HOT's POS Equipment - Barcode Scanners, Cash Drawers, Receipt Printers


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Barcode Scanners

Our Hot Pos Barcode Scanners are designed to recognise and process barcode information into a digital format for further computer usage. We recommend laser barcode scanners or linear imaging models over CCD scanners because they can scan scan from a longer distance, work in all lighting conditions and are faster.Cash Drawers

The cash drawer is one of the best sounds in your shop! Most drawers usually have adjustable dividers for note and coin compartments. There are cash drawers that have steel front panels for added sceurity or basic plastic fronted drawers.Receipt Printers

Receipt printers or POS printers are used to print small dockets / receipts. The most common type of receipt printer is a thermal version. These usually print on a receipt about 76mm wide and the length varies dependant of the amount of information printed.Consumables

Paper rolls for thermal printers can be found here a great price. They are available in boxes of 24 rolls. Suitable for most thermal receipt printers including the Epson TM-T88IV.

Barcode Scanner & Barcode Type Review

Review barcode scanner example

Types of Barcode Scanners

CCD or Charged Coupled Device scanners are cheap but generally not as good as Laser Scanners or Linear because you have to bring the bar code very close to the scanner to register it and often need move it across the bar code becuase it's only taking a sample of the available data.

Laser are the most common scanners, point and shoot you see the active laser seeking out the barcode (as in supermarkets too) plus you can scan at a long distance.

Linear Imager Barcode Scanners are also CCD however they "take a picture" of the bar code so you don't have to slide or move it across the bar code as in a basic CCD scanner, they are heavy duty with no moving parts. Linear are better at reading some damaged barcodes, barcodes in bright light or under a plastic cover.

Other Bar Code Types and Radio methods

2D Barcode Visual two-dimensional way of representing information. It is similar to a linear (one-dimensional) barcode, but has more data representation capability.

Auto Identification Auto-Id, a real-time process of automatic data collection and identification, such as Barcodes, 2D barcodes, RFID, biometrics, optical character recognition (OCR and OMR).

RFID is a microchip combined with an antenna in a compact package. The tag contains a unique number such as S/N or other ID information.

What type of bar codes are the most common?

CodaBar font is often used in libraries, chemists, and courier air parcel business. CodaBar is a variable length format that allows encoding of the following 20 characters: 0123456789-$:/.+ABCD. The first and last digits of a CodaBar message must be A, B, C, or D, and the body of the message should not contain these characters.

Code font 25 AKA "Code 2 of 5", is a discrete, variable-length bar code format. There are two thicker bars in a total of five bars for each encoded character. It is often used for inventory handling, ID photo-finishing of envelopes, airlines ticketing, as well as baggage and cargo handling.

Code 39 is the most popular format used in the excluding retail. Used extensively in manufacturing, MIL / military, and health originations. Code 39 variable-length format will accept the following 44 characters:
0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ-.*$/+%. The asterisk (*) is used as the start/stop character and may not be used in the body of the message.
A check digit may also be added to provide an extra measure of security. Code 39 supports Modulo 43 and
xxx-nnnnnnn-c check digit formats. They add extra security.

Code font 128 is also a variable-length, high-density, alphanumeric format. Code font 128 has 106 different bar and space patterns, each pattern can have one of three different meanings, depending on which of the three different character sets is used. One character set encodes all upper case and ASCII control characters; another encodes all uppercase and lowercase characters and the third set encodes numeric digit pairs 00 through 99. The character set that is employed is determined by the start character.

Code 128 also allows encoding of four function codes: FNC1, FNC2, FNC3, and FNC4. FNC1 is reserved for use in European Article Numbering (EAN). FNC2 is used to instruct a bar code reader to concatenate the message in a bar code symbol with the message in the text symbol. FNC3 is used to instruct a bar code reader to perform a reset. FNC4 is used in closed system applications.
EAN 128. Is a variation of Code 128 format. EAN 128 uses the same code set as Code 128 except that it does not allow function codes FNC2 to FNC4 to be used in a symbol and FNC1 is used as part of the start code in the symbol.

EAN-13 is the European version of UPC (A), Uniform Product Code. The difference between EAN-13 and UPC (A) is that EAN-13 encodes a 13th digit into the parity pattern of the left six digits of a UPC (A) symbol. This 13th digit, combined with the 12th digit often represents country codes.
A supplemental two- or five-digit number may be appended to the main bar code symbol. This is designed for use on publications and periodicals. This number will appear as an additional bar code on the right side of the main bar code.

Like UPC(A), UPC(E) is used in retail applications; however, since the bar code is physically smaller, it is more suited to smaller items. UPC(E) is also called "zero-suppressed" because UPC(E) compresses a normal 12-digit UPC(A) code into a six-digit code. It suppresses the number-system digit, trailing digits in the manufacturers code, and leading zeros in the product identification part of the code.

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