The need for automatic item identification is predominant in the retail sector, making barcodes a timeless labelling necessity. Gradually, barcode printing is attaining a far-fielded scope in terms of applicability, wherein various sectors apart from consumer retail are adopting this technology to end their inventory and logistics woes. Concurrently, manufacturers of barcode printers are extending their product lines and expanding their production capacities to meet the brimming demands.
In the upcoming years, barcode printers will continue to retain its strong foothold as an industrial automation commodity. Manufacturers will be focusing on adopting new data collection technologies to incorporate them for development of upgraded variants to their existing product lines. But, fusing heuristic technologies can be observed as a bold move that doesn’t guarantee product quality. Barcode printers manufactured with innovative designs & technologies may still be prone to conventional flaws and compatibility issues. Changing standards in product identification and compliance, across multiple industrial verticals, will also influence the sales of barcode printers. Regardless, lack of a substitute to barcode technology will continue to drive the adoption of barcode printers.
A new study published by Future Market Insights projects that the global market for barcode printers will reflect robust CAGR during the five-year forecast period, 2017-2022. The study further reveals that industrial barcode printers will be in great demand, and will account for nearly half of revenues procured in the global barcode printer market. However, transforming environments of printing-related businesses, coupled with changing characteristics of barcode technology are expected to induce renovation in barcode printer manufacturing.
Readability vs. Verifiability
For average customer, barcode is commonly identified as invisible, meaning one cannot ascertain data from the encrypted codes. But, barcodes carry valuable information for drugmakers, the misinterpretation of which can cause distress in large pharmaceutical supply chains. Manufacturers of barcode printers are striving to boost the readability of the printed barcodes to avoid incidence of such problems.
Increasing adoption of organized inventory management is boosting the sales of barcode printers, even at individual levels. With rising sales of desktop barcode printers, enhancing the grading characteristics of printed barcodes is also becoming a concern. Grid non-uniformity, fixed pattern damage, unused error detection, and modulation contrasts are key grading parameters that must be optimized to lower compatibility issues associated with barcode scanning.
Emergence of High-Speed Thermal Barcode Printers
In the view of tackling high-production demands, several companies are boosting the production of modernized barcode printers. Of late, Toshiba’s new printer entered the market for thermal barcode printers, bringing in a brand new feature set at what is claimed to be reasonable price. The new thermal barcode printer is developed for high-speed printing, packed with compatibilities that facilitate label printing for supply chain, logistics, as well as manufacturing applications. Apart from being high on quality control, these thermal barcode printers are also effective in supporting low cost ownership, and reducing waste by optimizing ribbon consumption. In the days to come, barcode printer manufacturers are also expected to aim towards production of printers that lower the conventional shortcoming – frequent media replacement. Increasing printing capacity, lowering duration of printing cycles, and improving media handling operations will also be a key focus area in the future of barcode printer manufacturing.