Barcode Software and Scanners

Foresee a barcode-filled future for your organization?  When you need labels quickly, in unpredictable quantities, it is often better to consider investing in a printing and scanning system designed to fit your needs.  Beside labels and perhaps a printing ribbon, all you will need are three basic components:  a label printer, label printing software and a barcode scanner. If you own a label printer, label printing can be easy and quick. If you don’t have a printer yet, click to learn more about choosing the right barcode label printers. 

Printing with BARTENDER® Software

BarTender Label Printing SoftwareLet’s face it – you are a beginner and you need something simple to install and use.  Look no further – EIM is an authorized reseller of BarTender® from Seagull Scientific, Inc®, our EXCLUSIVE label design and printing software! We use BarTende® in our own facility and know it inside and out. What makes us different from other software resellers is that we are here to provide technical support, no matter when you buy it and at no extra cost!  We won’t pass you on to the developers because we REALLY know how it ticks!

BarTender® is a premier Windows® program and the world’s leading design-and-print software for labels, barcodes, ID cards and RFID tags. Serving as either a stand-alone system or integrated with an extensive list of data import software, BarTender® makes powerful tools easy to use. Features such as drag-and-drop barcoding, serialized numbering, standard compliance checks, and advanced drawing functions give you the capability needed for your unique labeling. But don’t take our word for it, check out our BarTender® informational pages, Seagull’s own product brochure and download a demo. Four standard editions are available to choose from based on your printer and integration needs, but dozens more exist beyond the popular renditions we show on our website. Don’t hesitate to speak to a Label Expert today to ensure you find the right version for you.

ScannerScanning the Barcode Environment

What’s a barcode if you can’t read it? Barcode scanners are designed to eliminate human entry and input errors by instantly reading and transferring information to your computer. By connecting via a USB cable to your PC, scanners quickly transmit barcodes to your open application.

Finding the right scanner to fit your needs may seem confusing because they come in such a wide array of options. General Purpose, Rugged, Laser, Digital… this list goes on and on. Scanners are usually categorized by the type of industry they are going to be used in.  Examples would be – an industrial, rugged scanner would be appropriate for a warehouse environment with long distance scanning capabilities, but it would be useless for scanning website links stored in 2D barcode advertisements.

However, there are some basic features that help quickly narrow down your scanner options:

  • Hand-Held or Fixed Mount – This will tell us if you need a stand.
  • Wireless or Cabled – Do you need to move around or can you accept being tethered to your computer?
  • Types of Barcodes – What types of barcodes do you want to scan? For instance, some scanners only read 1D barcodes.
  • Scan Distance – How far away from your barcodes will you be – in inches or feet?
  • Connectivity – We typically set them with USB configuration.  Do you need something else?
  • Environmental & Storage Conditions – Where are you going to use your scanner?
  • Data Download – Do you need real time information or can you work with batch downloads?

Click here to browse our selection of scanners.

Feeling educated? Speak to a Label Expert today!

While our guide may be useful, nothing can replace speaking 1-on-1 with one of our label experts. We can offer assistance to answer your custom labeling needs. Before consulting with us, check out this page and our complementary Getting Started guide to help steer you in the right direction. The more info you know about your application, the quicker we can match you to the right product. We are excited to assist you and help come to a solution for your unique labeling needs.

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