Bar-code

The most common variety of AutoID, there are many bar-code formats, each designed for a particular application. All have one thing in common - greatly reducing errors and lowering labor costs.

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Next time you are in a supermarket checkout line, compare the time the clerk takes to scan items versus the time it takes to enter an item that did not scan. How can you apply this benefit within your own business?

We see many places where bar-code equipment has been brought in to satisfy a large customer's requirements, but that's all it does. The customer certainly saw benefit in bar-code. Use some imagination. You don't even need "bar-code aware" applications, because "wedges" allow your bar-code scans to come in as though they were keyboard input.

The most well known bar-code is the "UPC code" used on retail items and recognized by cash register scanners, but it is far from the only one. A number of standard codes are adapted to different applications. Several bar-code formats can hold more information than UPC and information of a much wider variety. New "2-dimensional" codes are now being implemented that allow coding many times more information than the familiar linear codes.

A great thing about a bar-code setup is it comes with a high quality label printer and label software. You can use these to produce all sorts of Labels for all sorts of purposes, with and without bar-code on them.

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