Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Might Think!

If you’ve ever read about experiments that involve making computers recognize cats in photos, then you’ve been introduced to the concept of computer vision. This is a branch of computer science that advances the theoretical understanding of how computers can learn to “see” – or, in other words, recognize specific patterns and objects within images. When these theoretical advances are applied...

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Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Might Think!

If you’ve ever read about experiments that involve making computers recognize cats in photos, then you’ve been introduced to the concept of computer vision. This is a branch of computer science that advances the theoretical understanding of how computers can learn to “see” – or, in other words, recognize specific patterns and objects within images. When these theoretical advances are applied...

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The Next Generation of Barcodes

By Ryan Yost, general manager, Printer Solutions, Avery Dennison There is a “perfect storm” of challenges brewing in the food industry. The increasingly critical need to guarantee food safety, labor issues and growing consumer demand to know the origins of their food are converging to create a pivotal crisis moment for grocery and restaurant businesses. The key is to leverage technology...

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Accurate, High-Volume Labeling - Warming to the Task: Case Study

Thermal Management Provider Integrates Labeling with Software to Improve Supply Chain Performance Since 1916, Modine Manufacturing Company has provided thermal management solutions for a wide variety of applications and markets that include automotive, industrial power and HVAC. Headquartered in Racine, Wisconsin, the company’s 11,200 employees work in operations that span the globe. Modine prides itself on being a customer-focused company delivering exceptional...

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Android App for Mobile Barcode Verification

An app that allows Axicon barcode verifiers to be used on the move with either Android tablets or Android smartphones is now available from Google Play.  Free to use, this app allows anyone with an Axicon 6000, 6500 or 7000 series verifier to use it with an Android device, and record the results as easily as with a PC or...

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Honeywell, The Code Corporation Reach Settlement on Patent Infringement Claims

Code to make lump sum payment, annual royalty to Honeywell to resolve Honeywell’s claims of patent infringement Code also dismisses all claims filed against Honeywell FORT MILL, S.C., Feb. 12, 2018 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that it has reached a settlement with Code Corp., a company that manufactures bar code readers, to settle Honeywell’s claims that Code...

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New York's Spy Museum Opens in Midtown Manhattan Uses RFID To Enhance Experience

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling all spies: Announcing the opening of SPYSCAPE, a truly unique permanent destination that combines three distinct elements: a contemporary museum, an immersive experience, and a journey of personal discovery. SPYSCAPE opens at 10am ET on Friday, February 16. Students (with valid student ID) can reserve free admission online for the opening weekend (February 16-19). IMAGES:...

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Socket Mobile Reports Cordless Barcode Scanning Revenue Grows 14.1 Percent

NEWARK, Calif., Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), a leading innovator of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Full Year Results: Revenue for 2017 was $21.3 million, an increase of 2.4 percent over 2016 revenue of $20.8 million. Cordless barcode scanning revenue...

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Omron Microscan Debuts Duo of Best-In-Class Barcode Readers

Industry-leading barcode reading and machine vision manufacturer Omron Microscan introduces two new industrial code readers: the HS-360X, an ultra-rugged DPM handheld fit for automotive and heavy industrial applications, and the MicroHAWK ID-45, a perfect match for DPM applications in electronics and medical device manufacturing. Renton, WA, February 13, 2018  – Two brand-new, best-in-class barcode readers from Omron Microscan are hitting...

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Datamars Announces Official Approval and Launch of ComfortEar® RFID Products in Canada

 TEMPLE, Texas (PRWEB) February 2018  Datamars North America, a leader in delivering high quality identification and tracking solutions for livestock, is pleased to announce that two additional products have been approved by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency as radio frequency identification (RFID) animal indicators for application to bovine in Canada -- 1) the Temple Tag® ComfortEar® FDX-B tag, 2) the...

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QR Codes for Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be wondering how to pop the question to your significant other. Or, if question-popping is out of the question, you may just be looking for ideas to make it special. Why go for the traditional, when you can go for the technological? MAKE Magazine recently did a write up about Guido...

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Barcode Scanning: What Every Ecommerce Store Needs to Know

By Nick Maglosky, CEO, Ecomdash Part of the beauty of ecommerce is trading in the old ways for newer, more efficient ones. That makes it somewhat surprising, then, that barcode scanners of the past have found a new life in the today’s world. Developed in the late 1960s, barcode scanning was not universally adopted until the 80s, once its usefulness was...

