When choosing a scanner, there are several things for business owners to take into consideration.
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South East Labels, provider of labels and labelling systems for businesses, have stated that it is vital for business owners to have all of the right information before making a purchase. They have offered clients expert advice on choosing a scanner, including which questions to consider before purchase.
Questions to consider before buying
How close do you need the barcodes to be to the scanner?
Basic scanners can pick up on barcodes from a distance of around 2 – 3 inches, meaning there is less flexibility as to where a barcode must be held in order to be read. More advanced scanners can read barcodes from further away. For example, Datalogics Powerscan PM8300 scanners can scan barcodes from up to 1.0mtr away with standard optics or up to 12.5mtrs away with Auto Range.
How mobile do you need the scanner to be?
Wireless scanners can be very useful for mobility, particularly if the client is working in a large area such as a warehouse. Cheaper corded scanners are fine for most office environments, and there are various options available for use. USB is the most straightforward, however clients can also take advantage of keyboard wedge and RS 232 systems.
Will you be using real-time scanning?
In a retail environment, a scanned device will need to appear instantly on a screen, meaning any chosen scanner will need to offer this service. Other scanners offer storage systems for scanned items, which is more useful for stock inventories. Depending on how fast you need the scanned item to register, clients will need to choose the appropriate product for their working environment.
When choosing a scanner, South East Labels believes it is important for business owners to think carefully about their needs before purchase. A cheaper scanner may be fine for infrequent usage; however, it will not be suitable for continuous scanning in a busy environment. By considering the above questions, business owners are able to make an informed decision. Professional advice is available from South East Labels on all of their labelling products.
About South East Labels
South East Labels (www.southeastlabels.co.uk) has been established since 1988 as a reliable supplier of labels and labelling systems. Offering printed labels, scanners and verifiers, South East Labels has provided labelling systems for a huge variety of industries.