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How to Get a Barcode

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Users new to barcoding often ask us how to get a barcode. For your convenience, we’ve outlined the steps below. But first, you have to consider how you will use the barcode. For internal use  If you will only use a barcode to internally track inventory or manage parts on a production line, you can create your own. Simply start ... Read More »

Barcode Symbologies

Barcode Symbologies

Barcode symbologies (also commonly called barcodes) are universally recognized code languages that are standardized by the International Organization for Standards (ISO) so there is a consistent definition of what the bars and spaces mean. Industry trade associations such as ANSI (American National Standards Institute), AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group), and HIBC (Health Industry Barcode Council) regulate certain symbologies, which typically ... Read More »

Linear vs. 2D Barcodes – Which is Right for You?

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When it comes to linear vs. 2D barcodes, do you know which one is right for you? To answer this question, consider how you will use the barcode. For example, will you use barcodes on shipping labels? On produce? At the point of sale? Sometimes you don’t have a choice about which barcode to use because of certain regulations or standards in ... Read More »

Try Zebra ZD500R RFID Printer for Asset Tracking and Item-Level Tagging

ZD500R RFID printer

Zebra Technologies just announced the release of the ZD500R, an RFID printer that is ideal for asset tracking and item-level tagging. This new addition is part of their IoT (Internet of Things) solution offering and is the industry’s first desktop ultra high frequency (UHF) RFID printer. In a news release dated November 12, 2013, Zebra states that, “The ZD500R features ... Read More »

Thermal Transfer Ribbons Now Available at Lower Price

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The thermal transfer ribbon market is becoming increasingly competitive as several new global providers are offering low-cost wax formulations in the United States. What does that mean for businesses like yours? The cost of raw materials is falling, which is forcing manufacturers to lower their prices. We are happy to pass along that savings to you with the introduction of ... Read More »

2D Barcode Symbologies

QR Code 2D Barcode

Do you know what 2D barcode symbologies are? They are two-dimensional barcodes that consist of patterned blocks, circles, and squares that resemble the no-reception static on a TV. Often physically smaller in size than linear barcodes, they contain hundreds of characters of data. Because of their larger storage capacity, 2D barcodes—such as QR code and PDF417—do not require databases. You simply ... Read More »

Meet Nicole Holcomb, the System ID Barcode Label Pro

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When my friends ask me what I do for a living, I find it hard to answer without sounding b-o-r-i-n-g. I never thought I would end up in the world of labels—let alone become a barcode label pro. Yet, a lifetime of labeling that began decades ago led to my present-day career and a philosophy that I like to call, ... Read More »

Meet our barcode experts in the latest SystemID video!

Happy New Year from SystemID! Before journeying forward in 2013, take a moment to meet our team of barcode experts, who are eager to share their 2012 joys with you. Listen as they describe how they got married, where they volunteer, and other fun facts about themselves. We think you’ll enjoy meeting our cast of colorful characters as you stroll through the ... Read More »

Say Goodbye to These Zebra Printers

Zebra recently announced that they are discontinuing two of their best-selling desktop Zebra printers: the 4” TLP/LP 2844 and the 2” TLP/LP 2824 models. These popular printers have had a great run, but Zebra, a leader in the thermal barcoding industry, has decided it’s time for them to go. But, do not worry! There is still time to buy new ... Read More »

Suffering from writer’s cramp?

By Keith Crockett, SystemID Warehouse Solutions Manager We all know that the more information we have, the greater the need for a system to manage it. Manual processes lead to costly mistakes and they do nothing to improve efficiency. Yet many small-to-medium-sized businesses still rely on pen and paper to capture important information. What if there was an easier way ... Read More »