Barcode Quality Redefined: Part 2

When you think about what is happening in the quality community as ISO 9001 and other quality protocols evolve into a risk management standard, you appreciate the unique perspective we have as professions in the barcode industry. In the early 1970’s an ad hoc committee of grocery industry executives got together to find a solution…

Big Changes in Barcode Scanning Technology: New VDC Research Report

VDC Research, a leading technology market analyst form which specializes in barcode and other auto-id technologies, published a new report today (October 1, 2013). The report claims that barcode scanning is changing from old laser technology to new  camera/software technology; the report further claims that this will transform barcodes from a low-tech, mature technology into…

Barcode Quality Redefined

What does barcode quality actually mean? Is barcode quality limited to the printed image or does it include the structure of the encoded data? What if the printed image and data structure are accurate but the data encode the wrong item or no item at all? Ten or fifteen years ago, poorly performing barcodes were…

Barcodes and Package Quality

The lead article in the September 17, 2013 Pharmaceutical Online Newsletter is entitled “Mitigate Risk with Package Quality”. It is an excellent article and makes several cogent points about the importance of package quality. Here are some of those points: Quality is the drumbeat for profitability A bad package is a serious liability At what…

Eight Simple Barcode Mistakes

Just because these barcode mistakes are simple does not mean they are obvious—many of them are subtle—so subtle that some verifiers don’t detect them. Barcode mistakes fall into two broad categories: design errors and printing errors. Neither is more important than the other. Perfect printing cannot overcome flawed design, but neither can perfect design overcome…

The Expanding Use of Barcodes

It took over twenty years from the issuance of Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland’s patent for a printed barcode pattern (1952), for the grocery industry to recognize and adopt the technology (1973). It took another four years (1977) before scanners started appearing in grocery stores in any significant number–if about 200 store is considered a…

Why is Barcode Quality Important?

  Hasn’t this drum already been beaten to death? How could there possibly be anything new or interesting to say about barcode quality? Well, read on and then decide. Everybody already knows about how barcodes are the connective tissue that keeps supply chains intact. We have all heard how properly performing barcodes can prevent people…

Barcode Font Problems

Barcode font problems are a common occurrence. Bar code fonts are a lousy way to generate a bar code. To prove our point, we did a very unscientific study by doing an online search of the term “barcode font” which yielded about 17.5 million results; the term “barcode font problems” yielded about 21.5 million results. …