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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Understanding Modulation in the Barcode Verification Report

Recently we wrote about the ISO parameter Decodability. Now we will discuss Modulation, which is also somewhat difficult to understand. But first we must understand the various ways in which reflectivity is measured and graded in verification. Modulation grades the variability in light and dark reflectance values  Minimum Edge Contrast is an expression of the […]

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