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Scan Smarter, Not Harder: The Benefits of Extended Range Barcode Scanners

Scan Smarter, Not Harder: The Benefits of Extended Range Barcode Scanners

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Barcode scanning is a crucial aspect of many businesses across various industries, from retail to manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, forklift and supply chain. Traditional barcode scanners have limitations, especially when it comes to scanning barcodes from a distance or in hard-to-reach areas. This is where extended range barcode scanners like the CONKER SX5L come in, providing a more efficient way to scan barcodes from a distance and in challenging environments.

In retail, extended range barcode scanners like the SX5L are used to scan barcodes from a distance, reducing the need for employees to bend or reach to scan products on high shelves or in hard-to-reach areas. This improves efficiency and reduces the risk of injury to employees. In manufacturing, extended range barcode scanners like the CONKER SX5L are used to scan barcodes on products, parts, and components from a distance. This helps to improve the accuracy of inventory management and reduce errors in production. In logistics, extended range barcode scanners are used to scan barcodes on packages and shipments from a distance, e.g. from a forklift and may reduce the need to move goods close to achieve a scan. This improves the speed and accuracy of tracking shipments and reduces errors in logistics operations. Extended range barcode scanners are also used in warehousing, supply chain, and forklift industries.

In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of extended range scanners and how they can help businesses scan smarter, not harder. We’ll also discuss their applications in different industries and answer some common questions about these devices.

Increased Efficiency

With extended range barcode scanners employees can scan barcodes from a distance without the need to get close to the object being scanned. This not only saves time but also reduces the risk of injury from reaching or bending. The CONKER SX5L has an impressive scan range of up to 15 meters, making it ideal for large warehouses and outdoor environments.

Improved Accuracy

Extended range barcode scanners like the SX5L use advanced imaging technology that can capture high-resolution images of barcodes, even in low light or challenging environments. This results in improved accuracy and fewer errors in scanning, which can save time and money in the long run.

Versatility

Extended range barcode scanners like the are available in different forms, including handheld and fixed-mount scanners, which can be used in various applications. They are also compatible with different types of barcodes, including 1D and 2D barcodes.

Cost-Effective

Although extended range barcode scanners like the CONKER SX5L may cost more than traditional scanners, they offer long-term cost savings by reducing the need for additional staff or equipment to reach and scan barcodes. They also reduce the risk of errors that can result in costly mistakes.

Applications of Extended Range Barcode Scanners

Extended range barcode scanners including the CONKER SX5L have numerous applications in various industries. In retail, they help scan products on high shelves or in hard-to-reach areas. In manufacturing, they help scan barcodes on products, parts, and components from a distance. In logistics, they help scan barcodes on packages and shipments from a distance. In warehousing, supply chain, and forklift industries, they help scan barcodes on products, pallets, and containers from a distance.

Extended Range Barcode Scanner FAQs

Q. Can extended range barcode scanners scan all types of barcodes?

A. Yes, most extended range barcode scanners are compatible with different types of barcodes, including 1D and 2D barcodes.

Q. How far can extended range barcode scanners scan?

A. The range of extended range barcode scanners varies depending on the device, but the CONKER SX5L has an impressive scan range of up to 15 meters.

Range varies considerably with some barcode scanners being labelled as “long range” purely as a comparison to other products available from the same supplier. The majority of barcode scanners are designed for close range usage with a maximum scan distance rarely exceeding 1 metre. Our tests indicate a scanning range of 14.4 metres with the Conker SX5L and BG2L products.

Q. How much does barcode size influence scanning range.

A. As well as distance the other important variable is the “MIL” size. MIL is equal to 1/1000th of one inch. A standard retail store barcode is 13 mill which means that the smallest element in the barcode is 13/1000th of an inch. At this size most barcode readers would need to be within 25cm to read. Our 14.4 metre test achieved above was with a 200 mil QR code, a size we have seen employed as a location code in warehouses (e.g. end-of-aisle). A halving of that to 100 mil (e.g. on a warehouse shelf) would usually halve the range. Indeed our SX5L and BG2L can scan a 100 mil QR code at 7 metres.

Q. Are extended range barcode scanners more expensive than traditional barcode scanners?

A. Yes, extended range barcode scanners are generally more expensive than traditional barcode scanners due to the more advanced scan engine. The cost differential on the overall product when compared to a standard range variant is not usually seen as high. Given the use cases enabled with this technology it is easy to justify in long-term savings by improving efficiency and reducing errors. In conclusion, extended range barcode scanners like the CONKER SX5L provide a more efficient, accurate, and versatile way to scan barcodes, benefiting businesses across various industries. With their advanced imaging technology, extended range barcode scanners can capture high-resolution images of barcodes, even in low light or challenging environments, resulting in improved accuracy and fewer errors in scanning. The CONKER SX5L’s impressive scan range of up to 15 meters makes it ideal for large warehouses and outdoor environments. Although extended range barcode scanners may cost more than traditional scanners, they offer long-term cost savings by reducing the need for additional staff or equipment and minimizing the risk of costly errors. With their applications in retail, warehousing, supply chain, forklift, and logistics, extended range barcode scanners have become a game-changer in barcode scanning, helping businesses scan smarter, not harder.

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Anthony Nicholson

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