What Can Barcode and UID Plates Do?

BY Rowena Taylor

Barcode and UID PlateBarcode and UID plates are used in many different ways and by numerous industries. Where these are used often dictates what kind of code is used or chosen for the plates that a company has made. The kind of code chosen is also selected according to the kind of information a company needs to have on these plates.

So, where can these plates be used and for what purpose? Here are some examples:

Asset tracking and inventory purposes – these tags can actually be used to help keep track of whatever items, equipment, and other assets the company acquires. In order for asset tracking to be effective, these tags need to be attached to the item the very day it is acquired, and the information on the tag scanned and registered on the company’s inventory list or program.

To be able to track these items properly, a regular scanning of all the barcodes on these items should be done. Items that are still working, items that are under repair, and items that are no longer usable should all be taken note of in order for the company to know what needs to be done. This includes the possibility of acquiring new equipment to replace those that are no longer running, and to add to the ones that are still running or are being repaired.

Point of Sale – these tags are also used on items that are being sold, with the tags on these scanned with an optical scanner that helps speed up the sale process. This particular code also carries in it the price, the date when the item was first put on sale, information about the item, and so on. Of course, the amount of information that can be found on these tags will depend on the kind of barcode that is being used. This can be any of the many linear barcodes being used by numerous retailers worldwide, or any of the 2D codes that seem to be becoming more popular these days due to the huge amount of information these could hold on them.

Item Information – these tags can also be used to help with finding out more about an item, without needing to put long, descriptive pages on the item itself. The information that a buyer, prospective buyer, or even a seller may need to get about an item is coded into these barcode and UID plates, and when they need to find out more about it, a scanner helps them extract the information they need. This particular usage often requires the use of the 2D type of code since these can store more information than the linear barcodes that you often see on items in stores, and around you.

These are but a few of the things that you will find barcode and UID plates being used for. These plates are usually made out of metal, such as stainless steel or aluminum, however there are times when businesses choose to use thinner and lighter materials for these things, such as aluminum foil and polyester. The choice is usually dependent on where these are to be attached to, with metal plates being chosen for heavy duty equipment and items, and label-type barcoded tags being used for smaller items.

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