Bar and 2D code readers

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Bar and 2D code readers enable identification of goods and materials in many areas of production and logistics. Use them for identification in the automation process and simultaneously ensure the traceability of your production and packaging process of each product.

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Barcode (1D) and 2D code readers include Barcode Scanners and Barcode Imagers. The former are the best for applications that require high speed reading of appropriately oriented ladder or picket-fence barcodes and/or a stacked symbol, while the latter read both, barcodes and 2D codes omnidirectionally.

We offer a wide variety of technologies for reading these codes e.g.: mobile hand-held code readers, models with wireless transmission, combi devices and highly accurate stationary code readers from world’s leading companies:

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Provide automatic identification with different code readers

Automatic identification is essential for continuous and gapless product traceability. Code readers read printed codes, decode the data within the code and send the data to a computer.

The cost-effectiveness of the code readers is inevitable as they require little revenue for installation. Due to simple programming, they are accessible to implement, making the staff’s training easy. Additionally, encoding technology reduces the valuable time taken for the manual entering of data.

One-dimensional (1D or linear or “barcode”) and two-dimensional (2D) codes are used effectively in a variety of automatic identification applications, and in some cases are scanned using different types of technology. The difference between 1D and 2D barcode scanning relies on the layout and amount of data that can be stored in each:

Barcodes, commonly found on consumer goods, use a series of variable-width lines and spaces to encode data. They are well suited for identifying items that may be associated with other information that changes frequently. Barcode scanners read 1D barcodes horizontally.

1D barcodes need to be connected to the database to be meaningful. The characters in the barcode must relate to e.g., an item in a pricing database to be useful. These barcode systems are a necessity for large retailers and can help increase inventory accuracy and save time.

1D barcodes can be scanned with traditional laser scanners (Barcode Scanners), which typically come in a “gun” model. Although these scanners do not need to be in direct contact with the barcode, they typically need to be within a range of 10 cm to 60 cm to scan properly. Additionally, some camera-based imaging scanners (Barcode Imagers) are also compatible with 1D barcodes, giving you more flexibility in how they are used.

2D barcodes use patterns (squares, hexagons, dots, and other shapes) to encode data. They hold more data than 1D codes, while still appearing physically smaller. This makes them useful for marking objects that would otherwise be impractical for barcode labels. As the data is encoded based on both the vertical and horizontal arrangement of the pattern, it is read in two directions.

You can make use of the information whether you are connected to a database or not as these codes doesn’t just contain alphanumeric information. They can also contain images, website addresses, voice, and other types of binary data. With laser etching and other permanent marking technologies, 2D barcodes have become useful for tracking everything from delicate electronic printed circuit boards to surgical instruments.

2D barcodes can only be read using Barcode Imagers. They can read 2D codes from over 90 cm away and are available in the common handheld “gun” style, as well as cordless, countertop, and mounted styles.

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Reduce costs of data decoding and item tracking

Despite the difference between barcode and 2D code scanning, both types are useful, low-cost methods of decoding data and tracking items. The kind of barcode (or combination of barcodes) you select will depend on the specific requirements of your application, including the type and amount of data you need to encode, the size of the asset/item, and how and where the code will be scanned.

  • In manufacturing and material handling industries: barcodes and 2D codes offer the ability to track the assets of your company. They help in faster recognition of products and the implementation of data in various processes. The possibility of error in the front end by manual feeding of data can end up in time consumption and loss of revenue. In contrast, the code readers make minimal errors and avoid product order mix-ups. They make it easier to get the update on your stock as they automate the data during each sale and reduce the labour work on searching for the data. Accordingly, they reduce the processing time and revenue consumption, meanwhile reducing the labour cost.
  • Health care sector: for tracking inventory of surgical equipment, samples of patients, pharmaceutical products, etc. Using wristband codes, a doctor can easily confirm that the treatment goes well in a correct manner. The medications provided before can be easily tracked.
  • Logistics: as an employee may be responsible for handling many products simultaneously that can cause errors and end up in delivering the incorrect products. The application of the code readers automates the data with minimal error.
  • In retails: the implication of codes in each product reduces the time consumption in typing the bill and makes it easier to get the details of stock remaining in the shop. By placing a scanner on the exit averts shoplifting. Also, monitoring the applied discounts to each product and its validity is possible using this technology, consequently reducing labour costs.
  • And much more

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