Barcodes allow real-time data to be collected accurately and rapidly, thereby enhancing productivity, better customer service and operational efficiency.
Advantages can be listed in terms of following parameters:
Due to automated data entry, manual errors are removed. Accuracy of Barcode scanners is higher compared to OCRs.
The time taken to manual data entry is significantly higher.
3. Simplicity in ease
Bar-coding systems are quite easy to use and even to learn.
4. Cost Effectiveness
Since data entries can be done with better accuracy, requirement of operator and other peripherals is reduced
Track batches, jobs and individual products.
Automatic alerts at low stock levels.
Immediate note of production shortfalls.
Compliance Labeling (chemicals, safety, required tracking tasks).
Work-In-Progress (WIP) data can be collected at any point in the process, uploaded to the computer, allows real-time tracking.
Time and Attendance of employees.
Log incoming/outgoing shipments more quickly and accurately.
Provide accurate shipping manifests, packing slips and other management tools.
Inventory Control – automatically update inventory database, Price and Stock Checking.
Track location of specific items in warehouse.
Track retrieval and issue.
Asset Management – account for tools, books, documents; decreased training time; reduces loss from stolen or misplaced items.
File Management – track materials from a central library or repository.
Tracking physical assets (desks, computers, office furnishings, etc.).
Barcode used to track inter-office/inter-company deliveries (i.e. UPS, FedEx), especially important documents.
Expedites checkout of product at the POS terminals. Airline baggage tags/ boarding passes, etc. are processed very quickly hassle-free.
Cards with bar code labels are used in Access Control Systems to track movement of people.
Drugs, devices, instruments.
Identification of expiry date.
Blood banking – Blood group, Expiry date, Donor traceability.
Eases tracking of documents & books.
Aids generation of suitable reminders to borrowers.
Eases Stock verification.
The applications listed are just a glimpse of wide variety of applications in various industries.
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