Barcode Support within RentControl
RentControl provides extensive barcode support to make keeping track of
inventory, selecting equipment for a rental or sale, and
checking equipment in after a rental much quicker and less error-prone.
If you barcode the items in your inventory, you
can scan the barcodes when attaching items to a rental, and
when checking items in after a rental is complete.
RentControl supports two kinds of scanners from a variety of
A keyboard wedge
scanner is a hand-held scanner that may be wireless or wired. If wired,
it attaches to your PC using a keyboard port. (It sits
between your keyboard and the PC, but does not disable the
keyboard.) The wireless varieties have different ranges depending on price.
A hand-held scanner is
very easy to use: Simply click in the field that will accept
the barcode number and point the scanner at the barcode.
Most wedges are activated simply by picking them up. And,
they are fairly inexpensive.
A hand-held scanner saves time and promotes accuracy. You can create an order
by simply scanning the barcodes of the items being rented. If the items are not within reach of the scanner,
RentControl can produce a printed copy of your inventory with barcodes so you have the barcodes to scan.
When an order is returned, you merely scan the items that came back. RentControl checks them in and
lets you know if any are missing or any didn't belong to the order. You can also use a hand-held scanner
to tag inventory items or reconcile inventory making both processes quick and accurate.
can also be used for barcodes. One difference between barcodes and RFID is that barcodes must be visible,
while RFID tags can be read even when hidden or jumbled with lots of other tags. For example, the tags attached to costumes
or linens can be read even when the clothing or linens are lying in a heap or in a laundry basket. (And specially-designed
RFID tags can withstand laundering.) Another difference is that RFID readers can read many tags at a time which
can make processing rentals easier.
Portable scanners are effectively small computers
complete with memory for storage and a variety of preprogrammed
functions. Their great advantage is their
portability, which makes them suitable for use away from
the office, or walking around a large warehouse. The latest
generation of these devices, like the MC55 series, are lightweight,
rugged and flexible, and pack the power of a cell phone, two-way radio,
barcode scanner, digital camera and mobile computer into them. They
run Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system and include applications
for email and scheduling, with the ability to synchronize data with similar
applications on a PC. In addition, they can include Bluetooth for wireless connectivity
and headset use and more.
Used with RentControl, a special application lets you scan many barcoded items at once, no matter
where your equipment currently lies, and then upload the
scanned data to a file on your PC. RentControl can then read
these files and process the scanned data, either attaching the
scanned items to a rental, checking in the scanned items
after the rental is complete, helping with inventory reconciliation, even
tagging new inventory items with their barcodes. If you rent large equipment, a
portable scanner permits you to easily scan equipment while
it is out in a yard, on a truck or off-site. If equipment
frequently goes from one rental to another without returning
to your warehouse, a portable scanner permits you to go to
the rental site and scan the equipment before it is transported
to its next destination, thus guaranteeing that you
have the right asset numbers for the equipment. Obviously,
portable scanners are somewhat expensive, but they are more than
just a vehicle for scanning barcodes. With the right configuration, they
can enable your workers to have true enterprise accessibility and can
eliminate the need for cell phones, beepers, walkie-talkies, etc., since
all of these functions are encapsulated in a single device.
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