With the volume of useful information on The BarCode News, and our mission to be your "Go-to site for everything Bar Code," we'd like to offer some information on the types of bar code hardware available in the marketplace. Today's focus is on barcode readers, also called barcode scanners.
As you probably know, the purpose of a barcode scanner is to save time and increase accuracy while processing transactions. Barcode readers help you serve customers efficiently and effectively, reduce errors in inventory and pricing, save staff time, and lower costs.
A barcode reader or barcode scanner is a device used to read manufacturer’s bar code labels. When the barcode scanner's laser starts picking up a bar code label (UPC for example), it translates the black and white lines of the bar code into the numbers and letters that make up the stock number of the item. It then transmits that stock number to the computer just as if you had typed the number on the keyboard. Since typing numbers in manually is quite time-consuming, inefficient, and generally has a high error rate, barcode scanners are considered an indispensable and worthwhile tool for many different industry verticals.
Depending on the bar code scanning applications within your business, you'll choose one of the following:
Types of bar code scanners and readers:
Types of housings for bar code scanners and readers:
Are you searching for a bar code scanning solution for your business? Take a look at "How to Choose a Barcode Reader or Barcode Scanner"
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