What Are OEM Scan Engines?

Zebra OEM Scan Engines next to a push pin, showcasing the OEM scan engines' small size.

What Is an OEM Scan Engine?

An OEM scan engine is the part that is integrated into your barcode scanning device that decodes different barcode labels in your business operations. These scan engines can be used for your 1D and 2D scanning, images, signatures, RFID tags, direct part marks, and more. With 1D and 2D scan engines, you can quickly and cost-effectively integrate industry-leading barcode scanning into your products at whatever range is required. One of the key advantages of OEM scan engines is the ease with which you can stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. By leveraging these scan engines, you can effortlessly incorporate the latest scanning technology into your devices, enabling you to offer customers cutting-edge features and maintain a competitive edge in the market. Whether you require scan engines for fixed-mount scanners, OEM handheld scanners, OEM micro kiosks, OEM RFID products, or OEM mobile computers, these highly adaptable components can be seamlessly implemented, allowing you to create a wide range of products equipped with top-notch scanning capabilities tailored to your customers' needs.

What Are the Different Types of OEM Scan Engines?

In the world of barcode scanning technology, there exist three primary types of scan engines: laser, linear imager and area imager. These distinct scan engines have been designed to cater to the specific requirements of diverse industries and environments. By employing different approaches, they efficiently address the unique challenges presented by various use cases. OEM solutions offer customizable and integrated technology solutions that empower businesses to enhance their products, improve efficiency and meet specific industry needs. Let's explore the characteristics of each scan engine type and understand how they play a crucial role in meeting the demands of different sectors.

1. Array Imager Scan Engines

Array imager scan engines are one of the most versatile, depending on the solution you are looking for. They are ideal for both enterprise and consumer use. Array imagers come with the capability to handle OCR, document and image capture with a scanning range that varies from near to extended based on your operational needs. These engines can be implemented in a variety of uses such as demanding industrial environments, mobile computers, medical and diagnostic instruments, lottery and payment terminals, PRZM barcode capture, gaming, banking, mobile POS devices, scanning sleds/sleeves, kiosks, access control systems, and consumer devices.

2. Linear Imager Scan Engines

Linear imager scan engines offer cost-effective 1D scanning solutions for a diverse range of products. These engines consist of a single, integrated unit featuring an onboard decoder and serial host interface. Their compact and low-profile design makes them particularly suitable for space-constrained products. Primarily designed for consumer applications, these scan engines provide reliable scanning capabilities within a standard range. Their versatility extends to applications such as medical equipment, test tube barcode scanning, time card management, identity verification, gate access control and lottery kiosks.

3. Laser Scan Engines

Laser scan engines are 1-piece engines with a serial host interface. These are designed for enterprise and consumer use and provide standard and mid-range scanning capabilities. The engines can be implemented in handheld mobile computers, medical instruments, diagnostic equipment, lottery terminals, and robotics solutions.

Where Can an OEM Solution Be Applied?

OEMs in Retail and Hospitality

Keep customers’ business operations up to date well into the future – quickly, reliably and cost-effectively. This solution a help extend your brand identity, and enhance your offerings. In the fast-paced and customer-centric hospitality and retail sectors, it is crucial for businesses to stay current with the latest technologies and trends. OEM solutions enable businesses to integrate advanced data capture, tracking and management capabilities seamlessly into their operations. This integration can help businesses enhance their offerings by streamlining processes, improving operational efficiency and delivering a superior customer experience. By keeping their operations up to date, businesses can meet the changing demands of their customers and gain a competitive edge in the market. 

With OEM solutions, businesses can efficiently adopt new technologies without incurring excessive costs or facing complex implementation challenges. By providing reliable and scalable solutions, OEM solutions enable businesses to achieve innovation while maximizing their return on investment.

OEMs in Healthcare

OEM solutions help improve patient safety, increase staff productivity and meet regulatory requirements, quickly and cost-effectively. OEM solutions provide advanced capabilities that enable accurate and efficient data capture throughout healthcare workflows. By seamlessly integrating barcode scanning, RFID technology and other data capture functionalities into medical devices, OEM solutions empower healthcare professionals to effectively track and manage patient information, medication administration, specimen identification and more. This ensures that the right treatments, medications, and procedures are administered to the correct patients, minimizing the risk of errors and enhancing patient safety. 

OEM solutions can also help increase staff productivity within healthcare environments. By automating data capture processes and eliminating manual data entry tasks, healthcare professionals can save valuable time and allocate it to providing quality care to patients. Advanced OEM scanning technologies and seamless integration into medical devices enable quick and accurate capture of information, allowing staff members to efficiently perform tasks such as inventory management, asset tracking and patient identification. This can help streamline workflows, reduce administrative burden and enable healthcare professionals to focus more on patient care.

OEMs in Technology and mPOS

Complement your payment solution with reliable, secure and affordable OEM technology that will aid in customer experiences faster and friction-free. speed and efficiency are critical in processing transactions. OEM scanning solutions are specifically engineered to meet high demands by delivering fast and accurate data capture capabilities. With advanced barcode scanning technology, businesses can quickly and seamlessly capture payment information, reducing transaction times and ensuring a smooth checkout process for customers. This enables businesses to deliver a friction-free experience, enhancing customer satisfaction and loyalty.

