Traceability is essential for every modern supply chain business to enable visibility, compliance and if necessary, a successful recall. While some businesses continue to rely on inefficient and incorrect manual data collection techniques, several others are now switching to automatic data collection systems that collect data rapidly and precisely and store it in a digital database for easy accessibility.
And barcoding has become the most popular and cost-effective way to establish traceability. Barcodes are both affordable and dependable, making them a vital and feasible option for organizations wanting to increase productivity and save expenses. Barcodes have a proven track record of making organizations more productive, from removing the human errors to delivering better data, enhancing inventory management and fostering better decision-making.
Despite the fact that barcoding systems make inventory tracking and asset visibility much easier, implementing them can be difficult, especially because switching from manual methods to barcodes forces a company to rethink its entire data collection process and necessitates the use of experts to perform new technology integration. The advantages of a barcoding system, however, significantly surpass any difficulties encountered during implementation.
Here’s how you can easily implement barcodes in your business.
When implementing a barcode for the first time, it’s crucial to have a solid plan. In addition to preventing future problems, this will also ensure compatibility between the various components of the barcode system.
- The first step is to register for barcodes.
- Next is to decide the type of barcode to be implemented. It depends on the quantity of information to be added and available space.Commonly used barcodes are 1D and 2D barcodes.
- 1-Dimensional barcodes:It is comprised of vertical black lines with white space in between.These are used when limited information is needed to be added on the label like price, manufacturing and expiry date, location, batch no, contents etc. These are also called as linear barcodes and are also suitable where data gets changed frequently.
- 2- Dimensionalbarcodes: These are used when data is large in size and space is limited. Data matrix and QR Code are the examples of 2 D barcodes.
- Once you have chosen your barcode type, you can use label printing software to specify the position of barcodes, logos and other necessary information on the label. You may use Bartender or Zebra label designer software.Both are available on the webstore
- The next step involves choosing a barcode printer with consumables and scanner.
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The final step is to define guidelines for the placement of the barcode label. If a barcode label is broken or not accessible in any way, it may be rendered useless for inventory tracking. As a result, it’s important to choose the best location for barcode labels so that the scanner can read them quickly and easily.
And with that, your barcodes will be functional and you can start tracking your inventory and optimize inventory management, amongst many other things.
Ease the process with BCI
If you’re looking for a one-stop solution for your barcode needs, then BCI is the right place for you. Whether you’re looking for hardwareor software, the BCI Webstore has got you covered. Once your barcode is ready, all you need to do is visit the BCIL Webstore to complete the barcode implementation process.
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