All about barcode cards
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What are barcodes?
Barcodes are a way of encoding information using a pattern of lines and spaces of different widths. The lines and spaces represent a series of numbers or letters that can be read by a barcode scanner.
Barcode cards are commonly used to store information about products in retail stores, such as the item’s name, price, and inventory information. When a barcode is scanned, the information is read by a computer and used to perform various functions, such as adding the item to a customer’s order or updating the store’s inventory system.
There are many different types of barcodes, but the most common is the Universal Product Code (UPC), which consists of a series of 12 digits. Other types of barcodes include QR codes, which can store more information and can be read by smartphones, and Code 39, which is used for tracking and inventory management.
Here are inbadge Card Services, we offer the most popular versions of barcode cards used by timekeeping applications.
To see a full list of our currently available cards, please visit our Shop page: https://inbadge.com/shop/
When purchasing barcode swipe cards, be sure to check the compatibility with your specific timeclock system and consider any customization options you may need. You may also want to compare prices and reviews from multiple sources to find the best option for your needs.
What Types of Barcodes Are Used by Timeclocks?
Interleaved 2 of 5
Interleaved 2 of 5 (ITF) is a type of barcode that encodes numeric data using bars of varying widths. It is called “interleaved” because two sets of digits are interleaved with each other in the barcode. Each set of digits is represented by a series of bars and spaces, with the first set of digits having narrow bars and wide spaces, and the second set of digits having wide bars and narrow spaces.
ITF barcodes are often used for encoding product or inventory information, and are commonly seen on packaging, shipping labels, and in logistics applications. They are similar to other numeric barcodes like Code 39, but ITF barcodes can encode a larger amount of data in a smaller space.
ITF barcodes are typically read using barcode scanners, which detect the widths of the bars and spaces to decode the information stored in the barcode. ITF barcodes can be printed in various sizes and resolutions, and are widely used in the manufacturing, transportation, and retail industries for tracking and inventory management purposes.
Code 39 is a type of barcode that is widely used for various applications, including inventory tracking, asset management, and logistics. It is a linear or 1D barcode that can encode alphanumeric characters, including uppercase letters, digits, and a few special characters.
The Code 39 barcode consists of a series of bars and spaces that represent characters, with each character being composed of nine elements (five bars and four spaces). There are 43 possible characters that can be encoded in Code 39, including letters A-Z, digits 0-9, and several special characters such as space, hyphen, period, dollar sign, percent sign, and slash.
One of the advantages of Code 39 is its simplicity and ease of use, as it does not require a lot of space to encode data and can be easily printed on a wide range of materials using standard printers. Code 39 is also widely supported by barcode scanners and software, making it a popular choice for many applications.
However, one limitation of Code 39 is its relatively low data density compared to other barcode types, such as Code 128 or QR codes. Additionally, Code 39 does not have built-in error checking, so it is important to ensure that the data is accurately entered and read to avoid errors.
Which Timeclocks Use Barcode Cards?
Barcode timeclock systems offer a convenient and efficient way to track employee attendance and time worked. These cost-effective systems are widely used in various industries such as retail, hospitality, and healthcare.
There are several timeclock systems that use barcode cards to track employee attendance and time worked.
Some popular examples include:
Acroprint TimeQPlus – This system uses barcode cards or key fobs to identify employees and track their time and attendance.
TimeClock Plus – This system offers multiple clock-in/out options, including barcode cards, and allows for customization of attendance and overtime rules.
- WaspTime – This system uses barcode cards or RFID badges to track employee time and attendance, and offers integration with payroll and accounting systems.
- ADP (Automatic Data Processing) – This system that enables employees to clock in and out using a variety of methods, including barcode cards, biometric scanners, and mobile devices.
At inbadge Card Services, we currently offer the following barcode options:
–ADP Employee Cards
–ADP Employee Stickers
–ADP Maintenance (M Card) Badges
–ADP Supervisor (S Card) Badges
- Kronos – Supports a variety of time-tracking methods, including barcode cards, magnetic stripe cards, and proximity badges. Kronos time clocks offer a range of features, such as automatic scheduling, advanced reporting, and real-time monitoring of employee attendance data.
- Attendance on Demand – Time clocks use barcode cards, magnetic stripe cards, or proximity badges for clocking in and out. The system is designed to be easy to use and highly customizable, allowing businesses to tailor the system to their specific needs.
- Ceridian Dayforce – Time clocks are available in a range of models, including biometric, badge, and mobile options. The system supports a range of time-tracking methods, including barcode cards, magnetic stripe cards, and proximity badges.
- iSolved – This system supports a range of time-tracking methods, including barcode cards, magnetic stripe cards, and proximity badges. isolved time clocks offer a range of features, such as overtime calculations, shift scheduling, and real-time data reporting.
- SaaShr – This system supports a range of time-tracking methods, including barcode cards, magnetic stripe cards, and proximity badges. SaaShr is formerly known as WebApps and currently is currently branded as the UKG (United Kronos Group) Workforce Ready product line.
- Ultimate Software – Time clocks support a range of time-tracking methods, including barcode cards, magnetic stripe cards, and proximity badges. Ultimate Software time clocks offer a range of features, such as shift scheduling, automatic break tracking, and real-time data reporting.
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We are always looking to expand our barcode card offerrings.
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