Barcode verifiers are used to guarantee that you get high quality printing on your barcodes each and every time. The right model will provide you with a detailed report about the print and read quality of the barcode as per ANSI and ISO specifications.
In today’s post we are looking at how to buy the right barcode verifier for your business needs. Here at AIS Ltd, we use Omron Microsan which are the world’s leading manufacturer and we have a number of models to choose from.
Buying Barcode Verifiers
If your business is already familiar with barcode verification and how it works, this article will help you choose the right model. There are a number of questions that you will need to ask and these will help you narrow down your selection.
What type of barcodes do you want to verify?
Do you print 1D or 2D barcodes or both? 2D barcodes carry more information and are printed with laser or inkjet printers directly onto the product surface.
What size barcode are you verifying?
The width and height for barcodes can vary so it is important to know this information so you can determine the Field of View (FOV) you’ll need on your barcode verifier. Some verifiers are for small areas and won’t be able to check some of the larger linear barcodes you might make. To get a wider FOV you would have to purchase additional camera models and this can be expensive. You should purchase a barcode verifier that meets all your requirements. Camera based barcode verifiers with adjustable focus lets you adjust the field of view which means you can close in on smaller barcodes if necessary.
Where will you be using your barcode verifiers?
There are barcode verifiers that are light, portable, and very easy to use and these are the perfect choice for checking barcodes in different locations. For stationary verifiers there are numerous models too.
Does your industry require barcode standards?
Certain industries such as retail, food, healthcare, electronics, and so on have additional requirements on top of barcode print quality. Many of these include traceability. If your barcode content is not formatted correctly, it can’t be used. This is paramount when buying barcode verifiers.
Is the barcode printed on a label, on the product, or on the packaging?
Again, this is another important question to ask. Is the barcoded surface flat? If the barcode is printed on a curved or rounded package it cannot be verified using a flat-bed type barcode verifier.
Can your barcode verifier be upgraded?
You might be using linear 1D barcodes today, but what if you want to upgrade to 2D barcodes in the future? Can you upgrade your verifier if needed?
Is support and training available?
No matter how good a barcode verifier is, it is always a good idea to check and see if support and training are available if needed.
What is the cost?
Once you’ve identified the type of barcode verifier you need, the next aspect is of course, cost. Check out the different models and the features they offer and choose the one that meets all your needs.
For more information, be sure to check out our range of barcode verifiers and get in touch should you have any questions.