Barcode Reading & Scanning

A barcode is a machine-readable code in the form of numbers and a pattern of parallel lines of varying widths, printed on a product, they contain data used for informational and marketing purposes as well as for tracking products throughout their lifecycle.

The basic process in reading codes is to 1) illuminate the code, 2) locate the code, and 3) extract the data. Organizations must be able to read codes quickly and accurately for maximum efficiency and throughput.


Barcodes are used as a means of quick identification. Nearly every industry uses barcodes to automate and simplify traceability by tracking everything from where something was produced and when it was shipped, to which retailer sold the product, at what time, and for how much. Overall, barcodes provide better accuracy, traceability, and sorting abilities than relying on manually-entered data.

Industrial, image-based barcode readers decode 1D and 2D codes, from printed labels to the hardest to read direct part mark (DPM) codes in manufacturing and logistics applications. Industry-leading read rates, advanced technology, modular options, and easy setup help reduce costs, optimize performance, increase throughput, and control traceability.

We love to read difficult-to-analyse, damaged barcodes; whether they are 1D linear, two-dimensional, high speed or even DPM, we read them all!

For applications as diverse as distribution, airports, courier and parcel, automotive, tyre, aerospace, packaging and food and beverage, nothing is tough enough for our wide range of Dataman Fixed Code Readers and handheld scanners.

Our Introduction to Industrial Barcode Reading will walk you through everything you need to know!

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