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The Most Common Barcode Scanner Terms and Classifications

By aisltd, Wednesday, 4th September 2019 | 0 comments
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If you are looking to invest in a barcode scanner, it is important to understand the different terms and classifications they fall under. Barcode scanners are categorised by their scanning capabilities.

This includes laser barcode scanners and imagers. You can also find them grouped according to their class which includes POS, Industrial, Educational, Pharmaceutical, etc. Then there is classification by function such as handheld, mobile, and wireless. Below are some of the common terms used when categorising barcode scanners.

Barcode Scanner Categories

  • Handheld Barcode Scanner: This refers to scanners that are portable and can be used with one hand. They typically use trigger like mechanisms with point and scan functionality. Handheld barcode scanners can be corded or cordless and capable of scanning 1D, 2D, and postal codes. They capture codes using laser or imaging technology.
  • Laser Barcode Scanner: These usually only work with 1D barcodes and rely on a laser beam light source to work. The laser moves back and forth across the barcode which is then decoded using a photo diode that measures the light intensity. Information is sent to the computing source.
  • Image Barcode Scanner: Often called an imager, this barcode scanner uses image capturing more so than a laser to read the barcodes.
  • Wireless or Cordless Handheld Barcode Scanner: These scanners are rechargeable and can be laser or image scanners. The battery life is very important and if your scanning needs require you to be away from the charging source for long periods of time you will need a model with an excellent battery life.
  • Industrial Barcode Scanners: Some models are referred to as industrial barcode scanners and this tells you that they are constructed using durable materials that let them function in harsher environments. These barcode scanners are also tested and have IP ratings.
  • Omni-Directional Barcode Scanners: These scanners rely on lasers and use a interwoven series of lasers to create a mixed grid pattern rather than using a single straight line laser. This allows them to scan 2D barcodes as well as 1D barcodes.

It is important to understand the classifications of barcode scanners so that you can choose the one that will work best for you. Whether you require a corded model or one that you can take out in the field, we have the model to suit you and from the world’s leading manufacturers too. This includes all the latest Datalogic models.

Here at AIS Ltd, we offer a wide range of barcode scanners for all general and industrial usage. This includes corded and mobile handheld barcode scanners as well as fixed industrial models. We also have a number of tablet barcode scanners as well. You’ll find all the information you need about each and every one of these models on our website and if you have any questions or require additional information, one of our experts will be more than happy to help you out. Just visit our contact page where you can get in touch via email or phone.



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