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Project Profile: Bar Code Scanning Tech Improves Processing at Collection Centers

Refuse collection centers play an important role for municipalities, allowing residents to dispose of bulky trash items that may not be eligible for curbside pickup. In addition to providing a necessary service for residents, these sites also help curb illegal dumping. Managing the use of the centers, though, can be a difficult, cumbersome task, especially when use is restricted to...

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RFID At The (POS) Point Of Ski

Exciting new RFID technology has been installed at the Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) to expedite access to the ski lifts.   Skiers are now given a badge, which is embedded with an RFID tag, to carry in an exterior pocket.  When a skier approaches a gate, the RFID badge automatically causes the gate to open, permitting entry to the ski...

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Mobile Barcode Printers are Saving Time and Money

By Charlotte A. F. Farley     Consider the routines of your daily life: program your coffeemaker, push a button to lift the garage door, and make sure you haven’t left your cell phone on the counter. Get to work and complain about the slow internet connection as you dash over to retrieve your barcodes from the printer.   Everything has become increasingly...

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Garden Record-Keeping Web App Uses QR Codes and Smartphones

Over the past decade, Nancy Duffy has built a lovely ornamental garden but has been frustrated for years with her plant tags. “With thousands of plants in my garden it’s hard to remember all the names,” said Nancy. “I walk the garden with my gardening friends and crawl around the ground looking for a tag, which may or may not...

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Ultimate Checklist for Retailers: Physical Inventory Counts

by Karen Wong, ACE POS Solutions Ltd. Physical inventory is the largest asset for many businesses but especially for retailers. For a small retailer with limited resources, how inventory is managed has the greatest impact on cashflow and ultimately profitability. Physical inventory counts are one of the most tedious tasks for a business. They are expensive to run, time-consuming to do and prone to...

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Wearables are the New Black: And Other Trends to Transform Your Supply Chain Process

4 Trends to Transform Your Supply Chain Process in 2018 by Ajay Chidrawar, Vice President, Global Product Management and Customer Success, CGS The latest fashion trends can change in a matter of seconds, so it should come as no surprise that the technology driving the fashion industry is changing as well.  Apparel companies need to stay on top of the...

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Recent Updates to ISO 15416 for Linear Barcodes

Written by John Nachtrieb     Once again we have evidence that the only thing that doesn’t change is change itself. Recently there has been an update to the ISO 15416 specification for 1D or linear barcodes, and it could make a difference in the final verification grade for a barcode. Two recent changes have been made and updated in the ISO...

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Barcode 101: For Retailers

by Inese Kushelman, i3 Point of Sale Barcodes come in many flavors that can serve different purposes. A key to using them is also having the appropriate scanner to read the barcodes that you work with daily. Also, thinking proactively when it comes to barcode scanners. Just because you do not use that type of scanner today, is there a chance...

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The Very First Bar Code Artwork

Bernard Solco's paintings of a 1950's Bullseye barcode & a Data Matrix barcode. circa 1995 There aren’t many people who can actually say that they were the first person to ever do something that no one else has ever done before. There are even less who can say that more than once. Meet Bernard Solco, a New York City based artist...

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Alert: Update Barcode Verifier Software Now

by John Nachtrieb, barcode-test.com   After many months of technical committee deliberations, the ISO committee has released an update to the ISO 15416 Standard. This impacts how 1D barcode verifiers calculate and report grading. The importance of the update derives from the importance of this ISO specification. It’s all about managing the potential risk associated with barcodes that don’t perform as expected...

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Bar Code News Magazine Winter 2018

Our winter Barcode Magazine issue is out! See what all the buzz is about in our latest installment of our popular publication!

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Understanding and Implementing Enterprise Barcode Label Management

By: Doug Niemeyer, TEKLYNX Americas Today, more than ever, companies of all sizes are looking to technology providers and partners to help them meet stringent label requirements and compliance standards while increasing operational efficiency. What many companies don’t realize is that this can be achieved by simplifying their labeling process with enterprise label management (ELM) solutions. Successful ELM implementations require companies to...

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2018 Predictions for Retail & Technology- Blockchain, Alexa, Self-checkout

by Tony Rodriguez, Chief Technology Officer of Digimarc Corporation  Blockchain blows up Best known as the basis for Bitcoin, the stealthy digital currency, blockchain’s distributed ledger technology has value for tracking products throughout the supply chain. With consumer demand for greater product transparency, blockchain has the potential to add an important aspect of traceability to the foods we eat, communicating where they...

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Inventory Control of Liquor

by Bo Ransdell of DCR Point-of-Sale Liquor is big business for restaurants. According to one report, alcohol sales make up 18% - 20% of sales across the industry. The margins on liquor sales are always higher than the relatively slim margins on food sales, so more locations are exploring opportunities in liquor sales (even Shoney’s has a beer menu now!), while...

