Identifying tools with bar code labels is an option you may utilize to identify tools and to assign a code to a tool, find the tool in the tool list, to check a tool out and in.
Assigning a Bar Code
First you need bar coded labels which contain a bar code. Additionally you may customize your label your company name, phone number, logo or other humanly readable information. Utilizing pre-printed bar coded labels is more affordable than purchasing a bar code label printer and printing custom labels for each tool.Next attach a label to the tool and scan the bar code serial number into the Bar Code ID field in the Tool List. There is a separate field for this code so you don't have to use your Tool ID assigned elsewhere. In this way if the tool label is damaged, simply select a new label, attach it to the tool and scan the ID into the Bar Code ID field to "reassign" the bar code ID.
Using Bar Coding to Find a Tool
You may scan the bar code in either the Check Out, Check In, or Inquiry by Tool screens to locate the tool. For example, to check out a tool select the Check Out Activity and scan the tool's bar code. The program will search the Tool List and select the appropriate tool. You may make multiple selections by scanning more than one tool prior to completing the check out procedure. This feature works in a similar way on the Check In and Inquiry by Tool screens to locate a particular tool.