How to choose the right barcode reader


Choosing the right barcode reader technology is critical to the logistics management of any company of any size. Despite the widespread use of barcode readers, it is not easy to select the right one. That is why having a partner like Logiscenter, a reference in the automatic identification and mobility sector, can be the solution for any SME or large company.

This type of company works with the main manufacturers in the sector and provides its customers with the best equipment and services related to barcodes, RFID, access control and point of sale, which is key to the commercial success of your company.

Being professionals, they will be able to advise you on the best technology and that best suits the needs of your business, whether for an installation project of hundreds of equipment or if you just need a single reader or even a roll of tags.

For example, you have to know that when talking about barcode readers, there are many types on the market, and selecting the one that best suits your business needs will be critical.

Types of barcode scanners

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

With this in mind you will be able to select the most suitable one. You should know that these are the different types of barcode scanners that exist:

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

On the other hand, there are linear imagers, which only read one-dimensional codes and 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 in what orientation it is or on what surface it is on. It is therefore the most complete.

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

On the other hand, there are readers that are placed on a piece of furniture or support and you don’t have to pick them up, but just pass the code through the light diode. There are 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 are passed over them automatically.

-Depending on 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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