Barcode Names: What Do They Mean?

[Note to people who call all barcodes “UPC’s” and all photo-copiers “Xerox machines”– don’t bother reading any further—this article will not interest you.] Not all barcode names have significance—UPC or Universal Product Code and Data Matrix, for example, are just generic names with no intrinsic meaning. Other barcode names are much more descriptive and interesting–at…

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Five QR Code Myths Dispelled

QR Code myths abound, as do articles about them. Our concern is the mythology surrounding QR Code from a quality standpoint. For example, we recently saw—and commented on—an article about a new graphics design technique that makes QR Code less obtrusive and more “harmonious” with the graphic it accompanies. The QR Code examples that accompanied…

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2014 Automatic Identification Teacher’s Institute

Just back from the 2014 Automatic Identification Teacher’s Institute which convened at the University of Memphis. This great AIDC industry event recent relocated from its previous home at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. This year Barcode-Test co-presented a workshop on barcode verification to a large group of attendees including professors from engineering and technology departments…

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The Perfect Universal Verifier

The Perfect Universal Verifier First let’s define terms:  a “universal” verifier is one that tests both 1D or linear barcodes and 2D or matrix symbols. UPC, Code 128 and ITF14 are examples of 1D barcodes; QR Code and Data Matrix Code are examples of 2D symbols.  Having been in the barcode business—and the barcode quality…

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