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Do You Need Barcodes?

Barcodes are machine-readable representations of alphanumeric data. Whereas a human being would read and possibly mistype a string of numbers and letters, a barcode scanner zaps the barcode graphic and the related data can be quickly retrieved or entered. This saves time and reduces human error. But do you really need to use barcodes?

Datalogic PowerScan M8300 Barcode Scanner

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In simple situations barcodes add unnecessary complexity. But beyond a certain threshhold the usage of barcodes in managing assets is imperative. If your assets move around a lot and the standard operating mode of your business is a state of flux, a barcode-enabled management system can help maintain proper order.

A Few Good Reasons to Use Barcodes

Which kind of barcode is right for you?

Undoubtedly you've seen these nifty black and white graphics on just about every product you’ve ever purchased. Food, clothing, electronics and pink plastic lawn flamingos are all shot straight from the manufacturer in Guangzhou through Wal-Mart and into your possession via the lightning-fast legibility of barcodes. Most retail products use UPC or EAN barcodes, but other symbologies like Code 39 and code 128 are more common in asset management and property identification.

Code 39 — Simple and Universal

Code 39 Barcode

Also known as Code 3 of 9, this barcode format is widespread due to its simplicity and versatility. Alliance has been developing barcoded property identification labels since 1984 and the vast majority of our customers use this format. It is conveniently available as a downloadable font. The same barcode used on your asset tags could be printed on a document which references the asset, like a project tracking sheet or invoice. All these uses help unify your asset management system.

Code 128 — Higher Data Density

Code 128 Barcode

A bit more sophisticated, this barcode format uses a check character to verify data accuracy. Special calculations need to be made, usually by a software application. However, the resulting barcode compresses more data into a tighter spot compared to Code 39.

Data Matrix and Beyond

Data Matrix Barcode

Alliance Tag offers a variety of innovative solutions to satisfy the unique needs of our customers. Often we create custom asset tags and property identification labels for industrial, military and commercial applications. The Data Matrix code is increasingly popular. It’s high-tech! It’s highly scalable! It’s high-density! It just might be your destiny. This snazzy barcode is commonly found on tiny electronic components and is widely used in the shipping industry to track parcels. You want it? We’ll print it on your asset tags!

Feel free to contact us for more information, or design your own asset tag in under a minute!