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Types of Barcode Scanner

Types of Barcode Scanner

A gadget like this is used to read and collect information from a barcode. The barcode reader gathers and interprets barcode data before sending it to a software program that can understand it.

Here are 4 types of barcode scanner you must know.


1. Fixed Mount Barcode Scanner

These devices, as the name indicates, are mounted in a fixed spot and can read barcoded objects as they pass by at rapid speeds and in large volumes. These scanners are generally incorporated into big, automated information processing systems and may be installed at specified positions, angles, and distances, allowing them to read at high speeds with remarkable precision — for example, on fast-moving conveyor lines. In high-speed contexts such as corporate, light industrial, assembly line, and access control checkpoints, fixed mount scanners generally utilize lasers to read 1D and 2D barcodes, as well as direct part marking (DPM) barcodes. Fixed mount scanners read DPM barcodes that are used to track and trace items in industrial applications such as automotive, medical device, military, and aerospace production.


Advantages: Fixed mount scanners eliminate the need for an employee to hold the device while scanning things. The ability to operate without using one's hands boosts worker productivity.


2. In-Counter Barcode Scanners

Most people are familiar with in-counter scanners, which are found in most big retail and supermarket shops, in both cashier and self-checkout lanes. In-counter scanners are similar to fixed mount scanners in that they are stationary, but they are most commonly integrated into retail point-of-sale counters, where they can quickly read barcodes on items that pass over them without the need for the retail worker to point the scanner or trigger the device. In-counter scanners are used to read loyalty cards, discounts, mobile phone codes, and employee badges in addition to product barcodes.


Advantage:  Using this type of scanner will reduce the checkout time and keep your records updated about the items you are selling. Digital data in the record will remove the chance of any confusion in price or details of product.


3. Presentation Barcode Scanners (Also On-Counter Scanners)

Presentation scanners appear at the top of a counter instead of being set into it, and consumers "present" things to the scanner by "presenting" their barcodes. They offer a large reading surface, just as in-counter scanners, and don't require the user to hold or activate the scanner. On-counter barcode readers are frequently used in tandem with in-counter scanners. This setup is common in retail and supermarket shops, as well as cashier lines and customer self-checkouts, and most consumers are already familiar with the gadgets.


Advantage: Using this will increase the accuracy. Like in-counter scanner they will makes your customer happy by minimising the checkout time and fast shopping experience.



  • Last updated on Sep 29, 2022