed price checkers throughout the store. That way, you can verify the price of an item before you make your way to the check out. Laser scanners are quick and more accurate than any other system. Make a point next time you are purchasing some items, to see just how quick the process has become.

Wireless Scanners give the operator the freedom to roam around a warehouse, while staying connected to your network via the new Bluetooth technology. You can move your scanner to your products, rather than lugging heavy items to your scanner. Imagine how convenient this would be in a facility that stocks items such as water heaters, snowmobiles, or appliances. Some systems can transmit data about a hundred and fifty feet, making it ideal for retail, office, and light industrial situations.

There's a barcode scanner system for every business, and every budget. This is one of the most amazing inventions to come along in our lifetime. No longer do business owners have to struggle with manually counting the products that they sell. Barcode technology takes away most of the drudgery, leaving you with the valuable information that you need to run your business efficiently.


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