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I received an email from one of the members about using bar code scanners for maintaining inventories of hardware and equipment. I am very much interested in this idea and I am hoping that someone can give us some suggestions on how to proceed. Needless to say, low cost (FREE) solutions are especially welcome.

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It is very easy to use a USB scanner to do inventory.  Just buy a USB scanner, plug it into your computer (the drivers and software will automatically install).  Then just open excel and scan away.  The bar codes you scan will be put directly into the excel field. 

Hi Jacek,


We purchased a Zebex Long Range Bar Code Handheld Scanner for  $104.06. It works really well. The FAMIS # is 05024454X. It is a must for maintaining inventory.

Hi Jaceck


If you have an new model of the iPod touch, or an iPad, I have been using an amazing app combined with the built-in camera to do my inventory. The app is called Inventory Scanner and it's free from the App Store. You can use it with most barcodes one products already, or, do what I have been doing which is printing my own barcodes and using them. Really liking how easy it is.

I have a question... Where can we get those scanners for hardware inventory?
They are on Famis.  Just go to and search for "barcode scanner".  There are many options to choose from.  I have the WASP and think it is great.
Thank you James :)) I got it.
Hi, somebody help please I go the scanner but it does not work the way it listed in the manual Does anyone actualy use it?

We used Destiny through E Follet.  This can work for assets as well as books.  I would look into this possibility, however there are some large costs associated with it.  What you can also do is buy a USB scanner and just use Access or Google Spreadsheets.


Hope that helps.

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