The Socket CHS 7XiRx barcode scanner, created by Socket Mobile, has been selected for use by the world’s largest privately held medical device manufacturing company, Cook Medical.

Last year around this time we featured Socket Mobile’s Bluetooth barcode scanner that synced with iOS devices — the scanner is “medical grade” — enabling it to be used by nurses and other health care professionals.

This purchase by Cook Medical is a huge boom for the CHS 7XiRX, which has never seen a large volume order of this size before. The device, coupled with employee’s iPhones, is being used to monitor customer and field-based inventories of medical devices.

“Many of our field reps were already using iPhones, so when we set out to add a barcode scanner into the mix we were looking for something robust and reliable that could be easily customized to work flawlessly with our application and the iPhone,” said Scott Todd, sales operations manager at Cook Medical. “The CHS 7XiRx coupled with the SocketScan™ 10 SDK really fit the bill — the technical documentation is great; between that and the sample code, we were able to glean everything we needed for implementation within four weeks.”

Cook Medical made this change for pragmatic reasons.

“The Cook Scan solution reduces the amount of time that our field-based representatives need to spend tracking their inventory and also increases data accuracy,” said Todd. “It also helps provide more effective inventory management by keeping a closer watch of inventory turns, and allows us to rotate products that are nearing expiration.”

Additionally, the barcode scanner and associated SocketScan 10 software developer kit (SDK) are sophisticated tools that add professional quality barcode scanning to any iOS device as well as numerous Android, Blackberry and desktop operating systems.