Even with the best systems in place, barcodes can sometimes fail. To make the most of your Sage 500 barcoding solutions, Sage 500 barcoding software, and Sage/Scanco barcode MP2x printer, it’s important to understand these best practices for barcode placement. When your barcodes are printed and placed properly, they should scan easily into the system, making it simple to update your information and manage your warehouse efficiently.
Reasons Why Barcodes Fail to Work
There are many reasons why barcodes sometimes fail, and most have to do with simple human error rather than any other type of error. Placement and printing are two of the most important factors when it comes to reliable barcodes.
- Placing barcodes on clear packaging: Clear packaging materials, such as bags or plastic windows on a box, can cause barcodes to fail. Scanners pick up the materials underneath the label, which jumbles the barcode. Instead of placing barcodes on the packaging materials, affix a hang tag to clear polybags and place labels well away from clear plastic film windows on boxes.
- Wrong colors: The wrong color printer ink, or ink that isn’t the right kind for your printer, can end up printing unreadable bar codes. Certain color combinations don’t scan well, like red ink on a white background or black barcodes on a green background. Review the specs for your Sage 500 barcoding system or other system and make sure you’re printing labels that work with your product.
- Placing too close to the fold: Placing bar code labels too close to the fold, or too close to the edge of the packaging can fool the scanner into misreading certain areas as the ‘quiet zones’ inside a bar code. The solution is simply to move the labels so that they don’t encounter areas that can throw off the code reader.
- Lamination or shrink wrapping: Both lamination and shrink wrapping can also distort the bar codes or cause problems with the barcode readers. Be sure to place labels on top of, rather than under, lamination and shrink wrap.
- Damage: Barcodes that get stained, scraped or damaged in some way are also too distorted for the scanner to read. This often happens when items are dumped into large bins instead of shelving them. If the items have sharp corners or rough surfaces, these can act like an emery board on a barcode, making it illegible.
Reliable Barcode Systems Start with Scanco and Sage
Many of the errors listed above are simple human errors that are easily prevented. What’s harder to prevent is a poor-quality barcode scanner from giving you less than adequate labels. When you choose the best quality scanner and label printer you can find, your barcodes scan reliably.
Scanco Sage 500 barcoding system draws information directly from the underlying Sage infrastructure to print labels with all the information that you need. When used with the MPX2 printer, it produces reliable labels that scan well under many circumstances. The printer also comes with numerous label templates so that you can print labels of various sizes for many different products.
Labels and barcoding have quietly revolutionized warehouse management. If it’s time to upgrade your equipment to a more reliable printer and barcoding system, count on Scanco and our Sage 500 barcoding software to make your life easier.
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