[ig_row][ig_column span=”span4″][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]So you’re deciding to get into barcoding. Here is some information and sites to help you on your way to barcoding your products.   What is a Barcode?A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products. Originally, barcodes represented data in the widths (lines) and the spacings of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear or 1D (1 dimensional) barcodes or symbologies. They also come in patterns of squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns within images termed 2D (2 dimensional) matrix codes or symbologies. Although 2D systems use symbols other than bars, they are generally referred to as barcodes as well. Barcodes can be read by optical scanners called barcode readers, or scanned from an image by special software. (Reference “barcode” from Wikipedia)   [/ig_text][ig_image image_file=”http://www.barcodeprint.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/barcodes.jpg” link_type=”no_link” image_container_style=”no-styling” image_alignment=”inherit” image_margin_top=”10″ image_margin_bottom=”10″ image_effect=”no” ][/ig_image][/ig_column][ig_column span=”span4″][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]How do I get barcodes?[/ig_text][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ] Pending on what style/type of barcode you are requiring, for internal use or you have an opportunity to supply to a supermarket chain, there are two distinct sectors in the barcode: General application or Retail barcoding. [/ig_text][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]

General application

Out of around 50 different barcode symbologies avaiable the 2 most popular are Code 39 or Code 128, both these can be a full alpha-numeric barcode for numbering products for using in your own application. Code 128 is a far superior format allowing for more characters per inch of barcode.[/ig_text][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]Retail Barcoding
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GS1 certified barcodes are retail shopping barcodes, ranging from products barcodes, outer carton codes and even pallett labels. These barcodes need to stick to specification sizes and also product verification needs to occur prior to release. A Yearly membership with GS1 will give you a barcode range either small or large quantities.

[/ig_text][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]After you have your company and product codes you can bring those barcode numbers to us to either create the barcodes for you in:

  • Graphic Digital Masters to put into your artwork
  • Printed form on a pre-designed label from a label manufacturer (Overprinting)
  • Printed form on either a blank label supplied by us

You can also purchase a printer from us to print onto your own labels.   [/ig_text][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]GS1 can be contacted on 1300 366 033 or through their website www.gs1au.org    [/ig_text][/ig_column][ig_column span=”span4″][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ] What is a 2D barcode? [/ig_text][ig_text enable_dropcap=”no” disabled_el=”no” ]In 2D barcoding there are approximatly a dozen different symbologies/styles to choose from, the most succesfull is QR Code (as seen in Newspapers and Billboards around the world). QR Code readers are being implemented in Mobile phones for use in ticketing and competions. But where did the QR Code start from?
QR Code is a kind of 2-D (two-dimensional) symbology developed by Denso Wave (a division of Denso Corporation at the time) and released in 1994 with the primary aim of being a symbol that is easily interpreted by scanner equipment.
QR Code (2D Code) contains information in both the vertical and horizontal directions. While conventional bar codes are capable of storing a maximum of approximately 20 digits, QR Code is capable of handling several dozen to several hundred times more information.
QR Code is capable of handling all types of data, such as numeric and alphabetic characters, Kanji, Kana, Hiragana, symbols, binary, and control codes. Up to 7,089 characters can be encoded in one symbol.
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