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 Data Structure

It used to be that barcode quality was all about print quality. Even today, print quality is the only issue addressed by the ISO specifications for 1D and 2D barcodes. But as barcodes have been adopted into more industries and usages, the way the data is encoded has become another important barcode quality consideration. Data…

Using a Barcode Test Lab

Using a barcode test lab is not unlike using barcodes in a supply chain—it’s all about communication. Tell everybody that needs to know what you expect and don’t neglect to ask them to confirm. This also extends to any vendors you may be using to print your barcode labels. Referencing barcode quality, a wise person…

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…