Benefits of Wearable Barcode Scanners
By utilizing wearable barcode scanners, warehouses, distribution centers, and other similar facilities may experience the following benefits:
- Wearable technologies allow workers to scan items without interrupting their workflow. They can scan and perform other tasks (e.g., sorting, assembly, etc.) simultaneously, which can lead to higher productivity.
- Increased speed and accuracy: Compared to the manual data entry and handheld scanning methods, wearable scanners enable workers to improve the speed of scanning operations without sacrificing accuracy.
- Enhanced working conditions: Wearable barcode scanners have an ergonomic design that makes them feel natural to use for scanning operations.
- Reduced costs: Compared to traditional scanners and other mobile alternatives, wearable units are less likely to be damaged or dropped, which can result in lower equipment replacement costs over time. Additionally, newer models are available that can serve as standalone devices, which helps reduce the amount of support hardware that needs to be purchased.
In addition to the above benefits, different types of wearable barcode scanners may offer specific advantages. For example, backhand barcode scanners secure to the back of a worker’s hand via a hand cuff, glove, or hand strap, which allows workers a full range of hand and finger motion. In contrast, wrist barcode scanners and finger barcode scanners (also known as ring barcode scanners) can impede or limit movement and dexterity.
Benefits of Handheld Barcode Scanners
Handheld barcode scanners generally offer different functionality than wearable units. Key features may include:
- Gun-grip for increased ergonomics
- Keypad for manual data input
- Multi-functional capabilities for support with more complex tasks than just scanning
- Integrated computer and data entry system for enhanced data management
- Compatibility with inventory management software for better logistical support