Using Barcode Scanning Solutions with Oracle Applications and Desktop Computers

An Oracle White Paper August 2000

This paper provides an outline of how this would be accomplished and illustrates the options available when implementing such a system. often these labels that contain bar codes also have human readable text. Second. barcodes virtually eliminate data entry errors due to labels being misread or typographical errors. every time. The barcode immediately transmits all encoded information directly to the computer -. While some information might be cumbersome to track through keyboard entry systems because of the volume and complexity of data (such as serial number information). Information is entered exactly the way it appears on the label all the time. There are many different types of barcode symbologies that can be used depending on the size of barcode needed and amount of data encoded. Utilizing a bar code symbology to encode information on a label allows that information to be read fast.Using Barcode Scanning Solutions with Oracle Applications and Desktop Computers ORACLE APPLICATIONS Oracle Applications provides a full-suite of applications that enable a business to maximize operating efficiencies while tracking a high level of operational data. Using barcodes as part of any operation has many advantages over other labeling methods. It is no longer necessary to carefully type information into a keyboard. For information on Oracle mobile applications for radio frequency (RF) enabled computers. refer to the product release announcement for Supply Chain Mobile Applications and/or Oracle Warehouse Management System. with accuracy. barcodes make higher levels of information tracking possible.sometimes as much as an entire page of text in one scan. Linear 1 . that information can be collected effectively and efficiently by using barcodes. One way to increase the speed of data entry is to integrate Oracle Applications running on a desktop computer with a barcoding and scanning system. Finally. First. If a barcode is illegible (or misscanned). and with 1 in 1 million substitution error rate. barcodes significantly increase the speed of data entry. Barcodes Barcodes can be thought of as a font for information on a label. the system will not recognize it and generally requires manual keyed input or a valid scan. allowing easy access to important information.

Figure 1: Example of a linear Code 39 Extended bar code Figure 2: Example of a 2D PDF417 bar code.barcode symbologies (Code 39. Just as there are many types of barcodes. Data Matrix) are capable of encoding large amounts of data in a very small barcode (Figure 2). The uses for barcodes are practically limitless. Manufacturing facilities can use barcodes to encode SKU. location. Code 39 Extended. Pick Slips. and Sales Orders. and serial number information. lot. They are used primarily where the objects to be scanned are relatively small and light and can easily be passed over the surface. rugged device is needed. More advanced 2D barcodes (PDF417. Handheld wedge scanners (Figure 4) are larger and feature a trigger for initiating the laser scan. there are wireless wedge scanners (Figure 6) that can be used where mobility is important and it may be difficult to move the items that need to be scanned. Figure 3: Example of a wand scanner Figure 4: Example of a handheld wedge scanner 2 . Barcodes can be used in any number of industries and operations. Code 128) are usually capable of encoding numbers and letters. They are comfortable and rugged while remaining light and very mobile. and are ideal for environments where a small. and usage of the scanner. Finally. Distribution facilities can use barcodes to encode document numbers like Purchase Orders. lightweight. Wand scanners (Figure 3) are extremely small. but grow larger with the amount of data stored in them (Figure 1). Barcode Scanners Barcode scanners enable immediate retrieval of data from barcodes to be entered directly into a computer system. there are many types of barcode scanners depending on the industry. Fixed scanners (Figure 5) usually sit within a desk and the barcodes are brought in front of the scanning surface.

The scanner plugs directly into the desktop computer that is running Oracle Applications and is recognized as keyboard input to the operating system. Such an implementation is best suited for a workstation location with close proximity to a terminal running Oracle Applications. 3 . a fixed scanner may be used to enter item and lot information for material as it comes off the line.Figure 5: Example of a fixed scanner Figure 6: Example of a wireless wedge scanner Using Scanning Systems with Oracle Applications Most barcode scanners are capable of connecting directly to a desktop computer. At the end of a manufacturing line. a barcode scanner may yield significant improvements. Different locations within the same facility can even use different types of barcoding equipment according to the particular needs. just as if that information had been typed into the keyboard. Information entered via the barcode scanner gets populated into the field the cursor is currently on. A wireless wedge scanner might be used at the shipping dock to scan shipping information and document numbers. In work areas where high velocities or volumes of transactions within Oracle Applications are needed. A wand scanner might be used within Oracle Assets to scan fixed assets tags. Using a barcode scanning system is an excellent way to ensure accurate and efficient data entry. Integrating a barcode scanning system with Oracle Applications is an easy and effective way to streamline a slow data-laden operation into a much more efficient and accurate organization. All Oracle Applications list of value (LOV) and field validation is processed in the same way as well.

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