Manufacturing Data Collection: Barcode Support
Barcode Support and Custom Labels
EZ-MES supports Barcode entries and is using barcodes on most reports to identify
EZ-MES Objects. Furthermore it is possible to design your own custom barcode labels
that will show product specific information and custom images.
Click one of the following links to learn more, or continue reading below the links:
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.
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
Click one of the following links to learn more about the EZ-MES Features: