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.