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How to Choose the Right Barcode Scanner

How to Choose the Right Barcode Scanner

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Published by omark518
If you are considering a Honeywell barcode scanner, check out these reviews first:
If you are considering a Honeywell barcode scanner, check out these reviews first:

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Published by: omark518 on Jan 21, 2012
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 ==== ====A review of Honeywell barcode scanners:http://www.honeywellbarcodescanner.com ==== ====Choosing a barcode scanner can be a challenging task if you don't have a lot of experience. Thisis a quick overview of what you should know when selecting barcode scanners. 1D or 2D? The first question you need to ask is what type of barcode you will be scanning: 1D or 2D. This isimportant because a 1D scanner cannot scan 2D barcodes, although 2D scanners can scan 1Dbarcodes. A 1D barcode has black vertical lines. 1D barcodes have a range of symbologies: code39, code128 and UPC are typical. UPC (UniversalProduct Codes) barcodes are found on merchandise and store products, whereas the othersymbologies are typically used for internal tracking such as manufacturer serial numbers,inventory locations, etc. Most scanners are configurable to filter out and read only the symbologiesyou specify. If you don't know the symbology you are using, you should check to confirm that thescanner can read it if you elect to use a 1D scanner. 2D barcodes store more information than 1D barcodes, but they require a 2D reader. Commonexamples of 2D include drivers license, FedEx and UPS package tracking. Benefits of 2D includebeing able to read the barcode even if a portion of the label is damaged or obscured, as well asstoring much more information that a 1D barcode. Most people will use 1D barcode scanners since that is the most popular. Imager or Laser Barcode Scanner? Laser barcode scanners read 1D barcodes. Most new handheld, PDA or mobile scanners haveconverted and use an imager. An imager allows you to read 1D or 2D, although when youpurchase the scanner you should be careful to specify that you need to read 2D barcodes even if itsays in includes an imager. Laser scanners emit a thin red line of light (the laser) which reads the barcode. Many imagers alsoemit a red line of light, but this is just to help the user target what they are scanning. An imagertakes a picture of the barcode and then decodes it, so imager can handle misaligned, damaged ordirty barcodes better than laser scanners. Mobile, Hand-held or Fixed? The form factor for scanners varies by the type of application. For handheld data collectionapplications, you should look for a scanner built into rugged mobile devices like Intermec CN3,
CN50 or Motorola MC55 or MC75 devices. These scanners are integrated into mobile computersso a mobile software application talks directly to the scanner using the scanner API. Examples ofmobile computer scanner applications include: · Inventory counts· Proof of Delivery· Asset tracking and audits· Inspections· Operator rounds Mobile computer scanners range in price from $1250 to $3000+. Hand-held barcode scanners are dedicated devices that usually are connected to a PC orterminal. With hand-held scanners, it is up to the PC to handle the application and processing ofthe barcode. These are usually seen in retail environments at the Point of Sale (POS) or mountedon forklifts where an operator has a terminal on the forklift and uses the scanner to confirm whatthey load. Handheld scanners usually connect via the serial port and can work wirelessly (e.g. Bluetooth orproprietary) or tethered. If wireless, they can scan anywhere from 2 - 30 feet away from the hostcomputer. Most hand-held scanners have an option to take whatever is scanned and put it in the keyboardbuffer, which makes it appear that someone typed the barcode value. When operating in thismode, it is simple to use with existing applications. You should check with each type of scanner toensure it supports the keyboard buffer, otherwise you will need to ensure it has drivers to supportyour operating system. Most scanners support Windows; however, that does not mean theysupport Windows CE which is usually the OS on forklift terminals, or Linux or Blackberry or anyother OS. If you elect to use a BlueTooth scanner, you need to ensure it supports your device. For instance,if you want to scan to a phone or PDA, you need to ensure the scanner has drivers. Just becauseyou have a Blackberry device with Bluetooth, do not assume a Bluetooth scanner will work. Hand-held scanners like the Motorola LS 2208 are around $200. Tethered scanners can be lessthan $100. Bluetooth scanners like the Baracoda or Socket scanner are $400-$600. A third option is a fixed mount scanner. These scanners are usually installed on conveyor belts,self-serve grocery checkout stands and store price lookups. With fixed mount scanners, you haveto ensure the barcode will pass within a readable distance and at a suitable angle. Grocery storecheckout stands have multiple scanners to address this. In applications like conveyor belts, fixedmount scanners can be tied to light-activated sensors so the scanner is activated when the lightbeam is broken. This enables you to 1) know when you should expect to read a barcode 2) controlthe time to read a barcode. Fixed mount scanners for industrial type use can range in price from $500 - $1500. If you have questions on scanners, visit http://www.bizspeed.com/category/barcode-scanners to

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