How to use a code scanner

- Aug 07, 2020-

How to use a code scanner

When selling products as a retailer, the most convenient and efficient way is to buy a code scanner, with them you can automatically transfer information about the product to your computer system to better track your income, your inventory and even take notes on the pattern. of consumption of your customers. Here is a short guide so you know everything you need to know about using code scanners.


Initial configuration and database

The initial programming process of your code scanner should not be too complex, although this will mainly depend on the scanner model. The general configuration process usually consists of scanning by hand, and in a certain order, a series of barcodes printed in the manual, with this you will get your scanner to work correctly to use it later with the articles of your interest.

The scanner acts as a keyboard-like input device which types the barcode information into the program of your choice, this information is usually transferred to a software system that contains a database with the manufacturer's information, the cost, inventory and the quantity of products sold.


Code reading

To get started, you will need to find the barcode on the item you want to scan; Although they can be placed almost anywhere, the most common location is the lower left corner of the item.

If you are using a mobile scanner, point the pointer at the barcode positioned at a certain distance that allows the red light from the scan to spread across the width of the code, completely covering it. On the other hand, if you are using a stationary scanner, press the face of the product with the code bar down on the scanning light so that the item can read. As a general rule, your scanner should emit an alert sound that indicates that the reading has been done correctly, however, check on the screen or monitor to make sure that the scan was done correctly and that the information provided is that of the expected item.


Care and maintenance

The best scanners on the market are products built based on a high resistance system that allows them to withstand constant use and, in many cases, shocks and falls. Consequently, the care and maintenance they represent for the user are minimal. In any case, there are general recommendations that all those who handle this type of product should take into account.


When it comes to the use of battery-powered scanners, try to keep your device's battery fully charged to avoid losing power during intensive use. When it comes to storing or storing your scanner, like many other electronic devices, we recommend keeping it in a cool, dry and moisture-free place; 

where it does not receive direct sunlight and where it is not exposed to high temperatures or humidity.