Barcode Tool Tracking Tips

Barcode tool tracking can be easy. Here are some tips for tracking your tools with barcodes.

Keep Barcoding Simple

Barcoding your tools doesn’t have to be complex. The barcode lable simply needs to provide a unique identifying number for each tool. The scanning of the label then acts as a search for that unique number in the system. All additional tool information is provided by ShareMyToolbox. Thus, the barcode label just needs to provide a unique number.


No Expensive Scanners

There is no need to buy an expensive barcode scanner. Barcode tool tracking has indeed moved out of the 1980’s! Just use the camera on your phone or tablet to scan. Today’s smart phone cameras have excellent resolution and do a great job scanning barcodes. Thus, everyone in your company is already equipped to scan today!

Rugged Barcodes

If you operate in a dirty or rough enviroment then you may want to invest in rugged barcode labels. Metal etched tags and metal foil tags hold up to rain, mud and scratches much better than traditional barcodes. There are a number of places you can purchase these online but we recommend Camcode.com. They will send you some samples to try out before you buy.


All or Nothing?

Barcoding is not an all or nothing event. You can start tracking all your tools and equipment in the system immediately. You can then slowly start adding barcodes to items. The barcode simply provides a faster way to identify an item. However, a sharpie does that as well. Get started tracking tools today and add barcodes as you can to speed up the search and ID process.


Barcode Tutorial Video


This video gives you a quick tutorial on how to setup barcoding with our system.

Barcode Tool Tracking Phone

Where to Buy Barcodes


ShareMyToolbox can work with your existing barcodes or you can purchase new barcodes.

Print barcodes yourself or buy rugged ones. It is totally up to you.


Buy Barcodes

We recommend Camcode.com for purchasing barcodes. They have a large variety available and will send samples for you to try before you buy.

Print Your Own

Feel free to use your existing labels or print your own. ShareMyToolbox will work with any barcode that you can scan with a phone.



Important Links


Visit Camcode.com


Recommended Types

These documents provide more detailed information on popular barcode types.

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