Barcode Quality: What’s the Problem?

Barcode quality has been the primary topic of discussion these past months. It’s important to may industries in a  wide variety of applications. What about you out there in the trenches? Barcode quality problems: What’s your Experience? Barcode quality is a multi-step procedure. For example, in the retail channel every step in the process, from getting the GTIN number…

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Modulation and Decodability

Modulation and decodability are easy to understand if you are familiar with the Scan Reflectance Profile or SRP. This is discussed in previous articles in this blog. The Scan Reflectance Profile is a powerful diagnostic tool for gauging what is going on with a barcode symbol. The SRP makes it easier to talk about reflectivity attributes…

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Edges: Bar and Space Transitions

As we’ve said before, barcode scanners work based on reflectivity and contrast. The messages encoded in linear barcodes are decoded on the basis of the scanner’s ability to detect reflective and contrast differences. In a pattern of lines and spaces, these critical differences are demarked by the edges—the places where the bar ends and the…

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Minimum Reflectance and Symbol Contrast

Minimum Reflectance and Symbol Contrast are tested by taking reflectance readings from the symbol—specifically the maximum reflectance value and the minimum reflectance value, and applying a calculation to those values. Minimum Reflectance is a Pass/Fail parameter A barcode image must have a minimum amount of reflective difference between the barcode and the background for the…

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