What is the difference between an industrial-grade barcode scanner and a commercial-grade barcode scanner? Why is there such a big gap in price?
Commercial barcode scanners are typically used to automate data with minimal error, reduce labor costs, and make it easier to track items through barcodes.
The application of industrial-grade barcode scanners is usually to provide high barcode reading accuracy as much as possible in the industrial production process, improve the processing capacity of barcode data, and maximize organizational efficiency.
The difference between the two is manifested in the following aspects.
The IP level of the scanner is different
IP rating is one of the important safety performances of electrical products, often referred to as the enclosure protection rating. This value means that the shell of the luminaire can ensure that the luminaire can work safely in the corresponding natural environment, and at the same time will not bring danger to the working environment.
There are many factors affecting electrical safety in the natural environment, such as shock vibration, corrosion, explosion, temperature difference, etc., but the most common are solid objects: people, animals, tools, dust; liquids: rainwater intrusion, water spray, soaking. Compared with the general commercial use environment, the industrial production environment is relatively harsh. The working environment of high temperature, high dust and high humidity are all factors that may exist in industrial production. During the use of the scanner, it is very likely to encounter factors such as liquid intrusion, severe shock and vibration, and a large amount of dust. Therefore, the IP rating of industrial-grade scanners will be required to be higher. No one wants to buy a scanner that goes wrong all day long and delays normal production.
The scanning performance of the barcode scanner is different
The environment of industrial applications is very complicated. Sometimes it is necessary to scan barcodes under strong light, sometimes it is necessary to operate outdoors, sometimes it is necessary to scan barcodes at a long distance, and sometimes it is necessary to scan barcodes with relatively high density. It cannot meet the special requirements of collecting barcodes in industrial environments. The most common barcode for supermarkets is nothing more than EAN-13 code. Many product barcodes are printed. The quality of the barcode is very good and it is easy to scan. There are many types of scanning guns, but no matter which category of scanning guns, generally is scannable.
Different prices of scanners
Industrial scanners are usually drop-resistant, dust-proof, and waterproof, so the price is also high. Although the scanning guns of supermarkets also have a certain IP rating, but for cost considerations, the industrial rating is generally low. It is also impossible for you to throw the scanning guns used in supermarkets maliciously, or soak them in water, so the scanning guns in commercial supermarkets generally range from several hundred to more than one thousand, which is much lower than industrial ones.
Although there are differences between industrial-grade scanners and commercial-grade scanners, the ultimate goal is to better scan and collect barcode data. Different scanners will be used in different environments to maximize their effectiveness. Choosing the right product will help us complete the work more efficiently.