Barcode FAQs

Check out some of our most frequently asked questions about barcode scanning technology. Since 1998, we’ve helped companies add the power of barcodes to their businesses. We can help you too!

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FAQs on Barcoding Systems and Barcoding Technology

An option for obtaining a barcode is to register with GS1 (the Uniform Code Council). Once you have registered, you will be supplied with a unique EAN-UCC Company prefix that allows you to build barcodes. To register, visit their website and fill out their online application. The entire process will take about five business days.

If you are trying to release a CD independent of a record label, you will have to obtain a unique EAN.UCC Company prefix. Visit the GS1 (Uniform Code Council) website and fill out an online application. The entire process will take about five business days. Once you’ve received your unique prefix, Barcoding, Inc. can help set you up with the software and hardware necessary to print the labels for your items.

While most of today’s barcode scanners have advanced technology, using other colors for barcodes aside from the normal black bar on a white background is highly discouraged. Though they may work when you test them with your scanner, other scanners may not be able to pick up on the different color variations, especially lower-end CCD and laser scanners. It is best to stick with the standard black-on-white barcode label.

Many people want to save on costs by printing out labels on their existing laser or inkjet printer. While this can work, it usually causes a lot of problems. When you print barcode labels using a laser printer, you have to print an entire sheet at a time. So, when you only need one label, you still have to run an entire sheet. With a desktop barcode printer, you can print yourself one label, 100 labels or 1,000 labels with the click of a button. To learn more, contact our labeling & printing team for a free consultation.

Unique Identification (UID) is a mandate issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) which requires all contracts, deliverables and government property in possession of contractors to be marked with a unique identification number.

A UID is essentially a 2-D data matrix symbol. This matrix comprises data which is scanned and interpreted into three main parts: CAGE Code, Serial Number and Part Number. These three parts together make a unique serialized identification number for items which the DoD will use for lifecycle management.

Items, labels and data plates can be directly marked with a 2-D data matrix code. This matrix can be encoded by laser mark, chemical etch, dot peen, or ink jet. Information is scanned, read and translated for efficient data tracking.

First, all contracts, deliverables and government property in possession of contractors must be marked with a 2-D data matrix code. This is accomplished by durable polyester, laser mark, chemical etch, dot peen or ink jet. Then, confirm that the markings meet printing or marking specifications and quality.

After you have confirmed that all standards have been met, the next step is to meet standards for syntax and formatting. When the item is ready to be received, it must be scanned and tracked for accuracy. All UIDs meeting requirements are then tracked to the item-specific location for reporting. The final step is to register. A submission of UID data to the UID Registry and Wide Area WorkFlow (WAWF) is required.

For all additional questions, contact Barcoding, Inc.

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