The Benefits of In-Line Verification

If you print barcodes on a thermal or thermal transfer printer, consider the benefits to in-line verification. If you already understand the importance of barcode verification, inline verification can make a big difference—and if you are not already verifying your barcodes, you will soon find out how expensive and destructive one barcode quality problem can be…

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…

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…

My Barcode Does Not Scan–Why?

Your barcode does not scan. Whomever it was that notified you, however and whenever the bad news arrived, it is a stressful surprise.  What happened? What do I do next? Scanners—especially imager scanners, are very aggressive and tolerant of bad barcodes.  Older laser scanners are less forgiving. The first thing to do is get live…

Barcode 201: How do Barcodes Work?

How Do Barcodes Work? If you refer to all barcodes as UPC’s, this article won’t be interesting to you. But if you know that all barcodes are not UPC’s, it may interest you to know that different symbologies encode the data very differently, and I’m not talking about how the data itself is arranged: that’s…

Ten Most Common Thermal Printing Barcode Problems and How to Prevent Them

The use of thermal and thermal transfer printing continues to rise and many if not most of those labels include barcodes—thermal is a great technology for barcodes, especially variable or one-at-a-time label printing. Robust, industrial grade thermal printers perform well in less than pristine environments such as warehouses, packaging companies and shipping departments. But heavy…