Barcode Scanner vs barcode verifier

Ironically it seems that the more important and prevalent barcode quality becomes, the more frequently we encounter situations where barcode scanners are being considered and used instead of barcode verifiers. It is a puzzlement and a concern, and it reminds me of wisdom my father shared with me about motorcycle riding. “There are two kinds…

QR Code Update

I love QR Code—probably not for the same reason you do. It is a rich resource for incredibly creative, incredibly terrible barcodes. In the barcode testing business, that translates into fun. Here is a small sampling of hundreds of breathtakingly bad QR Codes we have found in the past few months, with some help from…

DPM Barcode Verification

Direct Part Mark or DPM barcodes pose a special set of challenges for verification. As the name implies, DPM barcodes are imaged directly onto a (usually) metal substrate using a variety of marking techniques. This alone presents challenges since both the method of marking can vary and the substrate can also vary. Added to that…

2D Symbol Verification

Those of you who are familiar with 1D barcode verification will be familiar with some of the ISO parameters in 2D verification, but there are also some aspects that will be very unfamiliar. These differences are even greater than one might think considering that 2D symbols can be printed in two very different ways.  2D symbols…

Your Barcode Doesn’t Scan: Why?

When your barcode doesn’t scan, it is like falling off an emotional cliff. With no information other than the deafening silence of no “beep”, how do you determine what’s wrong? The obvious answer is to use a verifier. Usually—but not always—when a scanner cannot decode a barcode, a verifier can. This is because a verifier…

Barcode Verification is Obsolete

Apologies for the hyperbolic title—I must have gotten caught up in all the election year sensationalism. However, this is a statement of belief we in the barcode quality community increasingly hear. It is driven by several factors but the availability of very aggressive scanners is the most often cited. “It stands to reason,” say the…