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”…

Bar Codes on Corrugated

It is a widely accepted fact that printing bar codes on corrugated is a challenge. TAPPI and other trade groups recognize that the verification grade is seldom better than ANSI D (ISO 0.5-2.3) due to the low reflectance value of the bare kraft substrate. There is very little that can be done to improve this,…

Verify the Whole Printing Process

Most people think of verification as something that is done during the on-press part of the printing process. What a shame this sort of thinking is. Consider that there are two major steps in the printing process: pre-press and on-press. Pre-press is the Error Prevention step. On-press is the Error Detection step. Verify the whole…