Bar Code Printing
The variety of technologies available for bar code printing can be overwhelming. The barcodes can be printed on existing Laser/Inkjet or Dot Matrix Printers and can be purchased in the pre-printed format.
Most widely used media are of thermal technology. Thermal media comes in two types, one is of direct thermal type where in the ribbon is not required and another one is of thermal transfer type where the ribbon is required. This method of printing is widely used in all types of retail applications. There are several models with varying speeds and sizes. Correct selection of printer for your application is very important to use the printer to its efficiency.
Direct Thermal printing utilizes heat-sensitive media that blackens as it passes under the print-head. Because they print without a ribbon, direct thermal printers are noted for their simplicity. Direct thermal printed labels typically have a considerable shelf life but are not well suited for environments that expose them to heat, long periods of direct sunlight, or abrasion.
Thermal Transfer printed labels are easily identified by the crisp, often glossy, printed surface. The clarity is achieved by using a thin ribbon roll that when heated by the print-head melts onto the label to form the image. When matched with suitable media, thermal transfer technology is not only impervious to heat and moisture, but the image cannot be rubbed off, making the printed labels the most durable available. An additional benefit of this technology is the continuity of the printed image. Because the color and density of the printed image is determined by the ribbon and the resolution of the printer, thermal transfer printing produces consistent, reliable printing on every label.
Most of the thermal barcode printers do support Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer media. Correct media needs to be chosen for the correct configuration in the printer.
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Barcode scanner is a device, which is used to read the barcode and decode the bar coded data to a PC or Host system. One of the most common methods of reading barcodes is by use of the hand held barcode scanner. The barcode scanners have built-in decoders and can read several different barcode types. Most of the scanners receive their power from the PC keyboard or USB port so no external power supply is required. In case of serial connectivity (RS232), the external power supply is required since no power is available through RS232 port.
When a barcode is scanned in, the data is sent to your PC as if it had been typed by the keyboard (in case of Keyboard & USB). Most barcode scanners can read common linear symbologies such as Code 39, UPC, EAN, Code 128 and Codebar. Based upon scanning technology the scanners can be classified as CCD (Charged Couple Device) and Laser scanners. From application point of view, the scanners can be classified as Hand Held Scanners, Fixed Mount, Flatbed and Cordless scanners.
Most commonly used scanners are of 1D barcode readers. New method of 2D barcodes is coming to use now for a specific applications. Scanners that can read 2D barcodes need to be used to 2D barcodes.
1D Barcode Image
2D Barcode Image
Barcode Software / POS Software
Barcode Software is professionally developed software used for creating the barcode labels. Barcode label creator provides easy design and printing features that creates customized barcode labels in few seconds. Easy-to-use and reliable barcode label generator is capable of making creative and attractive barcode labels or asset tags useful for shipping labels, bin labels, rack labels and inventory/tracking labels etc.
The user can easily create bar codes in customized format using the label maker software. The high resolution and versatile barcode label images can be easily printed in different caption color, background color and font color using professional barcode label software. Barcode and labeling software allows you to enter barcode caption and barcode value to build barcode stickers and labels. The barcode generators available in the market are powerful enough to build bulk barcode labels for commercial usage.
Barcodes are basically the machine-readable symbols used to store bits of data. Barcodes are used for identification, tracking, inventory and most of all for security. A bar code is a series of varying width vertical lines (called bars) and spaces. Bars and spaces together are called "elements" that represents different characters and are affixed to retail store items, identification cards, and postal mails to identify a particular product number or location.
Typical Applications for Bar Coding
- Retail, POS
- Receiving and Put away
- Warehouse and Inventory Management
- Work-In-Process tracking
- Transportation and Logistics
- Shipping and Distribution
- Healthcare Agencies
- Automobile Industry
- Graphic Designing
- Postal Services
- Telecom Industry
- Electronic and Chemical Industry
- Price item marketing
- Financial services and other similar organizations