Can plexiglass partitions degrade barcode scan readability? - Datalogic

Can plexiglass partitions degrade barcode scan readability?

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Plexiglass protection barriers are affecting some barcode scanner’s performance, forcing multiple attempts when reading through the glass. Or, even worse, urging clerks to go around the plexiglass to scan the barcodes, defeating the purpose and effectiveness of the physical distance measure recently established by retailers.

Most supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores, restaurants, and service providers are permanently installing plexiglass partitions at the checkout counters to act as a safeguard by limiting transmission of the virus between customers and the associates processing their transactions.

Optimum scan performance becomes essential to maintain when operating through the plexiglass barriers to read ID Cards, loyalty cards, or coupons, in both printed or mobile formats.

Datalogic scanners were put to the trial, to validate this new checkout layout.


Datalogic scanners maintained excellent depth of field and sweep performance, even through 3/16” (4.7mm) thick plexiglass with no reduction in reading capability.

With the spread of COVID-19, ensuring the health of customers and employees has never been more important to retailers. Datalogic scanners help delivering quick throughput at checkouts and customer satisfaction, while adapting to retailer’s social distance initiatives at the POS.
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