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6 Common Problems in Distribution and 6 Ways Code Readers Solve Them

December, 2019

1 The wide field of view allows for reading of multiple codes even if they are far apart. 2 The wider range offocus allows for reading of codes atdifferent heights.

More and more operations in the distribution industry have been automated in recent years, including sorting, picking and storing on lines. And new digitization systems are being brought in. What is behind this drive towards automation? It's motivated by serious risks threatening the distribution industry such as increased demand and a shrinking workforce. Selecting the right code reader is criticial to ensure automation doesn't inadvertently make things worse through reading errors and unneccessary operations that damage productivity and efficiency. To help with this selection, we've compiled a short list of 6 common problems with conventional code readers and 6 solutions you need to know.

6 Common Problems with Code Readers and How To Solve Them

1 Position Changes

Problem - Even a slight shift in position or angle makes it impossible for barcodes to be read.
Solution - Camera type readers like the SR-2000 Series have no problem with boxes or labels in the wrong place or at the wrong angle.


2 Varying Box Sizes

Problem - There is not enough distance to read every barcode when boxes are different sizes or the conveyor cannot align the boxes.
Solution - The SR-2000 Series' long reading depth means it has no problem even on lines with cardboard boxes of different heights or sizes.

More efficient sorting!

3 Small Field of View

Problem - When the field of view for reading is small, several code readers have to be installed to avoid missing large boxes.
Solution - The SR-2000 Series' wide field of view means it can read multiple sets of delivery boxes stacked 3 high with no problems.

Less time spent breaking down stacks increases efficiency!

4 Slow Reading Times

Problem - Reading takes more time than expected, so the line has to be slowed down. The end result is zero improvement in processing time.
Solution - Stable reading is possible even while moving on high-speed lines or with robot arms.

Even better throughput!


5 Reading Errors

Problem - Reading errors on blurred or damaged barcodes cause the line to stop frequently.
Solution - The SR-2000 Series has incredible reading performance, even in difficult conditions such as worn surfaces or glare.

Fewer errors and line stoppages!

Printing is too thin or thick, or print is bleeding

6 Manual Scanning

Problem - Scanning manually with the product in one hand and a handheld code reader in the other increases burden on operators and performance is poor.
Solution - No need to pick up a handheld code reader, the barcode is read directly as you work simply by holding it out.

Completely hands-free operation leads to better performance!

There are several types of barcode readers that offer different tools and features for many different applications. The most important thing to do is evaluate your needs and choose a code reader that best suits those needs. If you are looking to improve productivity and efficiency, KEYENCE’s SR-2000 barcode reader is your solution to improving upon common problems experienced with standard code readers.