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Everything about barcodes

Barcode origins

According to the legend, Norman Joseph Woodland invented the barcode by drawing morse code in the sand of a Miami Beach... He sold in 1952 for 15000 dollars the patent which, 20 years later revolutionized the large retailers.

Although new technologies arrived such as RFID or NFC, barcode is much cheaper and more reliable.
Thanks to electronic progress, 2D cameras and decoding software, the futur of barcoding is totally open!

SIM is compatible with most of the existing marking technologies.

barcode patent

Why barcoding ?

Most of the time, you can use your suppliers barcodes, or print your own labels when needed.
Counting or checking palets for incoming goods, stock issues or inventory becomes very easy!
Fast and reliable.
With SIM, you can also print palets labels to sum-up the content of a complete package.
usually, a Smart identification code is sufficent pour build a powerfull tracking system, connected to a central data base.
You can also, if you need to store information for not connected reader, use 2D barcode to store datz into the code.

EAN13 or Gencod

barcode label ean13

The standard in Europe: 3 digits for the country, a manufacturer number and a product numbern, unique in the universe.

Code 128

barcode label code128

Used without any specific rules in the industry, it allows to adopt conventions on labels of your choice.

Code 39

barcode label code39

Recognizable by its regularity, with a limited set of characters, the old code 39 is readable under the most difficult conditions.


barcode label datamatrix

It can encode more than 3000 characters and can therefore embark entire history of your product! Like all 2D codes, it requires 2D camera reader, more expensive than a conventional drive.

QR Code

barcode label QRcode

Very popular with smart-phones because it enables to write a complete URL: a Smart scan connects you to a web page. QR Code has been invented by Toyota to access product data sheet without any effort or mistake.

Barcode readers

If your products can be moved close to the PC, use a wired or wireless USB scanner.
Readability, comfort and durability depend on the quality of the scanner.
Some readers can be used with cable or with a radio link.
What we can Smart are readers that requires SIM software running to start scanning and type quantities or comments.
Click here to discover a good reader for SIM.

Mobile readers

When the storage is away from the PC, or when products are heavy, you cannot bring products to PC: you have to work remotely.
OPH3001 is the most efficient batch reader: very Smart, robust, and totally programmable.
It has a color display and a convenient keyboard to enter product quantities, product destination or user ID.
These devices are more user friendly than tablets or PDAs, and certainly less costly.
A Smart smartphone with ou free application SOLTISCAN for Android and IOS is also a good choice!

smartphone barcode

Batch readers

Universal, reliable and affordable mobile terminal.
Ideal solution for asset management, inventory control and mobile sales automation.

The job is done in three steps:
  • 1- Scan product labels and enter the quantities manually, wherever you are.
  • 2- Using any network (4G, Wifi, etc.) or cable send the data to the PC.
  • 3- From the PC, check and correct data after update, print documents.

This mode of operation called "batch" is very secure and prevents manipulation errors.

batch barcode

Pocket scanner

5000 labels in the volume of a lighter ...

This batch reader combines many advantages for less than 3x6cm!
Without keyboard and without screen, it is however restricted to relatively Smart applications: entering the user card, the customer account or quantity must be from coded values barcode on boards. Simply attached with the keys of your storage rooms, it makes things Smart and natural for everybody ...

Opticon OPN2001 barcode scanner

Warehouse Management

Try a Smart Handheld Terminal

When you manage your clients' packets, when you need to operate with complex storage constraints, when the management of shelves and the optimization of moves becomes critical, you need a intelligent wireless PDA.

With a Windows CE operating system, a WIFI or BlueTooth real time connexion, PDA readers (Personal Digital Assistant) can do almost anything! All kind of application can be developped according to your requirements. Just ask for a free quotation.

PDA WinCE Datalogic Memor barcode reader PDA Windows Mobile Opticon H32 barcode reader PDA Zebra Barcode Reader

Print labels

Everything is possible!

SIM is completely independent of hardware, you can print labels with any desktop printer and adhesive A5 sheets. This is laborious and poor quality but it works, especially when you work with barcodes in a product list book.

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