Barcode scanner for any kind of business

The type of business the scanner will be used in is of high importance, because this determines which type of scanner is most suited.

Scanners are used in a wide variety of sectors such as: Magazijnen (warehousing/DC), gezondheidszorg (healthcare), detailhandel (retail), industrie (industrial) or voorraadbeheer (stock management).
Om te kunnen voldoen aan de specificaties per sector zijn de scanners verkrijgbaar in verschillende uitvoeringen waaronder: 1D or 2D scanners, standaard or vergroot bereik (extended/long range), vaste montage (fixed mount) of een draagbare (wearable) variant.

Please feel free to come into contact with us if you are looking for a scanner to be used in a specific situation or if you have any other questions.


In addition to selling scanners, we also offer the possibility to rent a scanner, we have various models in our portfolio ranging from small format scanners (OPTICON PX-20 and OPTICON OPN-2001) tot aan een handheld met of zonder pistolgrip (Datalogic Joya Touch 22 or Newland MT90). For more information see our rental page.

Datalogic Gryphon GM4500 scanners

What type of scanners are there?

There is a lot to choose from in the world of scanners, first and most important is the type of scan engine that you will be using.

These are the 3 main stream types of scan engines used:

– (1D) Laser

A beam is shot from the laser scan engine and reads the barcode, this reading of the barcode occurs due to a moving mirror which causes the beam to go over the surface it is pointed towards.
The laser can only read in a straight line, and will translate the reflections from the barcode into a digital signal. A laser scanner is only able to read 1D (one dimensional) barcodes.
These kind of engines can be used in any environment, but will be mostly used in retail.

– (1D) Linear Imager

The biggest difference with the laser scan engine is that the linear imager takes a picture of the barcode using a CCD (Charged Coupled Device) or LED scanner. The advantage of this kind of sensor is that it can read damaged or poorly printed barcodes better than a laser scan engine. A linear imager can read 1D (one dimensional) barcodes. The linear imager will most likely be used in industries such as inventory control, retail or for shipping and receiving goods.

– (1D & 2D) Area Imager

The 2D Area Imager is the fastest engine of the 3 types of scan engines we talked about. It can read both types of barcodes (1D and 2D) and is able to do this from any direction (omnidirectional). This type of imager is capable of scanning directly from a mobile phone screen, for example tickets at the cinema. The Area Imager is also suited for (extra) long range scanning, for example in a warehouse with high pallet racks. The 2D Area Imager is the most versatile and future proof scan engine you can use!

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