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Everything You Need to Know About Barcode Scanners (Infographic)

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Nearly everyone everywhere has seen a barcode today. Barcode’s have revolutionized the way we package and transport merchandise. A barcode, by Investopedia.com’s definition, is a graphical representation of a product’s identifying information formed by two-dimensional pattern of black and white stripes. They are used to automate the transfer of product information from the product to an electronic system, or cash ... Read More »

Direct Thermal Printing Costs Less, Best for Short-Term Use

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Direct thermal printing is broadly used by a number of industries to create barcode labels for multiple applications. Like thermal transfer printing, it uses heat generated from a print head to create an image. However, direct thermal printing differs from thermal transfer in that it doesn’t use ribbons, ink, or toner to print images on labels. How does direct thermal ... Read More »

System ID Barcode FAQs

Barcode FAQs

Have a question about barcoding? See our list of barcode FAQs below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, try our System ID Barcode Glossary. Barcode Basics What is a barcode? A barcode is a series of bars, blocks, and white spaces that represent numbers and letters. Those numbers and letters contain data, such as part and SKU numbers, ... Read More »

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 »

System ID Barcode Glossary

Barcode Glossary

New to barcoding? The System ID Barcode Glossary contains terms specific to the automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) and barcode industries. Refer to it when you aren’t sure of a word’s meaning or need general information about barcodes. glossary Term Description 1D Barcode See Linear Barcode. 2D Barcode A square or rectangular pattern of squares, blocks, and lines that represent alphanumeric data. ... 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 »

What is a Barcode?

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Companies new to barcoding often ask, “What is a barcode?” While people broadly use this term to describe any sort of data capture method or technology like 2D or RFID, a barcode is actually a series of bars, blocks, and white spaces that represent numbers and letters. Those numbers and letters contain data, such as part and SKU numbers, shipping addresses, ... 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 »

Linear Barcode Symbologies

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Linear barcode symbologies—such as UPC, EAN, and GS1-128—are one-dimensional barcodes that contain a sequence of vertical black bars and white spaces that define a set of numbers or letters. Because of their limited storage space of 85 characters, these barcodes are used to retrieve information stored in a database unlike 2D barcodes, which store information in the code. Similar to a ... Read More »

2D Barcode Symbologies

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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 »