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Why quality barcode-printing matters

The marking icon looks simple enough – a series of lines or other shapes often printed in black. Any shopper in the self-checkout line knows the frustration of a universal product code (UPC) that won’t scan.

Now, consider the global supply chain, UPS, FedEx, or Amazon. Codes that fail to scan result in lost time, production, and money.

It may mean the delivery of your package may end up delayed. When placing that 11th-hour-holiday gift, remember that the barcode helps get you that package on time.

Barcodes must be printed consistently.

Achieving a high-quality barcode depends on a combination of factors: printing resolution, ink and contrast, the substrate, the printing environment, and the barcode design. One or more may contribute to a barcode that won’t scan.

How is barcode-quality maintained

Peter Drucker, the sage management thinker and consultant, said, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.”

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). External Link. Opens in new window. established barcode standards in partnership with the Uniform Code Council in 1990. At first, these standards differed from standards in Europe.

Now there are unified standards for two types of symbols.

To further achieve barcode quality, other organizations created their unique standards. The pharmaceutical industry, military, and air-transport companies all have quality standards.

Cr. Kao Collins

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