Bar codes are a type of codes that are applied on the labels attached to any type of products or directly on them, in order to digitally store relevant data about them, which can be read with the help of specifically designed scanners. These codes can be created using different techniques, the most commonly used being linear, 1D or 2D matrix symbol systems and QR codes systems. The linear versions can be printed using any type of digital laser or inkjet printer, while the other types, if they need to be applied directly to specific products, usually can be printed only with a special thermal barcode printer. 

Linear barcodes are represented by various black lines of different thicknesses printed on a white background, but however, the symbols can store a limited number of numerical characters, representing a serial number which is able to store enough information for most applications and can be read by all types of handheld corded or cordless, as well as fixed scanners. This type of barcodes are usually used in retail services, warehousing distribution and inventory and stock control services.

The 1D, 2D or QR code options imply printing an intricate pattern or different black blocks and shapes, instead of lines, also on a white background, the symbols being able to include a greater number of numerical characters, allowing a greater amount of information to be stored. They have more capabilities than linear options and are usually used for different applications, such as transport ticketing, entertainment ticketing and commercial tracking, among others.

The basic bar coding equipment necessary in almost any retail or manufacturing business nowadays includes at least a label printer and one or more scanners or barcode readers, depending on the applications you intend to use them for.

Suppliers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah provide all the equipment needed for your business of any size in the UAE or in other countries in the Middle East, including a wide range of digital laser and inkjet printers and thermal label printers, as well as industry specific scanners for inventory, POS, industrial, retail or healthcare applications. Batteries, cables, stands and other accessories and replacement parts for the equipment, together with label printing, ID card, asset tracking, inventory and stock control, POS and RFID software solutions, can be also purchased from the same suppliers.

If you are trying to decide what type of bar coding equipment is the most suitable for your business needs, the suppliers in the UAE can recommend the best solutions for your requirements, according to your budget.