What benefits you get with Barcodes in your Business

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    Blog posted on : 09-10-2020

    What benefits you get with Barcodes in your Business

    The barcode itself consists of a number of lines and spaces. There must be a so-called protection zone before and after the code. This is an empty space where there must be no printing and it is necessary for proper reading. The GS1India barcode itself then starts with a start symbol and ends with a stop symbol. The color used must be sufficiently contrasting to the substrate and in no case red. By default, red is used by sensors as the default color of the scanning beam.

    Advantages of using barcodes

    1. Save time

    Time is money and therefore it pays to save every second. If we compare the scanning speed from a barcode with manual input, we will inevitably conclude that each scanner will be at least 4 times faster than the fastest hands. If we compare the speed of data acquisition from a barcode with keyboard input, we will find that even the best typewriter is at least three times slower than any scanner.

    2. Elimination of errors

    By using machine sensing, the error rate can be reduced to almost zero. However, the zero error rates also depend on the quality of the barcode and the quality of the scanner.

    3. Traceability

    With the right software, you can check the current inventory of a particular good or product at any time by simply reading the barcode. Using barcodes in retail will increase checkout productivity by tens of percent. In addition, it is possible at any time to determine the stock status of individual goods in stock. 

    4. Universal use

    Bar codes can be printed on various materials and can therefore be used not only in extreme temperatures, but also, for example, on materials resistant to moisture, acids or extreme stress.

    5. Possibility of extension

    If you need more information in a barcode, more advanced technologies can be used. Nowadays, 2D codes and now also RFID technologies are increasingly used. In principle, these technologies are the same, but they can carry several times more data.

    6. Flexibility

    Bar codes can be used in a variety of, even extreme environments and terrains. They can be printed on materials resistant to high temperatures or extreme frost, on materials resistant to acids, abrasion, and excessive humidity. Their dimensions can even be adapted to be used on miniature electronic components.

    7. Accuracy

    When entering data manually, an error occurs on average every three hundred entries, when using barcodes, the number of errors is reduced to one millionth, and most of these errors can be eliminated if a check digit is inserted in the code, which verifies the correct reading of all others.

    How do barcodes work?

    The barcode consists of dark lines and light gaps, which are read using specialized readers - barcode scanners.

    Traditional laser barcode scanners emit red light. This light is absorbed by dark lines and reflected by light gaps. The sensor detects differences in reflection and converts them into electrical signals corresponding to the width of lines and gaps. These signals are converted into numbers or letters contained in the relevant barcode. This means that each digit or letter is recorded in the barcode using predefined line widths and spaces. The data contained in the barcode can include almost anything: the manufacturer's number, the product number, the place of storage, the serial number or the name of a certain person who, for example, is allowed to enter an otherwise enclosed space.