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What is a Barcode Scanner?
A barcode scanner is a data capture device. It reads the information encoded in a barcode and sends the data to a host computer.
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Who needs a Barcode Scanner and why?
Anyone needing to capture barcode data quickly and accurately could find that scanning barcodes is vastly superior to other methods of data capture. Barcodes are not "the perfect solution to every problem" but they offer some impressive benefits.
Advantages of Barcode Scanners
Limitations of Barcode Scanners
- Line of sight
- Reading range
Using a barcode scanner improves speed and accuracy. A barcode scanner rarely mis-decodes a barcode, it either decodes correctly or not at all. Barcode scanners can be programmed to accept a wide variety of barcode symbols. Modern barcode scanners are increasingly tolerant of damaged or poorly printed barcodes.
Barcode scanners have some limitations. For one, barcode scanning is line of sight: the barcode must be directly positioned to the scanner. For another, barcodes must be within scanner reading range, as determined by barcode size and minimum bar width. Some barcode scanners cannot see barcodes printed in certain colors or against certain backgrounds. Some barcode scanners cannot real all types of barcodes. There are relatively few scanners that can read linear and 2d barcode symbols. Certain barcode scanners must be correctly orientated or aligned to the barcode in order to read it.
How to choose a Barcode Scanner.
Purchasing a barcode scanner based only on price overlooks many important differences. Under-buying or over-buying compromises functionality and puts your mission at risk. Although they are functionally similar, retail barcode scanners are different than industrial scanners and general purpose scanners. These differences include the read range; industrial scanners can read symbols at greater distances. Retail scanners are often mounted in a countertop window and sometimes incorporate a scale to price variable-weight items such as fresh produce. Industrial scanners are often ruggedized hand-held devices, or fixed mount, and often incorporate miniaturized computers or PDT’s. General purpose scanners are found in retail clothing establishments, municipal libraries and professional services such as doctors offices.
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