How to choose the right barcode reader

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Choosing the most appropriate barcode reader technology is essential for the logistics management of any company, regardless of its size. Despite how widespread barcode readers are, it is not easy to select the most suitable one. That is why having a partner like Logiscenter , which is a reference in the automatic identification and mobility sector, can be the solution for any SME or large company.

These types of companies work with the main manufacturers in the sector and make available to their clients the best equipment and services related to barcodes, RFID, access control and the point of sale, which is key to achieving commercial success. of your company.

Being professionals, they will be able to advise you on the best technology that best suits the needs of your business, whether it is for a project to install hundreds of pieces of equipment or if you only need a single reader or even a roll of labels.

For example, you should know that when it comes to barcode readers, there are many types on the market, and selecting the one that best suits your company’s needs will be essential.

Types of barcode readers

Using a barcode reader is very easy: just connect the cable to the scanner on your computer and you don’t have to do anything else. Of course, as we say, not all barcode readers are the same and selecting the most suitable one is quite a challenge. To do so, you should consider where you are going to use it, how often, how it will be used, if it will remain connected to the PC… among other factors.

Taking this into account, you will be able to select the most suitable one. You should know that these are the different types of barcode readers that exist:

-According to their scanning engine: They can be of three types depending on the technology they use. On one side is the laser, which uses a red diode to read the black and white spaces of the barcode. It is one of the most used, but it can only read one-dimensional codes and they have to be placed a few centimeters away.

On the other hand, there are those of linear images, which only read codes in one dimension and what they do is take an image of the code to read it. Finally, there are those that capture images in two dimensions, which can read any type of barcode and it does not matter what orientation it is in or what surface it is on. That is why the most complete.

-According to its shape: There are pistol-type scanners (the usual ones that we find in stores) but in addition to that there are other types. You can find the manual pistol ones -those in which you have to pull the trigger- that exist with cable and wireless.

On the other hand, there are the readers that are placed on a piece of furniture or support and you do not have to pick them up, but pass the code through the light diode. Also those that are integrated into the furniture, which also allow them to be used without touching them. Others can be integrated into a conveyor line and remain fixed, so that the codes pass over them automatically.

-According to the wiring: There are several types, those that connect to the computer via a cable or those that are wireless. Most of the latter connect via Bluetooth.

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