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Verifying Barcodes on Corrugated

   Most barcode printing situations are pretty much the same, but printing barcodes on corrugated is highly specialized, and it brings special requirements both to barcode quality and the equipment required to test and grade it. The corrugated environment is so challenging for barcode printing, a symbology was invented specifically for it: the Interleaved Two […]

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The Future of Barcoding: A Retail Perspective

Barcode uses are so diverse, so rapidly evolving, it is not useful to talk about the future of barcoding as a whole. This article focuses on the future of barcoding just from a retail perspective, which has been the subject of much speculation almost from the beginning. Such speculation started with predictions that RFID will […]

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Barcode Types: More than Meets the Eye

There are more barcode types than most people realize. We are talking about the most basic barcode structures—not the more subtle, technical range of ways to encode the data (ergo Code 128, Interleaved Two-of-Five, UPC, etc.). The growing popularity of 2D symbols seems to suggest that there are really only two barcode types: 1D (like […]

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Barcode Match: Another Form of Barcode Quality

What we call barcode match others may call validation, but whatever you call it, it is an important variation of barcode quality, and it has many forms. Most often, we have seen barcode match in packaging lines where the packager must ensure that only the correct items are going into the master carton or on […]

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Laminate and Barcode Quality

There are many factors that influence barcode quality and performance. Laminate is one of the most misunderstood and elusive, but with the right tools and a clear understanding of the verification report, it is possible to laminate barcodes on labels and packages successfully. Not all laminates are the same and while the differences are not […]

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ISO Compliant Barcode Verifier

We’ve written before about the importance of using an ISO compliant barcode verifier but we’ve never talked specifically about what ISO compliance is and what it means. But let’s begin at the beginning and first discuss what the ISO organization is, who they are and what they do and do not do. ISO is the International Organization for […]

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Prepress Barcode Verification

Often we are asked when the best time to verify barcodes is, and our answer is always “as early and as often as possible.” Recently someone took our advice literally and asked us to verify a UPC symbol on a Cyrel® flexo plate. We have been asked about prepress barcode verification before, and our stock response has […]

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The Barcode Quality Partnership

If your company relies on vendors to produce or move your product—and who doesn’t?—you are already aware that your business has many relationships that are critical to your operations and success. That may include vendors who design or print your barcodes. Not long ago we wrote about one such partnership that wasn’t functioning as it […]

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