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A Brief Guide to Bar Code Printing

Last Updated: 4/1/2014

Bar coding is an automatic identification and data collection technology commonly referred to as Auto ID. The most visible and familiar bar codes are the ones found in retail and grocery stores. These bar codes (parallel, adjacent bars) are found on many product labels or printed on the products themselves.

Auto ID technology has been in use for more than 30 years especially with shipping/receiving, warehousing and manufacturing companies.

As technology advanced to where the personal computer has become the indispensable tool for business operations Auto ID technology has gained global acceptance to provide immediate and accurate data collection.

Over the years many industries have development standards to ensure product identification and compliance within their respective industry such as HIBCC (Healthcare), HAZMAT (Chemical), POSTNET (Postal) and AIAG (Automotive).

What are the Advantages of Bar Coding?

Improved Data Accuracy
Bar coding provides virtually perfect data accuracy versus manual data entry. Studies have shown manual keying of data has an error rate of 1 error for every 300 characters entered versus 99% accuracy with integrated bar coding systems.

Faster Data Input and Handling
Data moves directly, and immediately, to a computer or other device for processing and storage.

Cost Benefits
Better customer service, capital and inventory management, faster response times, lower equipment and labor costs.

A wide variety of bar code equipment, label materials and experienced companies are available to assist in implementing Auto ID systems.

Bar Code Applications

There are many industries and applications utilizing bar coding technology.
The following industries are just a few that have implemented bar coding technology:
  • Healthcare
  • Compliance Labeling
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Shipping and Receiving
  • Ticketing
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Retail and Grocery Stores
  • Supply Chain Management
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