Scanning Considerations
Scanning Considerations

Scanning Considerations

Typically, scanning is a simple matter of aim, scan, and decode, with a few quick trial efforts to master it.
However, consider the following to optimize scanning performance:
  • Range — Scanners decode optimally over a particular working range — minimum and maximum distances from the barcode. This range varies according to barcode density and scanning device optics. Scan within range for quick and constant decodes; scanning too close or too far away prevents decodes. Move the scanner closer and further away to find the right working range for the barcodes being scanned.
  • Angle — Scanning angle is important for quick decodes. When the illumination/flash reflects directly back into the imager, the specular reflection can blind/saturate the imager. To avoid this, scan the barcode so that the beam does not bounce directly back. Do not scan at too sharp an angle; the scanner needs to collect scattered reflections from the scan to make a successful decode. Practice quickly shows what tolerances to work within.
  • Hold the device farther away for larger symbols.
  • Move the device closer for symbols with bars that are close together.
Scanning procedures depend on the app and device configuration. An app may use different scanning procedures from the one listed above.