QR Inventory mobile application has built-in barcode scanning capabilities, so you you do not need any additional hardware for barcode scanning inventory tracking. In many cases barcode scanning with a smartphone is adequate and saves you money on the purchasing of the barcode scanning hardware. However, if barcode scanning with a smartphone camera does not work for your business scenario, you can use a QR Inventory Pro mobile application, which is natively integrated with the socket mobile barcode scanners.
The biggest advantage of barcode scanning with a smartphone for inventory management is that you do not need to purchase and carry around additional barcode scanning hardware. However, inventory barcode scanning with a smartphone camera has some limitations:
If due to the above limitations scanning with a smartphone camera is not a good option for you, you can use a QR Inventory Pro mobile application, which is natively integrated with Socket Mobile 700 and 800 series barcode scanners.
Bluetooth barcode scanners that can be connected to the mobile devices (smartphones or tablets) can work in two modes:
QR Inventory mobile application is natively integrated with the Socket Mobile 700 and 800 series barcode scanners. It means that you should put a socket mobile scanner in the SPP mode (for iOS it is also called ios or application mode). When a socket mobile barcode scanner is connected to the smartphone you can use it on any mobile application screen that requires barcode scanning. When a socket mobile barcode scanner is disconnected you can use a smartphone camera for the barcode scanning.
Advantages of the connected barcode scanner vs smartphone barcode scanning come into play if you routinely process high volume inventory transactions. With the QR Inventory mobile application and connected socket mobile barcode scanner each scan adds inventory item to the transaction - no other action on your side are required. You always see a current inventory batch on a smartphone screen and can make adjustments when needed.
Once the transaction batch has all inventory items added you can submit it to the centralized cloud location with one click.
Optionally your inventory transactions can be accompanied by filling out a mobile form. For example, you may need to record a project number or job number for which inventory was used, record client information, take a photo of to document assets or inventory conditions, add a due date, notes, tracking number, etc. In some instances these additional parameters may include long numbers (such as a tracking number, or an ingredient batch number). Users can scan these long numbers into the form instead of entering them manually.
Without a barcode scanner connected to a smartphne a user would need to click a button next to a scannable field, and scan a number in using smartphone camera. With the attached barcode scanner a user can scan the number(s) and data will be put in the scannable form fields automatically, in the order they were scanned. A user can also put a specific form field into focus to scan data in this field.
For the manufacturing companies that need strict traceability for their finished goods, QR Inventory mobile application has an option to easily track lot numbers of the parts that go into each assembly. A company can create a generic composition list for each assembly. A shop floor employee pulls a composition list on a smartphone screen, then scans in lot number / serial number of the actual part that was used in the serialized assembly.
When barcode scanner is connected to a smartphone an employee can scan parts lot numbers / serial numbers in the order they are listed, or focus on a specific part field to scan in the number for this part.