Replacing pens and paper with bar codes and scanners reduces costs, improves operations, and is available to businesses of all sizes.
Barcoding is easy to implement, easy to use, and delivers a quick return on investment. When a barcode is tied to an inventory control system like Acctivate, the full power of a barcode system can be seen.
What is a barcode?
Barcodes are nothing more than fonts.
The concept of using barcodes is actually fairly simple. A barcode is a type of font that a scanner can “read” and understand as a letter, number or symbol.
For example: The letter “A” can appear on a sheet of paper in a number of different fonts, but the human mind understands that it’s all the same letter.
Likewise, the scanner can understand that certain pattern of lines is the letter “A”.
When this pattern of vertical black lines is scanned, the barcode reader translates it as the letter “A”.
A barcode can contain any information
Most people are familiar with barcodes on products. These barcodes are simply unique codes that represent one single entity.
That entity can be a book, a dinner plate, a package of rubber-bands or anything else that needs to be uniquely defined. In your organization, you can give each unit that you stock whatever code you want.
What barcodes do
When this barcode is scanned, the system understands “12345”. You decide what “12345” refers to in your system.
What barcodes do not do
Only the information “12345” will be returned back to the system when the barcode is scanned. The barcode only contains those 5 digits.
It does not contain full product information, size, shape, weight, color or anything else. The barcode is simply one code that can be easily read by a barcode scanner. It’s just “12345”.
Bar codes for product ID, lot number, serial number & warehouse location
Acctivate supports barcodes encoded using GS1-128 (formerly UCC/EAN-128), which provides a global standard for exchanging data between different companies.
GS1-128 encodes the bar code data and one or two Application Identifiers (AI’s), which indicate what type of data is encoded.
Application Identifiers can also determine the data length and format.
Acctivate supports four Application Identifiers:
(01) Product ID
(10) Lot number*
(21) Serial number*
(99) Warehouse location
*10 or 21 can be used for lot or serial numbers interchangeably