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World’s Largest RFID Tag Database Helps Users Find What They Need

RFID bar codes have continued to grow in their number of applications across the globe, in a myriad of industries and environments.  RFID tags are being used by both private and public companies, as well as government agencies, to track inventory-- animals (either pets or animals raised for slaughter), tools, jewelry, art, books, linens, food products, even gasoline in the...

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Barcode 101: Where Did Barcode Technology Come From?

By John Nachtrieb of Barcode-Test.com      Like most innovations, barcode technology started with a problem looking for a solution. Unlike a lot of solutions, barcode technology wasn’t possible without the existence of a solution that had not yet found a problem it could solve. That solution was the laser—but I’m getting ahead of myself.  Prototype of Woodland barcode   The nearest thing to a...

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NFC, QR Codes, In-app and beyond

‘Mobile payments’ is a broad term. As the ecosystem has developed, various new technologies have emerged to change the way we act and transact in-store.  This article by André Stoorvogel of Rambus Payments discusses how these technologies are evolving.    Integrating new with the old  Some mobile payment technologies are focused on seamlessly connecting the mobile device to the existing...

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About Selecting the Right Bar Code Font

For any business that utilizes bar code labels in some form, knowing which size of bar code font to use on the labels is important. Much like typeset fonts, bar code fonts vary in size and style and are created for many different uses depending on the type of business that seeks to use them. Some bar code fonts, such...

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Barcoding and RFID in Transportation/Logistics

Tracking is an essential function of shipping goods. RFID tags and barcodes play a pivotal role in secure, effective and accurate tracking. Check out some of the ways that RFID, barcode and other tracking technologies enable transportation and logistics functions.    The Benefits of Deploying a Fleet Tracking System - The number of fleet management systems has been rising over...

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Bar Code Scanning "Case" Taking The Technology Further

While a lot of the attention at NRF this year was on NFC, beacons, and even LIRAD at the Google booth (more on this later), a standout in taking barcode scanning to the next level was Scandit. The Zurich-based company is taking mobile scanning into interesting directions for B2B, B2C, and even B2E (business-to-employee) solutions. The quick takeaway is two-fold:...

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Five Ways RFID Can Benefit Asset Tracking in a Healthcare Setting

Hospital assets, including medical equipment, prescription drugs and, yes, people, are now being tracked and monitored by RFID (radio frequency identification) tags. Whether mounted directly on equipment or integrated into ID badges and pharmaceutical supplies, RFID can provide a fast, secure and cost-effective technology for better healthcare management. Applications are many, but here are five examples of how RFID tags are...

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The Safety Net of an Asset Management System

When you’re a business owner, you can never be too careful with your investments—especially those that are integral to keeping business moving. Fixed assets—the long-term pieces of property used in the production of income—are typically some of the biggest investments on the balance sheet. They include everything from laptops and printers to vehicles and heavy machinery. And if you buy these...

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Pharmaceutical Labeling Bar Codes and More

By Laura Johnson, Loftware Life Sciences Expert Pharmaceutical companies continue to adapt to regulations like the FDA's Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) and 21 CFR Part 11. At the same time, their supply chain needs to operate more efficiently to compete in a growing marketplace. That's why more and more manufacturers are looking at labeling to provide an edge in...

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GS1 US Produces Test Cards to Support Effective Barcode Verification Processes

GS1 US® now offers test cards created with a new, proprietary verification machine called the 1D Judge®. The test cards produced by the 1D Judge will help labeling professionals, packaging engineers, research and development, and quality assurance professionals across all industries test the effectiveness of their barcode verifiers and improve verification reliability. Companies use test cards to challenge the effectiveness of the...

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American Thermal Paper Market Threatened By Exodus of Chinese Chemical Manufacturer

by Rebecca Pfeiffer, Smith-Corona If you are a manufacturer, it is tough to beat the low cost of international raw material sourcing. Countries like China, India, Indonesia, Bolivia, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico are able to offer materials at incredibly low prices because of their low labor and production costs. This is especially true if you are selling a commoditized product, such...

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Barcodes For Industrial and Factory Areas

Sometimes I forget just how far and wide bar code technology has permeated our world.  I don't get onto the floor of a factory or warehouse all that often, but bar code technology IS present and functioning quite well there.   The four companies below have expanded my mind with the barcode and RFID solutions they offer for a variety of...

