If you are planning on buying a barcode verifier, there are a number of questions that you will need to answer before making your purchase.
Below you will find a series of questions that will help you narrow down your options. With each question we have also included the barcode verifier we feel will work for your needs.
Is the code printed on to a paperlike flat surface?
If your code is printed on a paperlike flat surface the next thing that you will need to look at is the size of your parts and whether or not you need to verify multiple barcodes at once. The following questions will help you to determine the right barcode verifier for your needs.
Are your parts taller than six inches?
If the answer to this is yes, the LVS-9510 Desktop barcode verifier is ideal as this barcode verifier has a field of view range from 3 inches (76mm) to over 6 inches (152mm). It is perfect for off-line verification of barcodes to ISO/IEC standards.
Are your codes printed on curved or textured surfaces?
If the answer to this question is yes, handheld gun-type verifiers will be the obvious choice as these work on cylindrical and other non-flat surfaces. The Omron LVS 9580 barcode verifier or the LVS 9585 DPM Direct Part Marking models will work perfectly for this. They have advanced lighting options as well as a new auto-find feature. They can test both DPM and printed labels to a range of global application standards.
What size is the smallest module?
GS1 lists the minimum cell size or x-dimension for DPMs on medical devices as 3.9mil but this may be lowered in years to come. The Omron LVS-9580-HD and LVS-9585-HD handheld models can verify all barcodes including DPMs as small as 2mil.
Do you need to verify multiple barcodes at the same time?
If you answer yes to this question the LVS-9850 portable barcode verifier can verify multiple barcode types including any combination of linear and stacked linear types. In fact, most of the Omron Microscan barcode verifier models can grade multiple codes at the same time.
How big is the largest code printed?
If your printed code is larger than 3 inches (75.6mm) the LVS-9570 Wide Area barcode verifier is the one for you. This model is the simplest solution for a handheld barcode verification system. It verifies large 1D and 2D symbologies easily.
What size is the smallest module or bar width used?
Omron offer a number of models that have been fitted with high definition lenses that bring the minimum verifiable barcode size down to 2mil. The LVS-9580-HD and the LVS-9585-HD handheld models test both DPMs and printed labels to a variety of standards around the world and they provide comprehensive reporting.
As you can see, there are a number of important questions to ask when looking at purchasing a barcode verifier. Our experts at AIS Ltd., are always available to answer any questions you might have and to help you choose the right model for your barcode scanning and verifying needs. Get in touch today if you need any help.