The Next Big Barcode Problem

Barcodes were invented to solve a problem—that is the bedrock of their existence. Kroger volunteered one of their stores for market research and in 1974 it all became history with the scanning of the first barcode in a retail store. From there, every evolutionary step in barcode technology has been to solve the next presenting…

UDI Barcode Structure

As the FDA rule rolls out, there is a lot of confusion about the UDI barcode. What is required? Where must it be shown? How is it structured? For reasons we don’t completely understand, it is very difficult finding answers to these very basic questions. The UDI or Unique Device Identification is, as the name…

How to Verify a Barcode

It may be more complicated than you would think to verify a barcode. You don’t just get a verifier and start pressing the button. In fact it begins with getting the right verifier—they are not all the same. To begin with, make sure you have an ISO compliant verifier. Surprising as it may seem, not…

Why is Barcode Verification Important?

Barcode performance is has improved in recent year for several reasons. Digital printing is one reason. Better scanners is another. Don’t these aggregate into making barcode verification unnecessary? We don’t think so and here’s why. While it may be true that digital printing and better scanners have improved barcode performance, barcode quality has also been…

What is Pharmacode?

Pharmaceutical Binary Code or pharmacode was developed my Laetus GMBH, a German company founded in 1974. Think of the Laetus Pharmacode as the original error prevention solution for the pharmaceutical packaging, except… …pharmacode is technically not really a barcode, at least not as we think of barcodes. While it does encode numerical data sort of…