The shortcomings of barcode scanners and solutions

Tue Jun 14 15:21:34 CST 2022

The barcode scanner is used to read the contents of the label. In warehouses, distribution centers, or assembly lines, scanners are often used to check outgoing labels. Although handheld barcode scanners can be a fast and lower-cost option, they do not guarantee that your label meets industry standards or contains correct information about the recipient. Barcode scanners are usually used for spot checks of goods, and usually ignore potentially bad labels or labels that cannot be scanned. Given that there is no industry standard for barcode scanners, the quality of scanners and their label reading capabilities may vary. It is not enough to check whether the label can be scanned with a barcode scanner. The shipper must not only scan the contents of the label, but also verify the grade of the label. The industry has established a label grading system, from A to F to assess the readability of labels. Many customers only accept A and B quality bar codes.
Fortunately, there is a tool that allows barcode label printers to exceed the capabilities of scanners to verify each label printed. The Printronix Auto ID ODV-2D barcode verifier can scan and rate barcodes in accordance with industry standards, and store detailed reports for each transaction. Shippers can print with confidence because they know that the label applied to the package is correct, readable, and of an acceptable level at the receiving end. In addition, the data from the barcode verifier can be sent back to the printer's software, providing a closed-loop system to ensure that all predetermined labels are successfully printed.