Barcode Match℗ Outperforms in Picking and Packaging Operations
Barcode Match℗ is a powerful but inexpensive tool for order picking and packaging operations. With a smartphone or tablet, the user programs the device using the barcodes on items to be picked. Then picked item barcodes are scanned to confirm they belong in the kit or package. Simple enough—but there is so much more to Barcode Match℗.
Of the 4 modes of operation, Mode 1 and 2 are the simplest. Mode 1 (One-to-One) programs the device with 1 barcode, then match-tests 1 barcode and resets for the next operation. Mode 2 (1-to-Many) programs 1 barcode and match-tests an infinite number of barcodes until the user resets the system.
Mode 3 (Many-to-Some) is more sophisticated. The user programs the device with a set of barcodes—up to 10 to be exact. Match-testing then checks to confirm that the items belong to that set. It is not necessary to include every item in the set but it ensures that no orphan items are accepted.
Mode 4 (Box Mode) is really amazing. First the user programs the device with a container code—often this is a big ITF-14 barcode. Then the user defines the contents of the box, by scanning each item that belongs to that box—and specifying the number of each item. Once the set has been defined, the user hits the “Save Set” button and the picking or packing operation can proceed.
Box Mode remembers up to 50 different Cartons, each with unlimited items
Box sets, as defined by the container code, are saved in memory, so redundant kits or shipments of that box set do not need to be re-created. Just scan the container code to use them again. Currently Barcode Match℗ allows up to 50 boxes to be created and saved. Each box can contain an unlimited number of items (depending on device memory).
Scanning actual item barcodes is not necessary to program Barcode-Match℗. Picking and packaging operations use menu sheets to log inventory. Barcode-Match℗ is easily programmed from these barcodes. It is important, however, to scan actual item barcodes during the picking operation to ensure packaging accuracy.
Barcode Match℗ recognizes 1D and 2D Barcodes
Barcode Match℗ has a huge library of 1D and 2D barcodes, and will test a match between different symbol types: for example a Code 128 and a Data Matrix code. It is user-configurable so the user can enable or disable specific symbol types, to ensure that any alien barcodes are not recognized and accepted.
Other user settings include using the device’s flash to speed optimize scanning in difficult ambient light situations.
Box Mode also includes the ability to off-load, save and print a report for each test session.
Save and Print Reports from Box Mode
Barcode Match℗ is also a problem solver beyond its amazing power and low cost. It outperforms bulky, expensive scanners and PDT’s. Barcode-Match can be installed on the user’s own smartphone or tablet, eliminating the problem of getting lost or stolen.
John helps companies resolve current barcode problems and avoid future barcode problems to stabilize and secure their supply chain and strengthen their trading partner relationships.