Barcode Software

barcodes

Barcoding Inc. supplies a complete line of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) barcode software, and also produces custom software on demand.  There are many different software packages to choose from, each with their own features and benefits that can improve your business practices.  Tracking inventory is the most popular use for barcode software, however any form of data collection can be performed with different software packages.

Off the Shelf Barcode Software

How do you integrate barcode label printing into your existing infrastructure?
Which technology should you use to scan those barcodes? Imagers? Laser Scanners?
Read the inside scoop from industry experts, download the white papers to the right

Custom Barcode Software Development

Barcoding’s Software Services Group (SSG) creates custom data collection applications using a wide variety of software development tools. With a large base of existing code, the SSG can quickly and economically produce the application software you need for your data collection needs. With Barcoding Inc. as your development partner, you can feel confident that your project will be completed on schedule, on budget.

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For additional information about barcode software, contact Barcoding Inc.

How do I choose the best scanner for my application?

For applications requiring scanning of linear bar codes, both lasers and the linear imagers are excellent technologies and while there are some overlaps in their appropriate applications, each technology has characteristics that make it better for specific uses.

The criteria used to decide which technology to use — or how to mix the technologies within your enterprise — should be based on the scanning application (from what distances will scans be made, what is the condition of the bar codes being scanned, what is the work environment, etc.) as well as price/performance considerations.

The chart below summarizes the characteristics of the most recent generation of linear imaging and laser scanning technologies.

Questions to Ask When Selecting a Scanner:

  • What is the reading distance and item to be scanned?
  • What type of code will be used?
  • What is the condition or source of the bar code?
  • What are the environmental conditions?
  • Do you need to read bar codes off computer screens?
  • How important is performance?
  • How much do I want to pay?

The most recent generation of linear imaging and laser scanning technologies

Application Linear Image Laser Scanner
Scanning distance less than 18 inches (45 cm)  
Scanning distance up to 35 feet
(11 meters)
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Higher barcode densities check Requires special scan engine
Poor quality/damaged barcodes check  
Over-laminated barcodes check  
Linear barcode labels check check
2D stacked barcodes - PDF 417, Code 49 (requires special software) check Requires special scan engine
Matrix codes (Datamtrix, QR codes) (see "Other scanning technologies"
Reliability check  
Scan Rate: 30-50 scans per second   check
Scan Rate: 200-800 scans per second check Fixed position only
Very bright spotting and scanning beam   check
Fast scanning in fixed positions check check
Retail price (with cable)
$150-700 USD
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Retail price (with cable)
$500-2000 USD
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 Chart summarizing the characteristics of the most recent generation of linear imaging and laser scanning technologies.


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