Ever since its first revolution in 1800, the industrial sector has continually developed new approaches to make production, transportation, and communication between the divisions faster and more efficient. In 2020, we are facing the fourth industrial revolution, leading us towards a connected environment of data, processes, people, services, and systems. To leverage the network, companies need to optimize every aspect of their value chain and find digital solutions that allow flawless communication between customers, suppliers, and the internal points of intersection.
When creating a fully digitalized workflow, the two following factors are crucial for success:
Industry 4.0 does not just describe networking between people. It displays a model in which products, as well as machines, are linked with each other. They can communicate, to a certain extent, even without human support.
This system is called the “Internet of Things.” To construct such a system, one has to make every product part of the digital process. The most convenient way to achieve this goal is the implementation of barcodes in the process.
Incorporating barcode technology bears various benefits regarding business process management. Modern types of barcodes, such as PDF417, or Data Matrix, are the most beneficial solution for the company’s use case. They can be engraved into items, and accordingly represent a robust long-term identification. One could call this a “digital fingerprint,” which is thus given to objects.
The following example of a car radiator is going to display the different use cases of a barcode attached to an item. In this particular case, a Data Matrix code is engraved directly onto the article to guarantee great readability throughout the whole process.
Apart from the previously mentioned advantages, one can imagine the impact on the whole value chain by looking at the further possibilities of a digital network based on barcodes:
These points guarantee a stable supply process and provide an efficient way to determine current demand by digitalizing and crosslinking different intersections within the value chain.
The mobile revolution is affecting industries in every sector, and tablets are the new standard. They are robust, independent devices, which are connected and offer apps for every need. One of the most useful features is the integrated camera, which is not only useful for documentation purposes. Modern technologies like Scanner SDKs turn them into flexible scanning solutions for documents and barcodes.
By integrating a smart Barcode Scanner SDK into a mobile app, one can incorporate a scanning functionality into the existing workflow smoothly. You can instantly access the information of every machine and part. Since tablets are less prone to damage and cheaper than traditional hand scanners or PCs, they provide the perfect alternative to previously used tools.
The on-demand scanning capabilities of the Scanbot Barcode Scanner SDK allow real-time data exchange between all concerned parties of the value chain, such as service, development, or production.
Implementing a barcode scanner into an already existing app takes only a few business days with the Scanbot SDK. After the integration, the scanning feature can be used on any mobile device with a camera. A customizable user interface leads even inexperienced users into the right scanning positions within seconds. Of course, all common barcode types are supported.
If you gained interest in the topic, please check out our other articles about barcodes and their usage, PDF417-, or Data Matrix Codes. In case you want to get in touch with us, please feel free to contact us. We'd love to figure out a perfect solution for your company.
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