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Getting Started With Barcode Labelling

You know what they say: the best way to finish a challenge is to start it. This truly applies to setting up a barcode labelling system for your business. It may seem daunting at first but once you’ve finally completed it, you’ll see a huge benefit in the increased efficiency of inventory processes.

Time is money, as we often hear. It’s all about reducing the time it takes to complete a task, so that you can achieve more (namely, selling more products) within the same timeframe.

If you’re considering getting started with barcode labelling, here’s how to do it – thanks to the professionals at Barcode Labels.

Scanning distance

The maximum scanning distance of your barcode is determined by the size of the X-dimension. The X-dimension is the size of the thinnest bar on the barcode. The wider your X-dimension, the further away you can scan your barcode from. X-dimensions are measured in mil, which is 1/1000 of an inch.

For example, if you only need to scan your barcode labels from 1-2 feet away, you may only need a 10-mil X-dimension. A 100-mil X-dimension, on the other hand, allows to scan from up to 40 feet away! That’s if you use the right material, of course.


Bringing us to our next point is the label material you choose. The material you choose to print on also makes a difference in scanning distance. Retro-reflective material has a farther scanning distance per inch than ordinary white paper or plastic. White labels are only suitable for distances of up to 12 feet, whereas retro-reflective labels can be scanned from 40 feet away, provided the X-dimension is of adequate size.

Scanners and software

Without the right scanners and software, you’d get stuck pretty fast. Choosing high quality software and scanners that you can depend on is key to establishing a successful barcoding system.

Seagull Scientific USA are the industry leaders in this technology, and Barcode Labels has been using their products for over 30 years. Their software is easy to use and reliable, while their scanners are built to last.

Think about what you need out of your scanners. Are you constantly on the move, or do your inventory items come to you? This will influence your decision between portable and fixed scanners. Do you need them to be weatherproof, or are you solely scanning products indoors? Answering these questions help Barcode Labels help you.

Barcode Labels are Australia’s specialists in implementing barcode systems for all types of businesses. From warehousing to laboratories, there isn’t a business that can’t be improved by quicker inventory processes, thanks to the team at Barcode Labels. They offer a full-scale barcode setup service, from supplying your printer to creating specific inventory locations within your business. Contact Barcode Labels for a quote today.

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