Implementing a barcode system can be an invaluable part of any successful business. It can make the work of the dealer, management, and employees easier. In return, they can serve their customers better and focus more on keeping them satisfied.
Barcodes have proven useful in several types of businesses. It makes inventory management easy for everyone involved as scanning barcodes with handheld scanners makes inventory counting faster and more accurate. It can also be used to better track documents and assets and monitor field workers. All of these benefits combined result in higher sales and improved profits.
Are you already planning to use barcodes in your company, but you don’t know how? The answer lies in barcode software programs and barcode printers. Here are some barcode solutions for you:
Dot-matrix printers are the most common barcode solutions. The dot matrix was the first method of making bar codes and is sometimes still used today because it is easily accessible and relatively inexpensive. It also uses multi-pass ribbons, which are generally cheaper than toners or inks.
Ribbons should always be monitored as the contrast of printed labels will deteriorate as the ribbon wears. In barcode systems, the color contrast is very important for the barcode scanner to accurately decode the barcode. Bleeding caused by ink saturation can also affect the quality of the barcode. At Logicode one limitation of the dot matrix printer is that it is difficult to generate small bar codes because of the printer’s dot size limitations. Also, it can only be printed on paper, so the labels are not that durable.
Another barcode solution is the inkjet printer. This type of printer is also relatively inexpensive, and adhesive papers (adhesive papers) are available from many stores. However, inkjet printers print very slowly at Logicode. That said, the printer itself is less resistant to dust, dirt, vibration, and other environmental influences, and there is a very limited amount of barcode software available to support inkjet printers.
Laser printers are better barcode solutions. They act like a copier, which means they can print quickly. In addition, laser printers print at high resolution and high density, resulting in a high-quality image. This type of printer is often the choice when barcode documents need to be printed.
One disadvantage of laser printers is their consumption. Laser printers use a lot of black toners when they are used as barcode labelers. In addition, you cannot print on chemical- and water-resistant paper, so the labels are less durable.
Thermal printers have special functions with which individual and individual labels can be printed instead of stack-based or sheet-based. This eliminates the need to print additional labels, as is often required with dot-matrix or laser printers, which can save you money on consumables.
Among the barcode solutions already mentioned, thermal printers are usually the only barcode labeler that is able to print individual labels. Thermal printers also produce inexpensive, high-quality barcode labels because you only need the special heat-sensitive paper to be used as the printing material. A disadvantage of thermal printers is that the labels produced are sensitive to heat and light and can discolor after 6-8 months.
The main advantage of thermal printers is that they can be synchronized with the point of sale software. Thermal printers can interact with POS programs to print product information such as model number, price, and product name or brief descriptions.