Barcode Labeling Terms You Should Know
by Maureen Perroni, on October 12, 2016
Barcode labels are crucial for keeping supply chains moving and products properly identified. However, business needs aren't universal. Every manufacturer has different standards, and they all require a solution that helps them deal with this complexity.
For businesses that are considering barcode labeling software to improve their efficiency, it is important to understand some of the terminology associated with this technology.
- ASCII: The American Standard Code for Information Interchange, which is used to exchange information between equipment and communication systems.
- Barcode Density: The number of characters that can be printed per square inch. Higher density barcodes can contain more information.
- Clear Area: Also known as the "quiet zone," this is the blank space that proceeds the start of a barcode and immediately follows the end. It is at least ten times as wide as the narrowest element of the code.
- DPI: Stands for "dots per inch." Used to measure the resolution of images created by laser printers.
- FRR: First read rate, a term that refers to how often a barcode can be scanned properly the first time. The more attempts it takes to get a successful read, the worse the ratio.
- Start Code: The pattern of bars that signals the beginning of the code and indicates the direction in which it should be read.
- Stop Code: The pattern of bars that signals the end of a code.
Businesses need a system of barcode labeling that they understand, and that works for them. An Enterprise Labeling Solution ensures that labels are accurate and based on a single source of truth, avoiding serious errors. By using on-demand, universal templates, businesses can adjust their label designs as needed.
For more on barcodes and Enterprise Labeling check out the industry report from VDC Research and Loftware.