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How to choose the right barcode verifier

By aisltd, Wednesday, 2nd October 2019 | 0 comments
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Here are AIS Ltd., we supply a range of Omron Microscan barcode verifiers. Their products are GS1 Certified and strictly compliant with ISO/CEN/ANSI barcode quality.

We supply a full range of barcode verifiers including 1D Linear and 2D data models. In this post we have some tips and advice on how to select the right model for your needs.

Choosing the Right Barcode Verifier

There are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a barcode verifier. These include the field of view, lighting angle, format, and software capabilities.

Field of View: How big is the largest barcode that you will be printing? The answer to this question will help you choose a barcode verifier that has a field of view big enough to fit your barcode whilst still leaving enough space to meet the quiet zone requirements for the specific symbol type.

Minimum X-Dimension: For this, you need to know the smallest element in your barcode. This is the size of the smallest bar or cell. When you know this, you’ll want to buy a barcode verifier that works with your x-dimension or is smaller. If it’s bigger, the cameras located in the verifier won’t be able to capture the image properly to carry out the verification.

Lighting Angle: There are different lighting angles required for different ISO specifications and you will need to ensure that the barcode verifier you choose has the correct lighting angle listed in the specification that you are grading against. The right lighting angel is essential so you get proper illumination to the barcode so that you can decode it. Barcode verifiers use several different lighting angles. The 45 degree angle is the most common and is used for standard non-DPM verification. DPM barcode verifiers have additional lighting options which are 30 degrees and 90 degrees which helps illuminate symbols on even the most challenging of surfaces.

Barcode Verifier Style: There are different barcode verifier styles. Some work better than others depending on how the barcode codes are printed and the type of product they are printed on. If you are looking to verify multiple products that vary in their size and shape, it will be necessary to purchase a barcode verifier that has an adjustable camera height. For large barcodes or labels that contain multiple barcodes that all need to be verified at the same time, a desktop barcode verifier with a field view of up to 6 inches would be the recommended choice. The Omron desktop model LVS 9510 would suit.

Software Capabilities: This is the last thing to look at before making a choice on your barcode verifier. The software component is important and you’ll need to make sure it can do what you need it to do. This includes grading and diagnosing any issues with your barcode printing process. Some of the software capabilities to consider are the ease of use of the interface, can you generate reports, how data formatting errors are shown, and what grading capabilities it has and which specifications it works on.

Once you have the answers to all of these you can choose your barcode verifier. If you have any questions, our experts are always on hand to help and our Omron LVS Barcode Verifier page has more information on each of the models available.