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Barcodes and a Media Library for FileMaker

We are a video production company that is currently looking to implement barcodes to increase efficiency and decrease user error when handling our tapes. Most tapes are stored in a warehouse offsite and maybe 10-15% are onsite at our offices.

We have been using Filemaker Pro and our own numbering system, which is basically alphanumeric numbers printed on labels that are then affixed to the tapes.

I've successfully used a Code 39 font to generate barcodes from our unique ID field. Next, we just need to figure out the best scanner to buy that will help us accomplish our goals.

The functions we'll need to perform are pretty basic. For example, we may need to:
-Log in/out, ie: change the "Location" field for a tape and update the "Date" field
-Take inventory, ie: verify its location, or just update "Date" field
-Find record, ie: perform find and enter edit mode to alter the metadata manually

We are cross platform but are transitioning to Macs so would like to go in that direction, if that makes any difference. Filemaker v10. Would be a plus to be able to somehow use our smartphones to simplify the amount of instrumentation since everyone has a smartphone now. Also, since the warehouse is not networked to the office, it would be helpful to be able to perform work at the warehouse that can somehow be brought back and integrated into the database back at the office. Especially for taking inventory.

We are completely new to barcoding systems and have no experience programming scanners. Actually that is my biggest concern is jumping the initial hurdle of learning to program the scanners. Is this difficult? Are some better at integration with Filemaker than others?

Also is there a rule of thumb for printing size of the Code39 font or is it entirely dependent on the type of scanner used.

Thanks


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Motorola's MC1000 is a great Portable Memory Scanner:



For specific questions about any of the Portable Memory Scanners, please contact the specific manufacturer located on our vendor list

Unfortunately, we do not have any direct video demonstrations on how to use the portable memory or wireless scanners.

For specific information, I recommend contacting Motorola customer service.

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Are there video demonstrations of how to use and program these scanners? How do you integrate the scanning you do in the field with the computer back at the office?

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You may want to consider a couple of scanner types: Portable Memory and Wireless.

Portable Memory will allow you to scan items in the warehouse and upload them to the database.
https://www.idautomation.com/portable_memory/

Wireless Scanners such as the SC5USBW scanner allows you to travel up to 300 feet to scan barcodes that are entered directly into the system: https://www.idautomation.com/scanners/wireless-barcode-scanner.html

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