Many companies struggle with tracking their fixed assets. Tracking the location, quantity, condition, maintenance, and depreciation of company assets is important for the purposes of financial accounting, preventative maintenance and even theft deterrence.
Without an efficient and accurate system that makes sure all resources are accounted for, it would be easy to lose track. Lost assets will affect any business’ bottom line including the replacement cost of the asset as well as the cost of lost proprietary data.
There are 3 components of a proper asset management system – barcoded asset tags, asset tracking hardware, and hardware asset management.
Barcoded asset tags can be used to identify and track assets and inventory throughout a facility from the office to the production floor. They are difficult to remove and therefore are good for deterring theft.
Asset tracking hardware includes bar code scanners. There are many types of bar code scanners on the market. A cabled scanner transmits data to your asset tracking application once it has been connected to a PC workstation.
A good example of a cables scanner is the Data logic Gryphon. The Data logic Gryphon bar code scanner reads most common linear bar codes, has a fast reading speed and a wide 42-degree angle for reading wider bar codes.
A mobile scanner will allow data to be synced between a PC application and the mobile computer in real time allowing items to be scanned wherever they are found. A good example of a mobile bar code scanner is the Datalogic Memor Mobile Computer. This pocket-sized mobile computer is compact, lightweight and versatile. It has an integrated laser scanner and a color display with a touch screen.