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Barcode Scanners

Whatever industry you are in, Triton has the right barcode scanning and imaging scanning technology for your organisation. We have a huge range of label scanners, from fixed to mobile scanners, rugged barcode scanners for harsh environments, and mobile terminals for mobile intelligence. 

Within these categories are selections for 1D and 2D barcode scanners and for all different environments to best suit your needs. Complementing this range are additional products for fixed imaging and sensors to cater for manufacturing traceability and validation.

All About Barcode Scanners

Barcode scanners are devices that can read and decode the data stored in a barcode. These innovative electronic devices simplify the process of data capturing and identification, allowing businesses to operate more efficiently.

Barcode scanners have a wide range of applications, such as.

  • Retail: To capture product information during checkouts and improve the accuracy of inventory tracking
  • Manufacturing: To integrate with warehouse management systems for efficient order fulfilment and material tracking
  • Warehousing: For identifying products and tracking inventory and assets
  • Transportation and Logistics: For shipment tracking
  • Healthcare: To track medical supplies and access patient information
  • Libraries: To track books and other library materials
  • Travel: To verify and track passengers and baggage

How Does a Barcode Scanner Work?

Barcode scanners work on the basic principles of light reflection and absorption.

A barcode scanner has a built-in light source, typically a laser, which is shone on the barcode. The barcode absorbs some light and reflects the rest back to the scanner. This reflected light is then picked up by a photoelectric sensor, which detects the different patterns of light and dark bars in the barcode.

Once the reflected light is captured, it is sent to a decoder that reads the data encoded in the barcode and converts it into a readable format. The decoder then sends this information to the computer or other device connected to the scanner for further processing.

Refer to our guide on how barcode scanner work to get a better understanding of the working of barcode scanners.

Types of Barcode Scanners Offered By Triton

There are several types of barcode scanners, each suited to different applications and environments. Here are the types of barcode scanners you can find at the Triton Store.

  • Mobile Terminal
  • General Barcode Scanner
  • Rugged Barcode Scanner
  • 2D Barcode Scanner
  • USB Barcode Scanner
  • Wireless Barcode Scanner
  • Bluetooth Barcode Scanner
  • Fixed Scanner and Sensor

Mobile Terminals

Mobile Terminals, also called Mobile Computers barcode scanners, are handheld devices that combine barcode scanning with the features of a mobile computer. These devices are lightweight and ergonomic, making them easier to carry and handle.

Mobile Terminals run on either Windows or Android operating systems. They have built-in large memory capacity (RAM and flash memory), powerful processors, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology, and advanced barcode reading capabilities. Mobile Terminals also feature a touchscreen display and an integrated keyboard to facilitate data entry and documentation.

Mobile Terminals are designed with a focus on toughness. They have robust bodies made of reinforced plastic or metal with sturdy housing and rubber grips and bumpers for added durability. These devices come with Ingress Protection (IP) ratings, tumble ratings and certified drop tests, which make them ideal for tough working environments and outdoor applications.

Utilising a Mobile Barcode Scanning Terminal either in hand or attached to a forklift or other vehicle, employees can access a vast range of pertinent information, applications and services while on the move. The outcome? Enhanced effectiveness through mobility, getting the job done more effectively in less time.

Visit Triton’s Mobile Terminal homepage to find top-quality Mobile Terminals at competitive prices.

Application Examples

Mobile computer barcode scanner

General Barcode Scanners

General barcode scanners are devices that quickly and accurately scan barcodes. They come with features like fast scan speed, ergonomic design, and long-range scanning, making them reliable for various purposes.

General-purpose barcode scanners help employees streamline reading multiple barcodes at once, enabling them to work faster and far more efficiently. Any task from retail point of sale systems to backroom inventory is greatly enhanced by utilising this category of barcode scanners.

General scanners are not built to endure rough handling beyond minor events like accidental drops, limiting their ability to function in high-intensity environments. However, these devices are still appropriate for low-intensity environments, such as convenience stores, hardware shops, bottle shops, and general stores.

