Barcode reading for effective data entry operations

Published:  08 July, 2011

Barcode reading for effective data entry operations

The Loadmaster 9000i, the on-board weighing scale for loaders from RDS, now offers the advanced data capture option of a bar code-capable scanner module.
The Scanner Module is a software update to the Loadmaster instrument allowing it to be coupled with a bar code reader keeping data entry simple.  It allows the operator to input up to four different reference codes per load by ‘pointing and shooting’ instead of searching through menus.  This enables the fast and efficient recognition of operational categories and direct entry into the system of an unlimited number of category references, for example customer, product, route or vehicle.  
The software instructs the operator the correct order in which to scan the bar codes and highlights codes that are out of sequence.  It also includes a feature to eliminate ‘rogue’ bar codes that are not part of the application’s system.
The collected data can be sent to either a printer or be stored to the internal SD card port providing a straightforward transfer of data to a PC. This allows management records to be kept of customer and product load summary details.  
The Scanner Module has already proven especially successful with local council contractors for waste collection and recycling, where scanning a bar code allows the logging and tracing of waste by type from origin through the handling process to output, giving information on source area, weight of collection and type of refuse for data management processes.  It has also facilitated the mixing of products for furnaces in smelting plants, where different grades of product are used and quantities mixed to a set recipe.
Such uses make the Loadmaster 9000i Scanner Module ideal for material handling applications where the precise entry of different types of data is required and distinction between products is paramount.


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