What is a barcode scanner?

What is a barcode scanner? Track n Trace Solutions can assist with all your barcode questions.
A barcode scanner is designed to decode barcodes. They simply eliminate the need to type the item # in to your system. This eliminates keyboard strokes and provide an efficient and accurate way of transferring barcoded data into an application. Simultaneously, barcode scanners eliminate the need for pen & paper. They improve the speed and accuracy of computer data entry and improves overall business efficiencies.

A barcode scanner comes in an arrangement of readers called:
  • CCD
  • Linear Imager
  • Laser
  • 2D
  • RFID

There are also multiple interfaces. USB, Serial and Keyboard Wedge. Barcode scanners can also be cordless giving you the freeddom to scan without the restriction of a cable.

Barcode scanners are also used in PDA barcode scanners. Also referred to as mobile computers, portable data terminals, barcode terminals or PDTs. But the major difference of a barcode scaner to a PDA barcode scanners is that a barcode scanner can only scan the barcode item #. Where as a PDA barcode scanner can scan and collect multiple fields of information such as item #, quantity, location, user ID #, date and time stamp and much more.

PDA barcode scanners are the right choice of tool for applications such as stocktaking, asset managment, event management and basically any application where you need more information that just the barcode item #.

PDA barcode scanners can have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS/3G & GPS capabilities. Or they can just be memory PDT (Batch) and store all scanned data on the terminal until it is uploaded back into the system via a communication cradle.

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"Would like to give you some feedback on the how the use of the scanners has improved the accuracy and reduced the downtime whilst performing a Stocktake. As you know AirRoad Logistics is a 3PL warehouse provider.

The Stocktake performed last year for one customer took 12 hours with 15 people Involved Nationally. This year the Stocktake count was completed in 3 hours nationally. With an additional hour for reconciliation. A saving of 8 hours x 15 people. (66% Savings in Labour Costs)

The programming loaded into the scanners ensured that we were able to ensure the user was collecting the right information thus reducing human error.

We also found the service you offered met and exceeded our expectations. Thanks again for your continued support"

AirRoad Logistics Pty Ltd

"In August this year (2014) we held a roadshow seeing just over 450 clients. Previously we have manually created name badges to place into the holders for each client across each event and asked our attendee’s to record their attendance on a registration sheet upon entry.  Using Tim’s barcode scanners and barcoded name badges for this event provided an easy, stress free registration and attendance process that our staff and clients loved! We will never do this as a manual process again.  I highly recommend the company and their products/services! "

“Thank you to for providing a fantastic service. We really appreciated all your efforts in organising these scanners for us and at such late notice. Everything went well with the event and was a great success with the help of your scanners. Hope to do business again in the future.”

Kindest regards,
George P Johnson (Australia)

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