Datalinx Blog

Welcome to the Datalinx blog. Here we cover a range of posts and conversations based around our experiences of warehousing, barcoding and Sage software.

Linear vs matrix

When you start at the beginning initially people come across two key types of barcode, linear and matrix. In my opinion, in general, you are more likely to work with linear barcodes unless you are in a specialised industry that needs vast amount of info encoded with the product.
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How do I generate a code for a barcode?

How do I generate a code for a barcode?Well, the answer to this one depends on what you intend to use the barcode for !
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How a barcode is scanned

A barcode can be read by a handheld device or by a fixed position scanner or at a remote distance, for example on a moving conveyor belt. Working with Datalinx Computer Systems and their warehouse management solutions they use a variety of scanners but the principle is the same, push the scanning button on the device and a red light shines in a straight line and when it encounters the barcode that you are ‘carefully’ aiming it at it reads the ‘printed’ code (or gaps between the dark lines). It then checks with your warehouse management system and translates the code into human readable data which if your system is set up correctly should be a recognisable reference and match the item you’ve just scanned. Usually this happens in a lot shorter time than it just took you to read this!    
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Different types of scanner

There are lots of different types of scanners from the basic ccd plugged into your computer to the very rugged, ‘drop me off a 4 storey car park and I will still work’ barcode scanning computer.
 
Mostly it depends on your price and what you want to use the scanner for. 
If, for example, you are a library with limited budget and you only need to scan a library card and book when they are presented at your main then a CCD scanner might be just what you are looking for. They connect to your computer via a usb cable and you can mount them on a stand or hold them in your hand to scan when required. As a basic scanner they do the job, don’t cost much and when they break (as occasionally happens) they are easy to repair or replace.
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Dark Stores

I love the latest developments in warehousing and due to the increase in online shopping; companies have developed huge distribution centres dedicated purely to picking online shopping orders. The leaders of this trend are supermarkets with online food shopping sales predicted to reach £14.6bn by 2018.
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