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.

Verifying the Barcode Verifier

Recently a customer called with a verifier concern. This is a company with several locations and different brands of verifiers. The XYZ verifier in one location was grading a particular barcode very differently than the same barcode on an ABC verifier at another location. Which one should they believe? A different situation with another customer…

Will Online Shopping Kill Barcodes?

Next to the predicted (and bogus) death of QR Codes, probably the next most prevalent doomsayer forecast is that online shopping will kill barcodes. And one of the most-oft stated causes is online shopping. This is something of a change since not too long ago the most popular reason that barcode technology was going to fail was…

Barcode Verifier Types

As barcode technology has matured and expanded into ever more, and more critical roles, barcodes are now found on a wider variety of materials and  packaging  configurations: metallic tubes and other cylindrical shapes, metallic-like bags, pouches and labels, parts and sub-assemblies of every  imaginable size, shape and substrate.  This means that barcode verification has also…

Changes in Barcode Verification

In the 35+ years that barcodes have been around in significant numbers, barcode verification has evolved and changed, right along with the barcodes themselves.  In the earliest days, barcode verification was relatively unknown; some pioneers in the industry even believed that verification was unnecessary. Looking back, it is difficult to reconstruct their logic, but it…

The Unhelpful Vendor

A global supplier to the packaging industry recently received a quality alert from an important building materials customer: their barcodes were failing in US home improvement stores. The UPC barcodes were not working on the packaging for certain products, but working fine on others. What was the problem? A Deepening Mystery Branding and product differences required…