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Modern Day Patent Trolls and Scandinavian Folklore

From the earliest days of Scandinavian folklore, Trolls have been used to explain diverse everyday experiences such as earthquakes and avalanches (Fjell-Trollet, the Mountain Trolls, stomping their feet), or to provide explanations for bad behavior (i.e. Lange-Nesen, or Long Nose, causes people to gossip), or to excuse fussy babies (the mortal baby was stolen and replaced with a Troll child). The...

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DocuShield: New Technology Builds Security and Efficiency

By Charlotte A. F. Farley    The security risks of digitized documents cause businesses across all industries to spend top dollar ensuring the protection of sensitive information as well as their brand’s authenticity. The quest for a solution to this problem may soon end thanks to the introduction of CognitiveTPG’s “DocuShield” printing technology. Secure thermal technology An on-demand, printing technology, DocuShield enables users...

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Bar Code Quiet Zones Illustrated and Explained

What is a Bar Code Quiet Zone?   This article offers an explanation and illustration and we are grateful to Dennis Hensch at www.autoidsolutions.com for providing it.  (Please allow a few extra seconds for this article to load due to the number of illustrations).   Quiet Zone Requirements Vary by Symbology:  Quiet zones (QZ) are the area around the bar code that must...

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Advantages Of Using Barcodes On Vertical Location Warehouse Rack Labels

By Kristen Howard, Business Development Manager, ID Label Inc. complement to vertical labels, color-coded companion labels are used on all rack levels to minimize errors and improve efficiencies Introduction   With the continuing expansion of warehouses and distribution centers, driven in part by retail e-commerce growth, the essential role of barcode labels to track and manage inventory is more vital than ever. In...

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The Hip Hop World Of Bar Codes - Rap Video Tells It Like It Is

  Just the other week we ran a story on a Gangnam Style bar code video produced by a NJ bar code equipment manufacturer - it was a very popular article.  Now we've learned of another bar code rap video - this one produced by Leif Masella, a Sales and Marketing Specialist - and self-described bar coding freak -  at...

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Bar Code Resources

  There are some great bar code resources on the Internet and here on barcode.com. Our mission at The Bar Code News is to be the "Go-To Site for everything Bar Code™" so we want to make it easy for you to access the best resources out there. Resources will include some of our most popular articles about bar codes, getting...

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2D Bar Codes Enable Better Networking (And Not the IT Kind)

Meet Phil Lindauer. When you click through on the link to his name, you’ll find that he’s created a rather memorable way to present his résumé. Phil uses a video format, talking the viewer through his accomplishments and goals, leaving those who watch with a good idea of his communication style and skill. He links the video to a QR...

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2D Barcodes Evolution and Revolution

In the mid nineties, Symbol Technologies' PDF417 2D symbology emerged as a printable reliable data carrier. 1D symbologies usually store a reference number (record ID/key) which requires a scan to the computer system to get the related record's data. 2D barcodes, on the other hand, can store the record itself within the printed symbology. As a simple example, older travel...

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How To Use The Barcode.com Website

Welcome to the Barcode.com website.  Now in its 9th year, the site remains an outstanding place to find information about various elements of the bar code industry. 

In the definition of the words "bar code", we include QR codes, 2D codes, RFID and areas like the supply chain and the use of bar codes in retail, industrial, field service, supply chain, manufacturing and municipal / governmental areas. 

Since inception, millions of visitors have used us for news, information and bar code resources like printing a bar code, buying a bar code, finding bar code software for your small business or enterprise-wide barcoding for a Fortune 100 company.   

If you want to learn about actual implementations of bar codes in the supply chain or factory automation, visit our Barcode Solutions section.  You'll find ten different categories of implementation, and numerous case studies and success stories in each category.

If you are just getting started with bar codes, you might want to visit our section on Learning About Bar Codes.  There are dozens of informational articles that talk about whether to print your own bar codes or buy them preprinted, or what kind of bar code labels to use, discussions of mobile bar code printers, how to verify a bar code and much more.  

The Barcode.com website has over 4,000 articles - many from top experts in their niches.   We encourage you to use the Search link on the left side to find what you need. "Multi word" searches should be in quotes. 

Barcode.com does not sell any products or services.  We are independently owned and operated and have no ownership in any company, except for the occasional investment in a publicly traded company.  If we feel a product is worthwhile, we will endorse it.  If not, we will say so.   If you need help on an issue, you are welcome to write to us using the Contact link on the Footer menu.  Barcode.com relies on sponsors to stay in business.  Just as with any publishing business we employ writers, graphics people, programmers, accountants, lawyers, marketing people and more.  We hope that you will patronize the sponsors on this site, and that you will let them know you found them here.   Thank you!