Your Barcode Doesn’t Scan: Why?

When your barcode doesn’t scan, it is like falling off an emotional cliff. With no information other than the deafening silence of no “beep”, how do you determine what’s wrong? The obvious answer is to use a verifier. Usually—but not always—when a scanner cannot decode a barcode, a verifier can. This is because a verifier…

Verifying PDF and JPG Barcode Files

Our barcode test lab has historically recommended that clients send us actual barcode samples in their final form. We would get labels, packages, subassemblies, component parts of machines and devices, aluminum soda cans, surgical devices, medical supplies—even the occasional bottle of wine or distilled spirits. We did this because the best way to anticipate whether…

How important is Drug Labeling in Health Care Delivery?

Barcodes In Healthcare In a study published in the journal Anesthesiology in which researchers examined surgical procedures at Massachusetts General Hospital during 2013—2014, it was found that almost half of those surgeries involved a drug dosing mishap. Over one-third of them caused patent injury including three life-threatening mistakes, although no deaths actually resulted. Operating rooms…

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…