Check out Triton’s general barcode scanner homepage for our full range of general-purpose barcode scanners.

Application Examples

General purpose barcode scanner

Rugged Barcode Scanners

Rugged barcode scanners are scanners that have the same features as general barcode scanners but with added design characteristics of resilience and toughness. They are built using high-grade materials like reinforced plastics and metal.

Rugged barcode scanners have protective bumpers, rubber frames, and resistant casings or coatings for extra protection. They come with IP ratings, tumble test certification, drop-impact tests and other certifications that enhance their durability. With such features, rugged scanners are suitable for tough working environments like warehouses, factories and freight transport.

Visit Triton’s rugged barcode scanner homepage to explore a vast selection of high-quality and affordable rugged barcode scanners.

Application Examples

Rugged barcode scanner

2D Barcode Scanners

2D barcode scanners are devices that are designed to scan both two-dimensional barcodes and traditional 1D barcodes. These scanners come with the same features as general barcode scanners but with added functionality to read 2D barcodes. 2D barcode scanners are also available in rugged models.

2D barcode scanners are suitable for almost any industry, as they can process a variety of high-density codes like QR codes, Aztec codes, Maxicode, Data Matrix codes and PDF417. These scanners are best suited for the healthcare, logistics, and travel industries.

Visit Triton’s 2D barcode scanner homepage to view a range of high-performance 2D scanners.

Application Examples

2D Barcode representing 2D barcode scanners

USB Barcode Scanners

Universal Serial Bus (USB) barcode scanners are a type of wired barcode scanners that connect to a host device (like a computer) via a USB port. These scanner devices rely on USB connections for power supply and transferring barcoded information.

USB barcode scanners do not have an onboard processor or memory and, therefore, always require a host device to perform their scanning and decoding functions. These devices are designed for a simple plug-and-play experience and require minimal setup efforts.

USB scanners are a cost-effective option that delivers the same top-notch performance as wireless scanners. They are ideal for retail and warehouse settings and used for inventory tracking and management, point-of-sale applications, order entry and tracking, and other such tasks.

Triton’s USB barcode scanner homepage showcases a range of powerful and reliable USB barcode scanners at competitive prices.

Application Examples

USB logo representing USB barcode scanners

Wireless Barcode Scanners

Wireless barcode scanners are a type of barcode scanner that uses radio frequency like WiFi or Bluetooth to wirelessly send barcode information from the scanner device to the host device. These scanners have built-in rechargeable batteries that power the device and send the decoded data from one point to another.

A wireless barcode scanner can communicate with its host device in two ways.

  • Directly with the host device (such as a computer or cash register) (direct connectivity)
  • Via a charging dock or base station (indirect connectivity)

Wireless scanners are best suited for applications where mobility is required, such as in warehouses, medical facilities, libraries, and retail stores.

Visit Triton’s wireless barcode scanners homepage to check out a collection of reliable and efficient wireless scanners.

Application Examples

wireless logo representing wireless barcode scanners

Bluetooth Barcode Scanners

Bluetooth barcode scanners are a type of wireless barcode scanners that use Bluetooth technology to send barcoded information from the scanner device to a host device. These scanners offer the same features as traditional barcode scanners but use Bluetooth to connect with other devices.

Check out Triton’s Bluetooth barcode scanner homepage to explore a range of high-performance, easy-to-use Bluetooth scanners.

Application Examples

Bluetooth Logo representing Bluetooth barcode scanners

Fixed Scanners and Sensors

Fixed scanners and sensors are scanning equipment that is designed to be permanently positioned in one location and offer fast, accurate and reliable scanning of barcodes of products that pass by. These devices are primarily used in warehouses, distribution centres, factories, and manufacturing plants where products move on conveyors or assembly lines.

At Triton, we provide image-based 1D as well as 2D code scanners. Visit Triton’s fixed scanner and sensor homepage to shop for the perfect scanning device for your needs.

