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Barcode Scanners and Verification Systems: Which is right for your business?

By aisltd, Monday, 13th March 2017 | 0 comments
Filed under: Newsletter.

Barcodes are everywhere. From baked beans to shipping labels they provide computers with an easy to read information panel to ensure products can move smoothly from producer to end-user.

We at AIS Ltd have a wide range of barcode scanners and verifiers for almost every situation. But, with such a wide range, how do you know what you need?

What is a barcode?

There are many different barcodes, but broadly speaking it is a machine-readable marking that encodes information about the item to which it is attached. As a producer, you can label your products with barcodes that enable your customers to tell your products apart automatically. Some types of barcode can include information on other features of your product such as weight or use by dates.

What does a scanner do?

There are many different types of barcode scanners and different scanning technologies but they all basically measure light reflection from the dark and light parts of the label and convert that into a code that can be looked up in a database.

Fixed position scanners are designed to stay in one place such as a checkout or conveyor belt and scan any barcode that passes across its line of sight.
Handheld scanners can be moved around to scan at different angles.  They may be corded or cordless but need to be attached to a computer.
Mobile scanners are fairly small, handheld devices than can scan and interpret barcodes, displaying the result on a screen.

What does a verifier do?

Some scanners are better at coping with poorly printed barcodes than others so a barcode that scans on your warehouse floor might not scan when your customer tries with their scanner. A verifier will not only scan the barcode but will also check that it is valid and accurate. A scanner might be unable to read a poorly printed barcode but a verifier will tell you where the problem is so that you can get it fixed. As part of your quality control procedures it will allow you to anticipate problems before your customer discovers them. And some customers, such as large supermarket chains, aren't very tolerant of poor barcodes and will impose fines if they can't scan them.

Whatever you’re looking for in terms of barcode scanners and verifiers, we at AIS Ltd are sure to be able to provide you with what your business needs.