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Laser Scanner or Imager for Barcode Asset Tracking - Which Is Better?

Many of us think of lasers when we think of scanning barcodes. Indeed, lasers were the dominant scanning technology for the first several decades of the barcoding industry. Around 2007, new imaging technology became competitive with lasers. Today lasers are no longer the best choice in all (or even most) scenarios. So the question remains between laser scanners versus barcode imagers: which should you choose for your business?

Larry Silverman

March 9, 2016

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Pitfall: Serial Numbers are Not Unique

When tracking your equipment, every item must have a unique identifier (ID) assigned so the system can tell them apart. This can be called the “tracking ID”, “tag ID” or “barcode."

But how do you choose the format of that unique ID in your serial number tracking system? What do you encode into the barcode?

Larry Silverman

February 26, 2016

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Use Shortcut Barcodes to Accelerate Your Work

If you only think of a barcode as a tracking ID, think bigger. Shortcut barcodes can be used as work accelerators enabling great gains in worker productivity.

Larry Silverman

December 16, 2015

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Barcodes: A Brief History

The first barcode, with a design like a bullseye, was invented in 1948 by two Drexel University students named Norman J Woodland and Bernard Silver. They were interested in tackling the problems of the supermarket industry, which sorely needed a better method of inventory management and customer check-out. The pair received a patent in 1952. Long story short, it worked in the lab but was wildly impractical due to the limitations of the technology of the day.

Larry Silverman

November 19, 2015

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