If you have a barcode scanner, you can use it to quickly process incoming electronic part shipments, adding stock to your inventory and creating parts if necessary.
To use a scanner, use the "Scan" menu button instead of the usual "Create" (or "Add Stock"). PartsBox will then wait for input from the scanner. After receiving a code, it will be decoded and one of two things will happen:
Barcode scanners that generate keystrokes are supported (that includes most, if not all, USB scanners). The Zebra LS2208 is an example of a 1D scanner that is inexpensive, reliable, and works well. For scanning 2D barcodes, in addition to having a 2D scanner, you also have to configure it to replace special non-printable characters with ASCII sequences, so that it can work through a browser app. Please see the Users's Guide on how to configure a Zebra DS2208 scanner by scanning a special configuration code.
PartsBox supports the following barcodes:
If quantity is encoded in the bar code, it will be prefilled in the "Add Stock" dialog.
If you haven't bought a scanner yet, PartsBox recommends a 2D scanner, in particular the Zebra DS2208. More and more distributors will be migrating to 2D barcodes, which can store significantly more information. And a 2D scanner can also decode 1D barcodes as well.
PartsBox is an online app that lets you take control of your electronic parts inventory, BOM pricing, and small-scale production. It keeps track of where components are stored, what the current stock levels are, and which components are used in which projects/BOMs.