Validating Barcode Data Content

We recently received an inquiry through the Barcode-Test website with this question: “Is it possible for two GS1-128 barcodes to have slightly different bar patterns, yet scan the exact same numbers?” Fascinating—and the answer is an emphatic “Yes, but…”   How can you determine the total data content in a barcode? If the very question…

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…