Isn’t Barcode Verification Obsolete? A Case History

Scanners are increasingly better at reading low quality barcodes. Barcode printing has also improved: higher resolution, better control over line width and gain. Haven’t these advancements finally rendered barcode verification an expensive and redundant waste? Consider a current case history. Company XYZ (name changed to protect identity) distributes clothing using offshore contract manufacturers. They utilize…

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QR Code Update

I love QR Code—probably not for the same reason you do. It is a rich resource for incredibly creative, incredibly terrible barcodes. In the barcode testing business, that translates into fun. Here is a small sampling of hundreds of breathtakingly bad QR Codes we have found in the past few months, with some help from…

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DPM Barcode Verification

Direct Part Mark or DPM barcodes pose a special set of challenges for verification. As the name implies, DPM barcodes are imaged directly onto a (usually) metal substrate using a variety of marking techniques. This alone presents challenges since both the method of marking can vary and the substrate can also vary. Added to that…

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2D Symbol Verification

Those of you who are familiar with 1D barcode verification will be familiar with some of the ISO parameters in 2D verification, but there are also some aspects that will be very unfamiliar. These differences are even greater than one might think considering that 2D symbols can be printed in two very different ways.  2D symbols…

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Barcode Verification is Obsolete

Apologies for the hyperbolic title—I must have gotten caught up in all the election year sensationalism. However, this is a statement of belief we in the barcode quality community increasingly hear. It is driven by several factors but the availability of very aggressive scanners is the most often cited. “It stands to reason,” say the…

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