Axicon Visit

First day at Axicon Auto ID in Weston-on-the-Green—a completely unexpected location for a high tech company: everything is located in an ancient horse farm, refurbished to house a modern barcode specialty company. Weston-on-the-Green is a very historic area—near where George Washington came from before he went to the colonies and helped to establish the United…

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Axicon Group

Axicon Group has evolved and matured into one of the major forces in barcode verification. I had the pleasure of visiting them in Brentwood almost 20 years ago, and next week I have the unique opportunity to visit them again, now in Weston. Axicon is one of the top manufacturers of barcode verifiers worldwide As a…

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Prepress verification of barcodes: connecting the dots

Prepress verification of barcodes is a common practice in many printing companies. The reasons are partly from experience and partly practical: verification at prepress catches problems before they waste expensive press time, keeps expensive verification out of the damage-prone press environment and keeps press operators from making decisions they shouldn’t make based on technical and…

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Bar Width Reduction

Bar width reduction or BWR is a method for adjusting the graphics design file of a barcode to compensate for press gain. Press gain or ink spread is one of the most common causes of poor barcode performance. Bar width reduction is a compensation for press gain Virtually every barcode design software provides for press gain…

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When to Verify

When to verify–the question seems to imply that there are times not to verify, and that is not what I’m suggesting. It is always better to verify than never to, but there are better times and worse times to do it. I know this from personal observation. It is an amazing thing to be invited…

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