Waterwheel has worked with portable and stationary barcode readers for decades but is still experimenting with barcoding on smart phones and tablets. Our focus has been on apps that scan with cameras, but there are other options. Please contact us before buying anything so we can discuss which approach will work best in your organization.
Labels can be printed from the Tracker on sheets of label stock using standard printers. You can also export Tracker data to a label printer and/or use pre-printed labels.
PORTABLE BARCODE READERS temporarily store data, so you can use them when you're not close to a computer: in a warehouse, at a job, while loading or unloading a truck, etc. We recommend and sell the Worth Data TriCoder.
STATIONARY BARCODE READERS are attached to a computer (with a cable, by radio or bluetooth, etc.), substitute for typing (they don't store data) and work well in tool rooms, where everything moves thru a door or across a counter and checkout speed is critical, and generally don't need to be programmed. We recommend and sell the Worth Data LZ365-USB.
SMART PHONES AND TABLETS can work with barcode readers or, equipped with the right software, use their cameras to scan barcodes.
Most barcode apps that use cameras for scanning were designed for consumer use (to look up prices, etc.), but a few are appropropriate for industrial use. We recommend Scan to Web from Berry Wing.
Barcode readers attached to a smart phone or tablet (generally with bluetooth). We've tested the Inateck BCST-10 (which is available from several online retailers).
Barcode sleds into which a smart phone or tablet is inserted.
Phones with built-in barcode readers.
Worth Data TriCoders are dedicated, portable barcode readers that work with the Tracker right out of the box, with no extra software or setup required. Please DO NOT follow the manufacturer’s setup instructions.
EXAMINE AND EDIT DATA ON THE TRICODER
SEARCH FOR DATA ON A TRICODER
DELETE A DATA FILE FROM A TRICODER
UPLOAD BARCODE DATA
If you're using a TriCoder ...
PROCESS UPLOADED DATA
Uploaded data, which can be reviewed, edited, deleted, saved and re-opened before being imported, is broken into 'orders,' one order per assignment.
Orders with errors cannot be imported until the errors have been fixed or deleted.
To save the uploaded data without importing it, click the Tools icon in the grid menu then Save barcode file. To open a saved barcode file, click the Open saved barcode file button.
To print a report that lists the uploaded orders and the items in each order, clickthe Reports icon in the grid menu.
To import all the uploaded orders that don't contain errors, click the Import button. To import one order at a time or edit an order, click to the left of the order you want to work with.
Print shipping tags from the Orders - assignments screen after importing.
CODES USED IN THE UPLOAD BARCODE DATA WINDOW
Stationary barcode readers are attached to a computer (with a cable, by radio or bluetooth, etc.) and substitute for typing. They work well in tool rooms, where everything moves thru a door or across a counter and checkout speed is critical.
When assigning items to jobs, storage sites, etc. with a stationary barode reader, use Fast add to cart. When taking physical inventories, use Count or verify. Both screens were designed to be used with scanners.
While the Tracker will work with stationary hardware from many different manufacturers, we recommend Worth Data hardware, which we know to be reliable and which requires no setup. If you buy hardware from another source, you may need to set it up yourself or pay us to set it up for you. Make sure it reads code 128 barcodes and automatically adds an ENTER after every scan. If you want to read UPC (Universal Product Code) barcodes, which are printed on most commercial packaging, your reader should automatically delete the first and last digits of UPC barcodes (NOT code 128 barcodes) and switch automatically between UPC and code 128 labels.
HOW TO SET UP SCAN TO WEB
HOW TO SCAN IN THE TRACKER WITH SCAN TO WEB
HOW TO PRINT BARCODE LABELS FROM THE TRACKER
This prints sheets of item, job, employee, and storage site barcodes on label stock or plain paper. Many companies print some barcodes (for example, their jobs) on plain paper and put them in a binder or on a clipboard. If you store consumable or quantity items in bins or on shelves, you can print labels and affix them to those bins or shelves.
Test a few labels before printing large quantities. Barcodes printed by some low-resolution printers don't work (or don't work well). If you trim your labels, leave at least 1/4" on each side of the barcode. The scanner needs this space to read accurately and consistently.
HOW TO USE PRE-PRINTED LABELS
Tracker 8 uses cross references to associate pre-printed labels with items. To add a cross reference for a pre-printed label:
If clicking the Add icon doesn't add a row in the lower grid, your organization manager needs to turn cross references on.