Barcode 201: How do Barcodes Work?

How Do Barcodes Work? If you refer to all barcodes as UPC’s, this article won’t be interesting to you. But if you know that all barcodes are not UPC’s, it may interest you to know that different symbologies encode the data very differently, and I’m not talking about how the data itself is arranged: that’s […]

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Barcode 101: Where Did Barcode Technology Come From?

Like most innovations, barcode technology started with a problem looking for a solution. Unlike a lot of solutions, barcode technology wasn’t possible without the existence of a solution that had not yet found a problem it could solve. That solution was the laser—but I’m getting ahead of myself. The nearest thing to a barcode as […]

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A Barcode Scanner Christmas Carole

Check out the checkout at a German retail store…click HERE and enjoy the video! May the spirit of the season warm your heart. Happy Holidays from Barcode-Test.

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Happy Holidays

Grocery checkout employees in Germany play Jingle Bells for their customers.  May the spirit of the season warm your heart. The very best to you, from all of us at Barcode-Test.

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Ten Most Common Thermal Printing Barcode Problems and How to Prevent Them

The use of thermal and thermal transfer printing continues to rise and many if not most of those labels include barcodes—thermal is a great technology for barcodes, especially variable or one-at-a-time label printing. Robust, industrial grade thermal printers perform well in less than pristine environments such as warehouses, packaging companies and shipping departments. But heavy […]

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Scan Rate as a Basis for Barcode Verification

Recently we were asked to weigh in on an ongoing conversation between a label printer and their customer. The GS1 Databar symbols the printer was producing had an 8 mil X dimension which is necessary to comply with the GS1 guidelines. The customer wanted the printer to use a smaller X dimension to reduce the […]

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Inline Verifiers–Necessary or Overkill?

Thinking about LabelExpo Americas last week, although I don’t have show statistics it felt like attendance was up from previous years. I saw more emphasis on inline verifiers than I have seen in the past. This is interesting to me because I am skeptical about its effectiveness. Surely there are circumstances where 100% automated, unattended […]

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Inconsistent Verifier Results: Defects

We were recently invited to a flexo printer who was getting inconsistent verifier results. The barcode was a UPC on a clear poly bag. When the symbols were tested on the flat, white substrate in the light box, they graded much worse than if the operator held the barcodes in the palm of his hand. […]

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Barcode Verification: Protect Important Partnerships

We have all heard a legion of tales about the importance of barcode verification. Many of the stories follow a similar path: verify and prevent problems—end of story. But in the real world that is not always the end of the story—it often is more interesting than that. Here is one such scenario. XYZ Labels […]

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How to Create a Stress Free Barcode Quality Audit

A barcode audit can be one of the most stressful things a vendor will experience, be it a retail, healthcare or a manufacturing supply system. A stress free barcode quality audit is the result of good internal practices and good external communications. Audits are an increasingly frequent occurrence in a world where barcodes support ever […]

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