How to choose the right barcode reader you need?

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Stock management, sales management, logistics...barcode scanners are nowadays essential for companies to be efficient and effective.

SBE Direct offers a wide range of barcode readers including a variety of models suitable for different areas of activity. SBE Direct offers a wide range of barcode readers comprising of a variety of models suitable for different types of activities. We have products like barcode readers, barcode scanners and autonomous barcode terminals.

1 - Barcode scanner

CCD barcode reader

They are large surface area barcode readers and are used in various sectors, from small business to department stores, and in the medical field. These sectors use fine-trigger readers to scan labels quickly and easily to transfer and analyse information quickly and then process orders and records. For example, the CCD 6000 scanner which is the most widely used, reaches record levels of scans during holidays.

The barcode reader is a reader connected to PC or Mac computers. They read different types of codes ranging from 1D, which are basic linear barcodes, to 2D; a category including more complex codes such as QR codes.

The following is an example of a classic 1D barcode:


Some models offer their users an automatic mode that can only scan when the barcode is under the reading head. The user who doesn't like clutter can put the Bluetooth barcode reader on their stand and pass the codes under the head as with the OPR 2001 auto-trigger reader. All our scanners have a fixed cable.

To find it, here"s a picture of the different scanner features we offer at SBE:

 DouchettePoidsVitesseTempératureTête de lectureDistance de lecture max
OPL-6845Z90gr100 scan/s-5 °C to 50°C1D Laser  45 cm
CCD SC6000200 gr200 scan/s-10 °C to 50°C1D Laser10 cm
OPR-200160gr100 scan/s-5 °C to 50°C1D Laser50 cm
OPR-3001210 gr100 scan/s-10°C to 60°C1D Laser10 à 60 cm

The density of the codes read ranges from 0.127 to 1 mm for the narrowest.

2 - Wireless Barcode Reader

Portable barcode readers will make your work more convenient. This type of laser barcode reader is commonly used in activities such as inventories for shops, warehouse, or postal services. Strengths: They are light and their compact size means they are more simple and practical. They are ideal for outdoor use.

The barcode readers are distinguished from the handhelds by their gun shape. In addition, they can read several types of barcodes, 1D (one dimensional) and 2D (two dimensional). A 2D barcode reader can read 1D.

List of different codes read:

・ 1 D (read by laser technology readers, uses red ray)
JAN/UPC/EAN with Add-on; NW -7/Codabar; Code 11; Code 39; Code 39 Full ASCII; Code 93; Code 128; GS 1-128 (EAN- 128); IATA - 2 out of 5 manufacturers- 2 out of 5 interlaced; Italian Pharmaceutical; MSI/Plessey; UK/Plessey; RSS -14; RSS Limited; RSS Comprehensive; Telepen; Tri-Optic; UCC/EAN -128; GS 1 databar (RSS); ISBN-ISSN; Matrix 2 out of 5, MSI/Plessey; S-Code; UK/Plessey
・ 2D (the imager readers work by photographing the code and reading the 2D, they are also able to read 1D codes): QR code; Datamatrix; Chinese Sensitive Code; Maxicode;
・ Postal code: Chinese Post, Korean Postal Authority Code

Here is an example of a 2D code or QR code:

QR code barcode

Note that barcode readers can read QR codes because they are 2D barcodes, so choose a QR code reader to scan barcodes on any type of support, even screens.

Our range consists of wired and wireless barcode readers. So which one to choose?

  • The wired readers can be connected via a USB, Wedge or RS232C cable to a PC or Mac. They allow to scan your data at medium distance very quickly, especially on a fixed support in an automatic way with their detection system. Ideal for large-scale distribution, events, public institutions.
  • The wireless readers have the advantage of being mobile and therefore be taken everywhere to scan barcodes with a range of 80m. They work either by Wifi or Bluetooth, which allows an instant transmission of data to your connected device. In addition, these readers can be equipped with a memory to store the maximum amount of information and then transmit it to your computer via a cable. These readers have an average autonomy of 48 hours in use, ideal for big inventories.

All our barcode readers have a very good resistance to shocks as well as to water and dust projections, conforming to the European standard IP54

To find it, here is a table of the different characteristics of barcode scanner that we offer at SBE:

 LecteurSocle/ CâblePoidsFormatVitesse de lectureTempératureTechnologie
OPR 3201flexible stand and USB, Wedge or RS232C cable included80g56x149x109mm100 scan/sec-5 to 50°C1D & 2D laser
L51XStand and Wedge or RS232C cable included. USB cable in option.150g75,4x169x121,2mm60 scan/sec0 to 50°C1D & 2D Imager
OPI 3601Stand and Wedge or RS232C cable included. USB cable in option.85g148,6x56x108,1mm60 scan/sec-20 to 50°C1D & 2D Imager
OPC 3301iBluetooth - wrist band127g113x132x56mm100 scan/sec0 to 50°C1D & 2D laser

The codes read can be up to 30 cm wide depending on their density.

The density of the codes read ranges from 0.127 to 1 mm for the narrowest.

3 - Standalone mobile barcode reader terminals

                                                                   standalone mobile barcode

Reader terminals are a real asset in business, they don"t just scan, but also analyze data and send it directly to a network. These are not only barcode readers, but also mini-computers and QR code readers which you can directly work remotely. With integrated software at your standalone terminal, you can perform advanced data collection and wireless transmission in real-time for on-site applications, including price control and audit, inventory, customer support and merchandise.

This range of laser terminals can easily be connected to the network by Wlan, Wifi, Bluetooth and cellular technology, but also thanks to the cable and the base provided the data can be loaded and sent. Their physical characteristics are complemented by their high performance, surprising for a barcode reader of this size.

The portable terminals are suitable for different occupations: in the transport sector, stock management, inventories (whether they are daily or much less frequently and important). Shop managers will also find them very useful.

Here is the range of inventory terminals with a weight ranging from 100 to 350 grams for remote use and other uses:

 TerminalSocle/CâbleAutonomiePoidsFormatVitesseTête de lectureDistance de lecture
OPN 2001 terminalUSB cable included Optional stand12 hours29gr32 x 62x 16 mm100 scan/sLaser 1D Imager 2D20 cm
PX-20USB cable and wrist strap included35 hours40 gr34x71x15mm100 scan/s1D Laser20 cm
OPL 9815Base and cable included50 hours115 gr44x140x22mm100 scan/s1D-2D- Imager3 to 30 cm  
OPH 3001USB cable included, cradle optional40 hours156 gr58,2x180,8x23,8mm100 scan/s1D-2D- Imager20 cm
Dolphin 6110  USB cable included, cradle optional4 à 8 hours213 gr126 X 23 X 76mm104 scan/ s1D- 2D Imager5 to 33 cm
OPH 1005Base and cable included40 hours140 gr55x136x23mm100 scan/s1D Laser12 cm
H28USB cable included, stand optional8 hours244 gr77x147x19mm100 scan/s1D -2D Imager30 cm
H25USB cable included, stand optional8 hours235 gr62x144x26,2mm100scan/s1D-2D Imager26 cm
H29USB cable included, stand optional8 hours267 gr71,8x175x19,5mm100scan/s1D -2D Imager26 cm
H32USB cable included, stand optional8 hours195 gr64x143x28mm100 scan/s1D Laser10 cm
Barcode scan USB key(Bluetooth ou wire) - USB cable and wrist strap8 hours150g42x18x13mm240 scan/sec1D CCD6 cm

Do you want full information about barcodes for your professional activity? We cannot recommend enough that you consult the excellent Wikipedia article on barcodes.

For information on any of our products, the SBE Direct team is on hand to help.

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