Bar coded labels come in white standard Maxscan, a clear polypropylene ultra removable face adhesive, and a white thermal vinyl stock. The "Design Center" lets you upload your custom label artwork and choose your barcode type. The custom barcode labels are available in standard or weatherproof finish.
Applications: The standard bar code printed on retail merchandise. The UPC is read by passing the bar code over a scanner at checkout counters in supermarkets and retail stores.
Characteristics & Limitations: The UPC has only numerals, with no letters or other characters. The last digit R is an error correcting check digit, allowing some errors in scanning or manual entry to be detected. The UPC on a product typically appears adjacent to its bar code, the machine-readable representation of the UPC. The first six digits of the UPC are the vendor’s unique identification number. The next five digits are the product’s unique reference number that identifies the product within any one vendor’s line of products. The last number is called the check digit that is used to verify that the UPC for that specific product is correct.
Code 3 of 9
Applications: Parts identification (e.g. automotive)
Characteristics & Limitations: Alphanumeric; reads bars only; check digit available; variable length; high-reliability scanning; low to medium information density.
Interleaved Code 2 of 5
Applications: Inventory control and warehousing (e.g. electronics)
Characteristics & Limitations: Self-checking; reads bars and spaces; check digit available; requires accurate printing; variable length; numeric only; high-reliability scanning; must have even number of digits.
Applications: Tracking and tracing (e.g. shipping companies)
Characteristics & Limitations: Reads bars only; no check digit; requires accurate printing; numeric only; requires large barcode area; large size for remote scanning.
Applications: Sophisticated tracking and tracing (e.g. hospitals)
Characteristics & Limitations: Highest information density; alphanumeric; reads bars and spaces; check digit available; variable length, complex coding can lead to data entry errors.