3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Manufacturing Barcoding System

manufacturing barcodingIf you are considering implementing a manufacturing barcoding system next year, review these three critical questions. Some of these needs are “non-negotiable” and essential to get the most out of your manufacturing automation implementation. Failing to ask key questions can lead to poor results.

Three Critical Questions for Manufacturer Barcoding Systems

  1. Have you received feedback from the entire team? The worst thing you can do is begin speaking with vendors and consultants about automation systems without complete feedback from the entire team who intends to use the system. Input from all areas within an organization is essential to help you choose the best manufacturing automation system for your needs. Invite key managers and support staff to discovery meetings and take copious notes to help you form a “wish list” for a project scope.
  2. Is this system configurable? The ease with which systems can be configured is an important part of your decision-making process. But a system that must be configured to the point of being unrecognizable from the original solution defeats the purpose of shopping for a manufacturing barcoding system in the first place. You might as well build an entirely custom system for the amount of time and money extensive configurations will use. Balance the need for configuration with the need for a solution to meet your requirements as much as possible ‘off the shelf’ without any tweaks or changes. When the balance shifts in favor of an off-the-shelf system, with minimal customization needed, you’ve probably found a worthwhile solution.
  3. Is this system made for manufacturers? Many barcoding systems are made just for warehouse purposes. Manufacturing barcoding needs can be very different. If a system is made for warehouses, it won’t include the functionality that you require to run your manufacturing operations. There are many ERP options made with manufacturers in mind. Don’t settle for a generic option. Too much customization on a manufacturing barcoding system may lead to inefficiencies. It is better to begin with the right solution than to fit a square peg into a round hole.

Scanco Manufacturing Barcoding

Scanco offers manufacturing barcoding with WO Scan. This manufacturing barcode solution can track labor, materials, completions, and quality control quickly and effortlessly. This data will allow you to find areas to improve efficiency and streamline your business.

We also offer warehouse management software and support, barcoding software and label printing that can be integrated with your manufacturing automation system. Learn more about our services online or contact us.