One of the common misconceptions in barcode tracking is that the tracking barcodes need to contain all the information that you need to know about the contents of a container, such as the part number, the quantity, the manufacturer, the lot number and the expiration date.
While there are content standards, such as that specified by the GS1 organization, this results in very long 1D barcodes that cannot be easily decoded using low-cost barcode scanners or 2D barcodes that require the use of more expensive barcode scanners.
A way to provide access to the detailed information your business requires is to use a technique known as “license-plate tracking.”
This technique is used by FedEx and UPS but is also applicable to many industrial organizations that need to track containers of material. License-plate tracking places all the data about the contents of a container of material or a serialized item in a database record and then uses the tracking barcode attached to the item or container as a reference to the database record containing all the information about that container.
If you are looking for an easy, effective way to keep track of a lot of information about a product, container, or just about anything, license plate tracking may be just what you need.
Download a white paper titled, License-Plate Tracking Barcodes.
This white paper provides a better understanding of:
- how to use license-plate tracking
- the advantages and disadvantages of pre-printed rolls of license-plate barcodes
- how to format the barcode
- type of label and ribbons to use
WincoID can help you solve many types of tracking requirements using the right barcode, label and printing system specifically for your application.
If you would like to find out more about using barcodes and labels in your business, give David Holliday a call at 603-598-1553 X237 or contact us here.