Mr. Nachtrieb has 30+ years of hands-on experience in barcode technology. His team imaged the film master for the first commercially scanned barcode in North America (1974). His specialty is barcode quality. He created and hosts a highly customized barcode quality seminar which has been presented to 100's of companies, reaching thousands of quality-concerned people, helping them to avoid barcode problems and manage barcode-related risk.

Three Ways to Assure Barcode Quality

As the saying goes, there’s more than one way to skin a cat; yes, most problems offer multiple solutions. That is certainly true of controlling the risk and liability—financial and otherwise—of bad barcodes. And the best approach may not be a single solution; sometimes a combination of solutions is best for a particular situation. Purchasing…

Barcode Quality and Black Friday

The Black Friday shopping numbers are just starting to come in—was it another down year for consumer holiday spending like last year? These numbers are an insight into consumer confidence and the state of the economic recovery. The holiday shopping experience is also a referendum on store performance; even in good economic times consumers have…

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…