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.

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…

How important is Drug Labeling in Health Care Delivery?

Barcodes In Healthcare In a study published in the journal Anesthesiology in which researchers examined surgical procedures at Massachusetts General Hospital during 2013—2014, it was found that almost half of those surgeries involved a drug dosing mishap. Over one-third of them caused patent injury including three life-threatening mistakes, although no deaths actually resulted. Operating rooms…

3D Barcodes

Yes Virginia, there are 3D barcodes but let’s first be clear what they are not. Contrary to what some have written, Data Matrix Code and QR Code are not 3D barcodes (and nor, for that matter, are UPC and Code 128 2D barcodes). Come on people, remember your middle school geometry: data encoded in the…