Barcode Scanning Overview

Barcode scanning is the process of capturing and identifying labels on products, packages, or other items as they move along the conveyor system. These labels include identifying marks such as barcodes, RFID codes, QR codes, or other unique attributes used to identify and track what is on the conveyor. Scanners are an integral tool used in the conveying automation process. The information captured is communicated and used to manage, sort, and control the destination of each product or package.

Benefits & Features

  • Realtime Tracking
    Using Warehouse control system (WCS) and sensors, products and packages can easily be scanned, then tracked and correctly routed to the desired location automatically.
  • Data Gathering
    Once scanned, the captured code can be transmitted to the WCS, so that the location of the product is always available.
  • Available Technology
    ID capture can use many different signals to identify products and packages. There are different types of processors available to read and interpret the captured code. Some common examples of ID capture codes include:
    • Barcodes
      A common type of identifier that uses a code consisting of lines and spaces, and a string of numbers, to identify the product. These are commonly seen as UPC codes on products at a store.
    • QR Codes
      Quick Response (QR) codes can store a wider range of information such as data, URLs, and number and letter strings. They are always in a square shape and can be scanned either vertically or horizontally. One of the distinct advantages of using QR codes is that the data associated with it can be changed.
    • RFID Technology
      Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags contain an internal microchip and antenna which allows it to communicate with RFID readers through radio waves. Once the RFID tag is within range of a reader, the information can be sent to the scanner. It is not necessary to be within line-of-site for the RFID tags to be read.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of identification data can be captured by ID capture conveyor systems?

    ID capture conveyors can capture various types of data, including barcodes, QR codes, RFID tags, alphanumeric characters, and even handwritten information, depending on the sensor and scanning technology used.

  • How do ID capture conveyor systems ensure data accuracy and reliability?

    These systems often incorporate advanced scanning and verification technologies, such as multiple sensors, validation algorithms, and real-time data validation, to ensure accurate and reliable data capture.

  • Can ID capture conveyor systems interface with other software or databases, such as warehouse management systems (WMS) or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems?

    Yes, many ID capture conveyor systems are designed to seamlessly integrate with various software platforms and databases, allowing for real-time data sharing and automation.

  • Are ID capture conveyor systems capable of reading damaged or partially obscured identification codes or labels?

    Some advanced ID capture systems are equipped with features like error correction algorithms and image enhancement to improve the chances of successfully reading damaged or obscured identification data.

  • What are the security considerations when handling sensitive identification data using these systems?

    ID capture conveyor systems may incorporate security features such as data encryption, access control, and audit trails to protect sensitive identification data from unauthorized access or tampering.