In my last article about the 1D Barcodes Vs 2D Barcode scenario, one thing I did miss out (thank-you people for your comments and questions!) was whether 2D barcode technology is good enough for scanning applications where barcode scanning speed and intensity are the main issues.
The short answer is that I feel in scenarios where barcode scanning throughput is still a major element of the process, you need a 1D barcode scanner. I’d say anything in the supermarket where you’re reading UPC barcodes with a barcode scanner of some nature would fall firmly in this category. In fact, unless you really do have a need to scan 2D Barcodes or are hellbent on keeping your barcode equipment future proof , then stay with a 1D barcode scanner. most barcode scanner applications are still using 1D technology in the retail environment.
In the Rugged PDA scenario however I think there are various 2D scanners that are more than adequate to scan, say 50 parcels onto a van all in one go and to then allow a light scan intensity during the daily workflow. Look out for anything with a Motorola 2D scan engine in it for starters. The SE4400 is a pretty good scanner these days and is highly configurable, making it extremely versatile and fast if set-up correctly. The Adaptus scanner, found in anything from its own Honeywell products, Janam and GaneData’s is still one of the best scanners on the market in our view.
We recently pitted up the GaneData GX8010 against the Opticon H19B and it wiped the floor with it on scanning accuracy and reading speed. We’ll let you see the video soon!
So, although 2D barcode scanners are getting better and better all the time, be wary when buying one if scan speed is paramount. if in doubt get in touch and I’ll help you choose the right one.
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