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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 »

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 »

Choosing the Right Barcode

There are hundreds of different kinds of barcodes out there. Choosing the right one to use can be a daunting task. In this blog, we’ll explain the most common barcode symbologies. So you will be better equipped to choose the best one for your application. 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 »