FIIX mobile app supports both barcodes and QR code scanning. Both formats have their own advantages and disadvantages.
- Existing barcodes on the equipment, tool or part could be used if they conform to one of the 8 supported barcode types
- Barcodes can be printed independently and associated with assets after the fact. That means you can order a roll of compatible barcodes before you start implementing FIIX.
- Barcodes can be reused and re-assigned to other assets
- Barcodes can be ordered online from the many asset tags provider. Simply Google "Asset Tags" to find a vendor near you. Fiix's recommendation is to try a sample in the planned operating environment before committing to a large order. Review the important notice for those printing barcodes and QR codes before ordering.
- When barcodes are damaged even slightly, you may lose the ability to scan the barcode. However, you can quickly assign another barcode # to the asset record.
- QR codes are generated by FIIX and associated with the asset, as the asset record is created.
- If you have a dirty environment, you may need to order durable labels from a third party. If so, you must build out your asset hierarchy before you order those labels.
- QR codes are not transferrable to other assets.
- QR codes are more likely to be scannable even with slight damage.
- A QR code is capable of being read in 360 degrees, from any direction, thus eliminating any interference and negative effects from backgrounds.
- If you have a clean environment, then use QR codes. You can print and reprint QR codes as required using your label printers.
- In a dirty environment or an environment where codes can get damaged, you'll most likely have to order durable foil or metal plates. In this case, barcodes are the preferred choice. If a barcode gets damaged, you can assign another barcode from your barcode roll to the asset.