We all know what a barcode looks like, but what are our options for printing barcodes?
Barcodes are machine-readable information attached to store items that implement Auto ID Data Capture (AIDC) systems for faster data entry. The most common barcode standard is the Universal Product Code (UPC) bar code. easyposvn It is the type that is usually used in retail stores.
Each product that is registered into the system is given a unique bar code, represented by the different widths of the bars and the number of spaces in between the bars, that can be decoded by barcode scanners for faster identification, recording, and monitoring of each item.
The use of barcodes for inventory control serves as its most important function. Each item in a store is tagged with a barcode, and when the time for inventory comes, each employee can use handheld barcode scanners for a faster and more accurate inventory count. This works when the barcode system is used in partnership with a point of sale program. The use of the two systems together significantly reduces inventory costs as well.
Barcoding can be used not only to improve inventory control, but also to help track assets, monitor employees in the field, increase sales and reduce or eliminate data entry errors.
Now the question is, how do you make barcodes? Barcode software and printers are used for this purpose. There are three kinds of barcode printers: laser, dot matrix, and thermal. Each barcode label maker has their own benefits and limitations.
Dot matrix printers were the first types of printers used for creating barcode labels at the consumer level. The benefits of dot matrix label printers include being cost-efficient and relatively inexpensive. However, dot matrix printers do not produce high-quality and durable labels. Dot matrix printers also typically have to print barcode labels in larger quantities, and not one at a time which is both wasteful and not very cost-efficient.
The second type of barcode printer is the laser printer. Laser printers can print barcodes much faster than a standard dot matrix printer, and also print at higher resolutions resulting in better quality barcode labels. However, laser-printed labels are not very durable as they are printed on regular paper and not the water-resistant paper available with thermal printers.
The third type of barcode printer is the direct thermal printer which is the most efficient printer you can use for printing barcode labels. Thermal printers work by printing barcodes using heat on a special heat-sensitive paper or labels.
Thermal printers can produce high-resolution barcode labels and can print them one at a time, reducing waste and making them much more cost-efficient than laser and dot matrix printers.
Most importantly, thermal printers are capable of working with the latest high-quality point of sale programs for inventory tracking. Most high quality POS programs can help to use these thermal printers to print barcode labels that include detailed information such as prince, model number, description etc.