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Barcode Basics

  • How to Get a Barcode

    How to Get a Barcode

    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 yo...

  • The Fundamentals of Inventory Control

    On July 21, 2011, System ID hosted “The Fundamentals of Inventory Control” webinar. This webinar teaches you all about inventory control and its benef...

  • 5 Things To Consider Before Selecting a Custom Barcode Label

    You know you need barcode labels, but you’re not seeing what you need in the list of stocked labels. Perhaps you have a special size or shape in mind....

  • Types of Barcode Scanners

    Types of Barcode Scanners

    There are several types of barcode scanners with a wide variety of features that benefit specific environments, applications, and industries. Each sca...

  • How to Load Ribbons in a Barcode Printer

    You learned in our first post of this series how to load labels into your barcode printer. Now, if you are using thermal transfer labels, you will nee...

  • How to Pick a Mobile Computer

    Mobile computers and data collection terminals are hand held computers that provide mobility and portability while capturing barcode data. Data can ei...

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?

upc barcode

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?

System ID Identifier

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 »

Meet Jamie Duerksen, the System ID Barcode Printing Pro

printing pro

When I joined System ID in 2011, I never dreamt I would become the company’s barcode printing pro! After all, my life-long dream was to become an educator, working with elementary school children in my hometown of Plano, Texas. How, then, did I land at System ID—the one-stop shop for everything barcodes—and earn the title of Product Manager for Custom Labels ... Read More »

Linear Barcode Symbologies

Code 128 Barcode

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

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

System ID Label Pro

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 »

Top 10 Reasons to Use 2D Barcodes

The Datalogic Gryphon 4400 scanner is a popular choice for reading 2D barcodes. Rugged and reliable, this general purpose scanner effortlessly handles a wide range of applications.

So, you’ve been thinking about switching to 2D barcodes but haven’t quite convinced yourself to pull the trigger? We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 reasons to use 2D barcodes instead of linear ones. Did your favorite reason make the list? Let us know! 1. You can read damaged barcodes. 2D barcodes use error-protection formulas that keep information intact ... Read More »