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Decodability: How to Improve Barcode Quality

 Decodability is one of the tested and graded ISO parameters that determine barcode quality. Why test and grade a barcode for quality? This is done in order to predict with  reasonable accuracy that the barcode will decode successfully using any type of scanner anywhere on the planet. That’s a tall order and that is one […]

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How do you know your barcode will work?

Whether it is the barcode on your product, or the barcode you printed for a customer, you are confident it should work right. Well maybe your confidence is misplaced; if  something goes wrong, soon enough you will know and it will be a memorable experience—one you do not want to relive. How do you find out for […]

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The Unhelpful Vendor

A global supplier to the packaging industry recently received a quality alert from an important building materials customer: their barcodes were failing in US home improvement stores. The UPC barcodes were not working on the packaging for certain products, but working fine on others. What was the problem? A Deepening Mystery Branding and product differences required […]

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The Ten Worst Barcode Bloopers

  The irony in this article is that barcodes were invented to prevent errors. That is probably what makes barcode bloopers so interesting. What are the ten worst barcode bloopers since we last wrote about it a year ago? That is debatable and I invite you to agree or disagree with our choices but either […]

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The Present and Future of Barcodes

 Since their initial use in grocery checkout, barcodes have entered into an amazingly broad range of uses,  including:  The full spectrum of consumer retail goods  Manufacturing process tracking (WIP) of everything from light and heavy equipment and vehicles,  appliances,  subassemblies and parts  The movement of all of the above in supply chains  Access control of […]

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Barcode Quality is Risk Management

Barcode quality is increasingly important: barcodes are used in more critical applications than ever before. Matching a wristband barcode to the medications at bedside dosing in a hospital or nursing home, securing access control at a concert or sporting event, matching luggage to passengers on airliners—these are familiar ways in which barcodes play a serious, […]

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UDI and Barcode Verification

Now that the FDA Final Rule is enacted, the time of UDI implementation has arrived. UDI will: Standardize the identification of medical devices in a globally harmonized way Improve public health initiatives to optimize automated systems Reduce medical device related injuries and deaths via improved device recalls Eliminate (or at least reduce) inaccurate or incomplete […]

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My Barcode Does Not Scan–Why?

  Your barcode does not scan. Whomever it was that notified you, however and whenever the bad news arrived, it is a stressful surprise.  What happened? What do I do   next? Scanners—especially imager scanners, are very aggressive and tolerant of bad barcodes.  Older laser scanners are less forgiving. The first thing to do is […]

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The Ultimate Symbology

In our recent article Why Are There Different Kinds of Barcodes?  we posed the question (rather rhetorically) “…isn’t there one symbology that could do it all?” As a matter of fact there is a new symbology that is moving in that direction. It is called Ultracode. A draft of the international technical specification is completed, […]

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Why are there Different Kinds of Barcodes?

Having discussed what barcodes are and what they do in a previous article, a natural next question is, why are there different kinds of barcodes? Isn’t there one symbology that could do it all? Barcode technology may be approaching that landmark but there is a path that got us to this point. The milestones on that path […]

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