Manufacturing Data Collection: Barcode Support

Barcode Support and Custom Labels

EZ-MES supports Barcode entries and is using barcodes on most reports to identify the connected EZ-MES Objects. Furthermore it is possible to design your own custom barcode labels that will show product specific information and custom images.

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Data Entries

A Barcode reader can be seen as a keyboard. The Barcode that is being scanned is a sequence of characters. The Barcode reader reads the characters and enters them to the computer as a keystroke on the keyboard. When the string is finished the Barcode reader executes the 'Enter' key.

In EZ-MES you can place your cursor on any input field, and scan the barcode for the entry. The character string that is encoded in the Barcode will now appear into the input field.

Barcodes on reports

Printed Travelers, Part Record Reports, Work Orders, Purchase Orders, etc. all contain a barcode at the top of the page. When you hit the F12 Key you can scan the barcode and the corresponding EZ-MES Object opens in a form.

When a printed Traveler contains Part Records with unique serial numbers, then the barcodes for the attached Part Records are printed on the Traveler as well.

Custom Labels with Barcodes

Within EZ-MES you are able to configure your own designed Barcode Labels. These Barcode Labels can be specific for Part Defintition, or be made special for specific Step Definitions. The Step Definition Barcode Labels can be printed at the moment a Traveler moves through that specific operation.

Barcode Labels can be printed from either the Part Record Form or from the Traveler Form. From the Traveler Form a batch print option for all part on the Traveler is available as well.

Printing Barcodes

To print your own barcode labels we recommend to buy a special barcode printer. In case you would like to use a word processer, you can install a special barcode font. We use Code 39 barcodes and the following link will give you access to a free Code 39 font: BarcodesInc

Tips for Using the Barcode Font

  • Be sure to add an asterisk * character before and after your text. Example *YOURTEXTHERE*
  • Microsoft Word may adjust the character spacing and make the barcode unreadable. You may have more luck with Wordpad, found in the Windows Start Menu under Programs > Accessories.

Useful Links

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