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.

Barcode Verification: The Controversy

As a company that champions barcode quality, we encounter two types of groups: those who agree with us that barcode quality is important, and those who don’t. There is a range of conviction in each group: at the low end, those who agree—let’s call them advocates—test their barcodes somewhat grudgingly to “play it safe”. High…

Smart New Barcode-Match App

Barcode match is an important quality tool for order picking, kitting and packaging. Barcode match automates the process of making sure an order is being fulfilled with the right items. Yes, it sounds simple enough–in fact, why would you need technology to do something this simple? Ironically, the simplicity of the task is exactly why technology is…

Isn’t Barcode Verification Obsolete? A Case History

Scanners are increasingly better at reading low quality barcodes. Barcode printing has also improved: higher resolution, better control over line width and gain. Haven’t these advancements finally rendered barcode verification an expensive and redundant waste? Consider a current case history. Company XYZ (name changed to protect identity) distributes clothing using offshore contract manufacturers. They utilize…

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…