Application Examples

Fixed scanners and sensors

How to Select a Barcode Scanner?

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing the right barcode scanner.

  • Determine the purpose
  • Consider barcode scanner type
  • Examine your barcode scanning environment
  • Select an ideal form factor
  • Determine the barcode type
  • Required barcode scanning range
  • Barcode reader’s scan speed and read rates
  • Available connectivity options
  • Compatibility
  • Ease of use
  • Warranty and customer support
  • Price

Check out our comprehensive guide on how to choose a barcode scanner. The guide will provide detailed information on each factor to consider and help you confidently make an informed decision.

Best Barcode Scanner Brands

Investing in a reliable barcode reader model is essential for maintaining smooth and efficient barcoding processes. To guarantee a high-quality scanner, it’s best to purchase a scanner from a reputable brand with a track record of excellence.

Here are the top two barcode scanner brands.

  • Zebra
  • Honeywell

Zebra Technologies

Zebra logo representing Zebra barcode scanners

Zebra Technologies is a global company that provides barcode solutions, printing solutions, and mobile computing systems. It was founded in 1969 by Edward L. Kaplan and Gerhard Cless. The company is currently headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, United States.

Zebra Technologies is recognised for its top-notch products and services that simplify business operations across the globe. The company’s commitment to quality service and innovation has earned them a large and loyal customer base.

Zebra Technologies has significantly grown its product line and market share through strategic mergers and acquisitions, particularly since going public in 1991. One notable acquisition was the purchase of Motorola Solution’s Enterprise Division in 2014 for $3.45 billion, which included Symbol Technologies and Psion product lines. This acquisition was a significant milestone in Zebra’s growth trajectory.

The acquisition of Motorola Solution’s Enterprise Division allowed Zebra Technologies to broaden its offerings and strengthen its position in mobile computing and data capture technology. Today, Zebra offers a wide range of barcode scanners, including.

  • General-purpose handheld scanners
  • General-purpose on-counter and hands-free scanners
  • Ultra-rugged barcode scanners
  • In-counter barcode scanners
  • Companion barcode scanners
  • Fixed mount barcode scanners
  • Mobile terminals
  • Healthcare barcode scanners

Visit Triton’s Zebra barcode scanner homepage to explore the available models and pick the perfect scanner for your needs.

Honeywell International Inc.

Honeywell logo representing Zebra barcode scanners

Honeywell International Inc. is a Fortune 100 American multinational conglomerate that designs and manufactures technology products, software, and services for various industries, including aerospace, commercial real estate, healthcare, logistics, and warehouses. It was founded in 1906 by Mark C. Honeywell as Honeywell Heating Specialty Company in Wabash, Indiana, United States. Today, the company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.

Honeywell has solidified its position as an industry leader by delivering innovative solutions that cater to global customer needs. Their commitment to excellence is evident in the quality of their products, which are designed to not only meet but exceed customer expectations.

By incorporating cutting-edge technology and staying ahead of the curve, Honeywell is able to ensure that their solutions are always reliable and effective. But it’s not just the end product that sets Honeywell apart. Their dedication to providing exceptional customer service is the cherry on top of an already exceptional experience.

Honeywell expanded its product range through various strategic acquisitions and partnerships. One of their notable actions was the acquisition of Hand Held Products, a top barcode scanner company. The acquisition of Hand Held Products enabled Honeywell to incorporate mobile data collection and industrial computing into its product portfolio.

Honeywell continued to acquire more companies such as Metrologic Instruments, EMS Technologies and Intermec over the year to expand its barcode scanner product range further. Today, Honeywell offers a variety of barcode scanners, such as.

  • General-purpose handheld scanners
  • Rugged handheld scanners
  • Presentation barcode scanners
  • Wearable barcode scanners
  • Fixed mount barcode scanners
  • Healthcare barcode scanners

Browse Triton’s Honeywell barcode scanner homepage to explore the available models and pick the perfect scanner for your needs.

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