OEM scanning solutions can also incorporate robust security features, such as encryption and authentication, to safeguard sensitive payment data. By integrating secure OEM scanning solutions into their payment systems, businesses can provide a higher level of data protection, mitigating the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches. This instills trust in customers and ensures compliance with industry regulations. Businesses can also leverage reliable and advanced scanning technology without straining their budgets. The affordability of OEM solutions allows businesses to enhance their payment solutions and provide a superior customer experience without compromising their financial resources.

OEMs in Manufacturing

Increase productivity, product variants, visibility and flexibility in your manufacturing operations while reducing costs. OEM scan engines can quickly and accurately capture barcodes, facilitating rapid tracking and identification of products, components and materials throughout the production process. By integrating OEM scan engines into their manufacturing systems, businesses can minimize manual data entry, reduce errors and optimize workflow, leading to improved efficiency and increased productivity.

Visibility is crucial in modern manufacturing, and OEM scan engine solutions provide real-time data capture and visibility across the production floor. By capturing data at various checkpoints, such as material receiving, inventory management and production line stages, manufacturers gain valuable insights into their operations. This enhanced visibility enables proactive decision-making, faster response times and the ability to identify and address bottlenecks or inefficiencies promptly. With better visibility, manufacturers can optimize production schedules, allocate resources effectively and improve overall operational performance.

OEM scan engines can also be integrated into a wide range of manufacturing systems and devices, including handheld scanners, fixed-mount scanners, mobile computers and industrial automation equipment. This flexibility allows manufacturers to choose the most suitable form factor and deployment option for their specific needs. Whether it's for barcode scanning during assembly, inventory management, quality control, or tracking work-in-progress, OEM scan engine solutions offer the versatility required to adapt to diverse manufacturing environments and processes.

OEMs in Gaming and Lottery

Provide new barcode scanning and real-time data touch points for your gaming operators. Offer everything to ensure engaging and profitable guest or player experiences. OEM scanning solutions enable gaming operators to enhance the ticketing process by incorporating advanced barcode scanning technology. By integrating these scan engines into ticketing systems, gaming operators can swiftly and accurately scan tickets, vouchers or loyalty cards, ensuring smooth and efficient entry for guests or players. This streamlined ticketing experience minimizes wait times, reduces congestion and sets the stage for a positive and engaging gaming experience from the start.

OEM scanning solutions offer gaming operators the ability to provide a comprehensive range of services to guests or players. Beyond ticket validation, OEM scanning solutions can be used to facilitate cashless payments, track player activity and offer loyalty program benefits. OEM scanning solutions can easily capture barcodes, allowing seamless integration with existing gaming systems. By offering these additional touch points, gaming operators can enhance the overall guest experience, provide convenience and encourage increased engagement and spending. The seamless and efficient ticketing experience, made possible by OEM solutions, sets a positive tone for guests' overall gaming experiences.

OEMs in Ticketing

Give your customers seamless ticketing technologies for shorter queuing times, improved customer satisfaction and increased sales. In ticketing environments, long queues can lead to customer frustration and impact overall customer satisfaction. OEM scanning solutions address this challenge by offering fast and accurate data capture capabilities. By integrating these scan engines into ticketing systems, businesses can efficiently scan and process tickets, reducing queuing times and ensuring a smooth and seamless entry process for customers. The streamlined ticketing process not only enhances customer satisfaction but also maximizes operational efficiency by minimizing delays and congestion.

Businesses can leverage advanced OEM barcode scanning technology to enhance the customer experience. OEM scanning solutions can accurately capture and decode barcodes, enabling swift and reliable ticket validation. This ensures that tickets are quickly processed, minimizing wait times and allowing customers to enter events or venues with ease. By providing a seamless and efficient ticketing experience, businesses can leave a positive impression on customers, fostering increased loyalty and positive word-of-mouth recommendations. Businesses can create a frictionless ticketing experience that encourages customers to make impromptu purchases or attend additional events. The efficient and hassle-free ticket validation process, facilitated by OEM solutions, enhances customer convenience and encourages repeat business. Additionally, by reducing queuing times, businesses can accommodate more customers within a given timeframe, potentially increasing ticket sales and overall revenue.

OEMs in Quick Serve Restaurants (QSR)

Create self-service kiosk solutions for fast food restaurants, streamlining ordering, increasing revenues and meeting customer requests quickly and reliably. OEM scanning solutions enable the development of self-service kiosk solutions that enhance the ordering experience for customers. By integrating these scan engines into self-service kiosks, customers can easily navigate through menus, select their desired items and complete their orders with speed and convenience. This self-service approach minimizes wait times, reduces queues and empowers customers to customize their orders based on their preferences, dietary restrictions or special requests.

OEM scanning solutions can also accurately and swiftly capture barcodes, QR codes and other relevant information from menus, loyalty cards or digital coupons. This data capture capability eliminates manual entry errors and ensures precise and efficient order processing. The streamlined workflow leads to faster order fulfillment, allowing restaurants to serve more customers in less time and ultimately increase revenues. OEM scanning solutions offer flexibility and adaptability to the unique needs of quick-service restaurants. These solutions can be seamlessly integrated into a variety of self-service kiosk designs, ensuring compatibility with existing infrastructure or allowing for custom kiosk configurations. OEM solutions can help support various barcode and QR code formats commonly used in the restaurant and/or retail industry, providing versatile scanning capabilities for different menu items, loyalty programs or payment options.

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