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Barcode Basics

  • System ID Barcode FAQs

    System ID 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 ...

  • How to Improve Print Quality

    In the first two parts of this series, you learned how to load labels and ribbon. You are all set to print! You eagerly rush to print your first barco...

  • What is a Barcode Scanner?

    What is a Barcode Scanner?

    Customers new to barcoding typically ask, “What is a barcode scanner?” The answer is simple:  A barcode scanner—also known as a barcode re...

  • What To Do When Barcode Equipment Fails

    We’ve all been there. You’re using your barcode equipment, it is working fine, and then BANG!  It stops working. Whether it was dropped, run-over, or ...

  • How Barcode Tracking Simplifies Supply Chain Management

    How Barcode Tracking Simplifies Supply Chain Management

    Did you know that more than five billion barcodes are scanned every day? It’s true, according to GS1, the Brussels-based nonprofit that maintains inte...

  • How to Purchase a Mobile Computer

    How to Purchase a Mobile Computer

    So, you’ve decided to purchase a mobile computer. Now what? To ensure you buy the right solution for your organization, start by identifying your requ...

Are You Ready for 2D?

System ID and Honeywell are teaming up to educate the readers of this humble blog about 2D barcoding and how it is changing the way people do business. Ready or not, 2D technology is here to stay, and resistance is futile. Read More »

The Top 15 Barcode Printers

Continuing with the theme we started last month with the Top 10 Barcode Scanners, we looked at the top barcode printers over the last 10 years (based on sales). Unlike barcode scanners, there is a bit wider of variation in the types of barcode printers available. Just like it wouldn’t be fair to compare college football teams to NFL teams, ... Read More »

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 either be collected in a batch and processed at a later time or updated real-time via a wireless local area network (WLAN) or wide area network (WAN).  Because of the numerous features available in mobile computers, it can be ... Read More »

How to Pick a Barcode Printer

A barcode’s readability, or scannability, depends on its print quality. There are four different types of print technologies available to print barcodes: Dot Matrix, Inkjet, Laser and Thermal printers. Read More »

How to Pick a Barcode Scanner

Barcode scanners are the most inexpensive and effective way to control assets and inventory. There is little or no training required to use one. Barcode scanners are distinguished by their form factor and their scanning technologies. Read More »

Right Label, Right Product, Every Time

There is a saying in the barcode industry: “it all starts with the label.”  Some barcoding experts have changed that saying to, “it all starts with the right label.”  The reason that barcode systems are implemented is to reduce errors. However, if the wrong label is put on the product, the barcode system now has an inherent flaw. With big ... Read More »

Google Celebrates the Barcode

If you’ve gone to Google today, you’ll notice that their usual logo has been replaced by a barcode. This is to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the first barcode patent. The barcode is actually scannable and it says “Google”. If you have a mobile computer with an imager, go ahead and try to scan it on your computer screen. Read More »

UID Compliance

If you are associated with a government entity, you are probably familiar with the term UID or Unique Item Identifier, but you may wonder why this standard or technology is so important to the Department of Defense (DOD).  When items are labeled or marked with an UID it allows for that item to be placed on the UID Registry.  How ... Read More »

The Barcode’s 35th Birthday

Today, June 26, 2009, the barcode turns 35. The modern barcode began in 1948. Bernard Silver, a graduate student at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, overheard the president of a local food chain asking one of the deans to undertake research to develop a system to automatically read product information during checkout. Silver told his friend Norman Joseph Woodland ... Read More »