Modern Technology Produced Barcode Scanners – Effective in All Sorts of Environments
Time is the most valuable asset owned by anyone in a world where stacks of information seem hard to be processed and shared in a compact time. Technology has been aiding us all by making useful instruments, one of them being barcode scanners. They read barcodes in 1’s and 0’s (Black lines being the 1 and spaces in between being the 0). So when a barcode scanner beam is directed towards the barcode, comprising of lines and spaces, a dark line absorbs the light (representing a 1) while space reflects it back (representing a 0).
The combination of 1’s and 0’s make the information stored within the barcode. There are many kinds of barcode scanners with diverse uses. SCOPE LINK Barcode Technologies have it all for its customers; the most commonly used barcode scanners come with certain features that are generally required in most of the fields. They are all listed below:
A handheld barcode scanner is generally a term describing the shape of the scanner itself which is in the shape of a ‘gun’ or ‘pistol’. Handheld scanners are extremely popular and widely used in many industries such as retails stores, warehousing, healthcare, government departments and so on. Handheld barcode scanners are popular due to their nature and form factor advantages, they provide comfort and efficiency for users especially in fast-paced retail stores where scanning barcodes take place consecutively and in high volumes.
Its quite simple how a handheld barcode scanner operates, once a barcode is scanned, it converts it into its digital form so that it can be processed, stored or used according to the user’s needs. These are basic functionalities of all types of barcode scanners or barcode readers.
Handheld scanners these days come with extra features and functionalities such as definitions, translations and reading, as well as possessing the technology to be able to send content to computers and other devices instantly. Apart from the comfort of the scan, they are extremely efficient and fast in reading and decoding barcodes.
Bluetooth scanners are in great demand for any scale business setups, because of the features that they offer. They are relatively cheap and reliable in many kinds of conditions; from warehouses to packaging to stocking. The highlight feature obviously is the one that sets them apart from their kinds: Bluetooth. This added feature allows them to communicate with almost any Bluetooth enabled electronic device which allows for data input; they connect though varies and simple pairing steps and thus are able to send information to the connected device.
This helps in real-time processing and editing of the information received. This barcode scanner is offered in various ruggedness (general purpose and rugged) and connectivity options (cordless and iOS/Android-compatible) in order to ensure greater mobility and freedom from cable clutter for any application.
CCD (Charge Coupled Device) scanners are pretty much like the digital cameras, and for them to function as a barcode scanner, they have hundreds of tiny LED lights arranged in a long row that captures a digital image of the barcode. This type of technology also features a high-performance CCD optical sensor.
They are highly reliable, and it is mainly contingent upon a design with no moving parts and a completely solid-state scanner system. Such scanners are widely used in libraries to scan books and student IDs, also in events where attendee IDs are scanned upon entry. CCD barcode scanners are generally much cheaper than other types such as laser and 2D scanners, they are normally suitable in indoor lighting and environments. They consume very little power for operating and are really fast at scanning barcodes but limited to read ranges (generally less than 3 inches) compared to a laser scanner.
Laser barcode scanners are a step-up from CCD scanners. They capture barcodes using a wide laser beam emitted by a process of optical amplification and through built-in sophisticated and reliable components. This allows for an aggressive, precise and instant method of capturing barcodes and due to the bright laser beam, this type of technology also makes it suitable for outdoor, direct sunlight and bright environments which helps the user see the beam and point it directly at the right barcode at hand to achieve fast-paced scanning.
Laser barcodes scanners offer excellent tolerance in scanning distances, meaning they are perfect for scanning dynamic size barcodes from narrow to very wide barcodes. These types of scanners are generally used in transportation industries, large supermarkets, outdoor environments, manufactures or businesses that carry a variety of different shape and size barcodes.
Rugged scanners as the name suggests are used in situations when conditions are rough for any other scanner to be used, i.e. if the best possible option that we have is to use it. If the barcodes to be read are at varying distances, like in warehouse inventory, and a barcode scanner is required, there is no better option than using a rugged barcode scanner. It’s generally packed with tough casings and default specifications generally include a drop rating, ingress protection rating from dust, moisture or liquid entries etc.
Rugged barcode scanners are suitable for large and busy warehouses, outdoor environments, manufacturing facilities and any other business that is in harsh, wet and tough environments.
An Omni-directional scanner is a type of barcode scanner mostly used in point of sale functions, events, exhibitions, on top of conveyer belts etc. They are capable of capturing barcodes from all angles and come with a decent readability range too. You can get these scanners in laser or 2D technologies.
The main desirability of selecting such technology involves in some businesses requiring a scanner just to sit there on the desk and simply wave the barcode in front of it to read, this is why you see such scanners also commonly used by service stations, supermarkets, retails shops etc. They simply sit there and wait until a barcode is pointed in front of it, and once they detect the barcode, they emit the laser or LED light and capture it.
Some also have the ability to read barcodes that have been slightly damaged by heat, water, or any other environmental conditions. Some can be used to connect with Bluetooth devices as well, allowing them to share barcode data in mobile mode. Omni-directional barcode scanner saves a lot of time and provides excellent reading efficiencies with convenience and the best service that you would require for your application. These benefits allow it to be applicable for industries requiring fast-paced scanning.
Barcode scanners are used in multiple industries and come with various features catering to the needs of the clients. SCOPE LINK Barcode Technologies provides all kinds of barcode scanners usable in diverse environments and applications. A barcode scanner with Bluetooth is an additional feature that enables the sharing of the data gathered through scanning. This means that the data can be instantly transferred, then processed and saved for specific purposes.