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.

The Best Entry-Level Bar Code Verifier

Nobody wants to spend more than necessary on a bar code verifier, and now that the Honeywell (HHP) QuickCheck is history, what is the best entry-level bar code verifier replacement? In the Product Retirement announcement, Honeywell specifically recommended Axicon verifiers—but were they right? Let’s take a look. Let’s be honest about the QuickCheck. It was…

Designer QR Codes—Good Idea or Not?

The AIDC lab at the Russ College of Engineering and  Technology at Ohio University has just released a months-long study of QR Code performance. Volunteers were asked to test a collection of QR codes with various forms and degrees of “customization”.  All the major smart phone manufactures and operating systems were polled. The idea was…

Barcode News

No this article is not actually about barcode news, it is of course about bar code quality. But when you think about it, almost anything having to do with barcode news is by definition about bar code quality. Incidentally the very best place to find out about barcode news is at a great newsletter called…

The Dangers of an Old Verifier

Verifiers are expensive. Sometimes companies are reluctant to invest the money and once they finally do, they are reluctant to let go of an old verifier that still works. But sometimes an old verifier that works is worse than one that does not work. Here are some reasons why. “Working” is one thing; “functioning properly”…

Bar Width Reduction

Bar width reduction or BWR is a method for adjusting the graphics design file of a barcode to compensate for press gain. Press gain or ink spread is one of the most common causes of poor barcode performance. Bar width reduction is a compensation for press gain Not all barcode design software provides for bar…