Ensuring reliable traceability of products and assembly is critical in industries such as automotive, pharmaceuticals, and electronics. Code readers are essential in achieving this, with stationary and mobile handheld readers being the two most popular options. In what situations is it more appropriate to use one type over the other?
Stationary optical ID sensors
Stationary optical ID sensors offer simple and reliable code reading, making them an excellent option for ensuring traceability. They can read various codes, including barcodes, 2D codes, and DMC codes, and are permanently installed in the plant. Additionally, with their standardized automation and IT interfaces, the information readout can be passed on to the PLC or IT systems. Some variants also come with an IO-Link interface for extremely simple integration. The modern solution offers additional condition monitoring information, such as vibration, temperature, code quality, and operating time, making them a unique multi-talent within optical identification.
Portable code readers
Portable code readers provide maximum freedom of movement and can quickly and reliably read common 1D, 2D, and stacked barcodes on documents and directly on items. Various applications use them for controlling supply processes, production control, component tracking, quality control, and inventory. The wireless variants of handheld code readers with Bluetooth technology allow users to move around freely within a range of up to 100 meters around the base station. They also have a reliable read confirmation system via acoustic signal, LEDs, and a light spot projected onto the read code. Furthermore, the ergonomic design and highly visible laser marking frames ensure fatigue-free work.
Both stationary and mobile handheld barcode readers play an essential role in ensuring reliable traceability of products and assembly in various industries. Choosing the right type of barcode reader for your application is crucial to ensure optimal performance and efficiency. While stationary code readers are ideal for constant scanning in production lines, mobile handheld readers offer flexibility and reliability for various applications. Regardless of your choice, both devices offer simple operation and standardized automation and IT interfaces, making them essential tools for businesses that rely on efficient code reading.