Barcode scanners are one of those types of devices that are extremely common in a variety of industries, whether it's for use in a manufacturing process or for cataloging inventory or a multitude of other possible uses. But how do you go from scanning a barcode to making that barcode data available to your monitoring applications such as an HMI or a SCADA?
Over the years of working in the automation software realm, I've seen dozens of clients have this seemingly basic need to bring barcodes up into various software packages. Regardless of the make/model of the scanner, the process is almost identical. For example, you could connect to a DataLogic scanner in under five minutes. (Click for How-To Video)
This post will cover the steps for bridging that gap between your scanners and your client applications.