OZ/OOPS! Newsletter

SCOOPS! Newsletter March, 1994

Bar Coding

Many people have been asking recently about using bar coding with OOPS!®. There are two basic types of bar code readers on the market.

Wedge-type readers attach to your computer and turn bar codes into keyboard input. Wedge readers require no interface and work with OOPS!® just as your keyboard does.

Hand-held or portable readers turn bar codes into ASCII files which must be interpreted by OOPS!®

OOPS!® comes with the ability to process bar code information in Storeroom Requisitions, Parts Receipts and Physical Inventory Worksheets. OOPS!® looks for two pieces of information - Part Number and Quantity. The interface is designed to work with fixed-length field (column-type) ASCII files, a format commonly produced by hand-held readers. Check your manual for more information or go into one of the menu options mentioned above and select "Bar code transaction file."

If you would like to bar code more information than Part Number and Quantity, or if your ASCII files are in comma- (or quote-comma) delimited format, you can have a custom Doctor OOPS!® interface. Our tech support people have written many of these programs for a wide variety of OOPS!® applications from fuel consumption to equipment meter readings to completing work orders.

For printing bar code labels, OOPS!® can produce files to be exported to your bar code printing software. OOPS!® does not print bars independently; if you have a TSR program to print bars we may be able to imbed the codes it uses in your OOPS!® label format file.

Be warned: Bar coding is not a foolproof solution to all problems. It can improve recording accuracy and speed - it cannot magically make workers record part numbers.

If you would like more information regarding feasibility and pricing, feel free to contact technical support.