DotCode: A Real Solution to a Real Problem

AIM Incorporated, the trade association for the AIDC industry, has released the revised International Symbology Standard for DotCode. In their announcement, AIM described DotCode as follows: “DotCode is a public domain optical data carrier designed to be reliably readable when printed by high-speed inkjet or laser dot technologies.  With this standard, real time data like expiration…

Barcode Verification: The Controversy

As a company that champions barcode quality, we encounter two types of groups: those who agree with us that barcode quality is important, and those who don’t. There is a range of conviction in each group: at the low end, those who agree—let’s call them advocates—test their barcodes somewhat grudgingly to “play it safe”. High…

Barcode Data Structure

It used to be that barcode quality was all about print quality. Even today, print quality is the only issue addressed by the ISO specifications for 1D and 2D barcodes. But as barcodes have been adopted into more industries and usages, the way the data is encoded has become another important barcode quality consideration. Data…

UDI Barcode Structure

As the FDA rule rolls out, there is a lot of confusion about the UDI barcode. What is required? Where must it be shown? How is it structured? For reasons we don’t completely understand, it is very difficult finding answers to these very basic questions. The UDI or Unique Device Identification is, as the name…

Verifying Barcodes on Corrugated

   Most barcode printing situations are pretty much the same, but printing barcodes on corrugated is highly specialized, and it brings special requirements both to barcode quality and the equipment required to test and grade it. The corrugated environment is so challenging for barcode printing, a symbology was invented specifically for it: the Interleaved Two…