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Barcode Verification is testing the quality of a printed barcode using an instrument that measures the lines and spaces and reports the quality in a clear and detailed scale – it also is used to detail what needs to be done to fix and improve the barcode quality if things have gone wrong!

During this process barcodes need to be checked to ensure they comply with the barcode standards set by the International Standards Organization (ISO) as well as those set by regional organizations like the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and the European Committee for Normalization (CEN).

8 Steps to Design a Barcode Label

Ever felt overwhelmed by the simple choice of a label? You’re not alone. Labels are silent heroes, crucial to any system’s smooth operation. Yet, their selection often falls to the bottom of the priority list, leading to last-minute, less-than-ideal choices.

Why This eBook Is a Must-Read:

  • Realize why the right label is more than just a sticker; it’s the heartbeat of successful tracking and identification.
  • Learn with ease as we break down technical jargon into your everyday language, guiding you through the maze of materials and methods.
  • Feel the confidence of insider knowledge, empowering you to make the perfect choice for your unique needs.

Don’t let confusion cloud your decision. Grab this chance to benefit from industry secrets, turning the often overlooked into a surefire asset. It’s all about making your life easier, one label at a time.

The 8 Most Common Mistakes When Printing Barcodes

Imagine a world where every barcode does exactly what it should: streamline your process, speed up transactions, and hold the key to flawless logistics. Now picture the opposite – a small barcode mishap turning into a logistical nightmare. Unscanned codes can ripple into delayed shipments, halted production, or even the dreaded full consignment rejection.

Don’t Miss Out: Discover Why This Guide is Crucial!

  • Discover the surprisingly simple mistakes that can cost big bucks.
  • Understand how a minor printing error can escalate into major mayhem.
  • Empower yourself with knowledge to keep your operations running smoothly, from checkout counters to sprawling supply chains.

We’re here to help you sidestep the pitfalls and navigate towards consistently perfect barcodes. Because your peace of mind is worth getting every tiny detail right.

Mastering the Art of Interim Verification Reports

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In retail’s fast-paced world, barcodes drive efficiency, but accuracy is key. Discover how to master interim verification reports and avoid costly mistakes.

  • Save Costs: Prevent costly mistakes in barcode verification.
  • Boost Efficiency: Streamline your product’s journey into retail.
  • Get Expert Guidance: Ensure accurate barcode submissions.

Acceptable Colour Combinations for Printing Barcodes

Using Colours in the printing of Barcodes can have disastrous results.

Barcode scanners use an infrared light source and therefore they see colours differently to humans – reds for example appear as white, so considerations must be made when using colours other than Black and White for printed barcodes.

Likewise, using backgrounds other than white will also reduce the symbol’s contrast (visibility) and must only be used with care.

Axicon Verifiers can gauge the use of colours prior to them being used to ensure they will be effective – saving you both time and money!

Omni Scan Vs Truncation difference

The above example shows a true-size EAN13 barcode above the same code that is truncated. For the barcode to read just one of the scan lines needs to cut all the lines within the code – note how this does not happen in the truncated code!

The Cost of Truncating your Barcode from its Correct Sizing

The term used when a barcode has been reduced in height from its correct height-to-width ratio is called truncation.

This practice can occur when a barcode is altered to “fit”  into an available restricted height position within a label area – while maintaining its original width.

Barcodes used on retail goods must meet certain specifications so the code will read correctly the first time, every time. Altering barcode height creates significant issues with some scanning equipment; (such as omnidirectional scanners) and may lead to your products being rejected.

Truncating barcodes should be avoided as supermarket scanners will have difficulty reading them, the first time every time, and it will draw attention to the product’s incorrect barcode design.

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Always ensure that your barcode has a quiet zone that adheres to the required specifications. This practice not only enhances the functionality of your barcodes but also supports seamless operations in supply chain management and retail environments.

By prioritizing the correct implementation of quiet zones in your barcode design, you safeguard the reliability and efficiency of your barcode systems, ultimately supporting smoother transactions and logistics.

Understanding the Importance of Quiet Zones in Barcode Printing

In barcode technology, the quiet zone is crucial for ensuring accurate scans and preventing reading errors. This space, also known as the clear area, surrounds the barcode and is free from any marks, text, or graphics.

Here’s why maintaining an adequate quiet zone is essential:

  1. Prevents Misreads: The quiet zone signals the beginning and end of the barcode to the scanner. Insufficient quiet zone space can lead to misreads or failure to read the barcode altogether because the scanner cannot correctly identify where the barcode starts and ends.
  2. Ensures Accuracy: A well-maintained quiet zone ensures that the barcode scanner reads the data encoded in the barcode accurately. Without this clear space, scanners might interpret surrounding graphics or text as part of the barcode data, leading to incorrect readings.
  3. Compliance with Standards: Most industry standards dictate specific requirements for quiet zones to guarantee uniformity and efficiency in barcode scanning across different systems and environments. Failing to comply with these standards can lead to compliance issues and operational disruptions.
  4. Enhances Barcode Integrity: A clear and unobstructed quiet zone enhances the integrity of the printed barcode, ensuring it is scannable throughout its lifecycle, regardless of the handling and conditions it may undergo.