Choosing the right barcode is very much important

Posted by : admin | On : January 31, 2016

Though barcodes are not new to the world as they have been used across different industries and for different products, one needs to be very much careful about choosing a particular barcode type as the way to success is closely related to it. Before you pick any particular barcode scanner or barcode software, it is very much necessary to gain information about the different types of barcodes. There are primarily two types of barcodes – 1) 1 dimensional (1D), or linear barcodes, and 2 dimensional (2D) barcodes.

At prima facie, it gets clear that 2D barcodes have the capability of strong more data compared to 1D barcodes. Two-dimensional (2D) barcodes are generally given in various patterns such as squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns. A 2D barcode can store a relatively higher amount of data compared to a 1D barcode. A single 2D barcode, the size of a large postage stamp, can store thousands of alphanumeric characters. This feature makes them more beneficial as compared to 1D. 2D barcodes can also be easily and accurately scanned.

Reading Capability

Similar to barcodes, barcode software or scanners are also categorized as 1D and 2D barcode scanners. If you’re using a 1D barcode scanner, it can’t read 2D barcodes. But 2D barcodes can scan both 1D and 2D barcodes. Among the 2D barcodes currently being used, the most popular ones are Aztec, PDF417, Intelligent Mail, Data Matrix, QR Code and MaxiCode. A 2D barcode scanner can read all these barcode types along with linear barcodes, such as Code 128, UPC, EAN, and Code 39.

Aztec: In Aztec barcodes, data is typically encoded into a two-dimensional pictogram in concentric square rings around the bulls-eye pattern. These barcodes can store up to 1914 bytes and don’t need any quiet zone beyond the limits of the symbol.

PDF417: Nowadays, PDF417 is used in a great array of applications, including logistics & transportation, retailing, healthcare, government, identification, and manufacturing.

Intelligent Mail: It is used by domestic mail delivery in the United States. Besides enhanced information and functionality, its other benefits include improvised deliverability, new services and increased overall efficiency.

Data Matrix: The most popular application for Data Matrix is marking small items, as it can store thousands of characters within a very small space. Data Matrix resists printing defects and has a high degree of redundancy.

QR Code: Quick Response (QR) is one of the most popular 2D barcodes. Although initially used for tracking parts in vehicle manufacturing, today they are used in a much broader context. QR codes can be seen on everything from magazine articles, product labels, billboards, and gravestones.

MaxiCode: It is a public domain, machine-readable symbol system originally created and used by United Parcel Service and is most suitable for tracking and managing the shipment of packages.

Code 128: It is a very high-density barcode symbology. Its special version, GS1-128 is used extensively in shipping and packaging industries throughout the world.

UPC: This is widely used in US and Canada for tracking trade items in stores.

EAN: The European Article Number (EAN) was developed as a superset of UPC. It is generally used on magazines and periodicals.

Code 39: Code 39 is majorly used and can be decoded with almost any barcode reader.