Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Barcode Readers – What Are They?

If you are a small business owner today you need to make technology your friend if you have not already.  One such technology is the use of a barcode reader.  What is it and how does it work?
Many of you have seen barcodes and just ignored them since you did not know what they were for but since they are becoming more popular it is time to define them.  A barcode is a small square image of vertical lines and spaces used to show symbols and numbers.  To read these barcodes you need a barcode reader or, in some cases, an app for your cell phone will do the trick.
More businesses are using barcodes for a variety of things including tracking inventory, books in libraries, commercial establishments, and coupons just to name a few.  They help the businessperson manage their database, manage inventory records and to track product movement through an assembly line.
The barcode readers themselves use a laser beam that reads the reflections from the various line, space and thickness. The readers will then translate the digital data and transfer it to a computer.  Super markets were one of the first to use this system and you can see them used today.
There are many types of barcode readers available and you should do a little research to determine the best one for your business.  But whatever you do do not ignore this technology if you can use it.  Like all technology, it will only get better as time goes by.
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