Big Changes in Barcode Scanning Technology: New VDC Research Report

VDC Research, a leading technology market analyst form which specializes in barcode and other auto-id technologies, published a new report today (October 1, 2013). The report claims that barcode scanning is changing from old laser technology to new  camera/software technology; the report further claims that this will transform barcodes from a low-tech, mature technology into…

Eight Simple Barcode Mistakes

Just because these barcode mistakes are simple does not mean they are obvious—many of them are subtle—so subtle that some verifiers don’t detect them. Barcode mistakes fall into two broad categories: design errors and printing errors. Neither is more important than the other. Perfect printing cannot overcome flawed design, but neither can perfect design overcome…

The Expanding Use of Barcodes

It took over twenty years from the issuance of Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland’s patent for a printed barcode pattern (1952), for the grocery industry to recognize and adopt the technology (1973). It took another four years (1977) before scanners started appearing in grocery stores in any significant number–if about 200 store is considered a…

How to Check Barcode Quality

Barcodes are everywhere. Today there are barcodes on medications, patient wristbands, airline boarding passes and luggage tags, manufacturing sub-assemblies such a circuit boards and components, automotive parts, documents and files in law offices and medical practices, tickets to movies, concerts and sports events—just about everywhere. When this technology was new, you could only find barcodes…

The Dangers of an Old Verifier

Verifiers are expensive. Sometimes companies are reluctant to invest the money and once they finally do, they are reluctant to let go of an old verifier that still works. But sometimes an old verifier that works is worse than one that does not work. Here are some reasons why. “Working” is one thing; “functioning properly”…