Bar Coding Standards

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SupplySoft partners with you to optimize your specific warehouse needs based on industry standards. Our years of experience will help us in finding the right solution for your company's current and future needs.

This analysis will include selection of:

  • The right barcode standard to use for your industry and physical conditions
  • Stationary printers for high accuracy barcode printing
  • Portable printers for printing on location
  • Handheld Barcode scanners &. intelligent terminals
  • Forklift mounted scanners &. intelligent terminals
  • Applications and software for printing
SupplySoft offers a turnkey solution for the procurement, configuration, implementation, support and maintenance of such equipment.

Barcode Types, Symbologies and Standards

The type of barcode that should be used may depend on several variables, including the following:

  • Standards and mandates
  • Purpose and use
  • Data encoded
  • Printing and/or decoding methods

There are several different types of barcode standards for different purposes - these are called symbologies. Each type of symbology (or barcode type) is a standard that defines the printed symbol and how a device, such as a barcode scanner, reads and decodes the printed symbol.

If an industry standard has already been established for the intended implementation, the standard should be implemented. If a standard does not exist for the chosen implementation, several symbologies are available to choose from.

Industry standards are usually established when multiple parties or companies are involved in the ID process. The standard is not necessarily the same as the barcode symbology. Barcode standards define how to use the barcode symbology in a particular situation. For example, the two standards to create ISBN barcodes for books and generate ISSN barcodes for periodicals both use EAN-13 to encode data into the barcode, but have different methods depending on the specific ISBN & ISSN standards.

The chart below includes a few established barcode standards and what they are used for:

Established Standard

Purpose

Barcode Symbology

ABC Codabar

blood bank tracking

Codabar

AIAG

automotive item identification

Data Matrix

DOD UID

unique identifier for US Department of Defense

Data Matrix

EAN-8 & EAN-13

items for sale worldwide

UPC/EAN *

EAN-14

shipping cartons

Interleaved 2 of 5 or Code 128

GTIN

global trade identification

Code 128

GTIN-12

global trade identification

UPC *

GTIN-13

global trade identification

EAN *

GTIN-14

global trade identification and POS

GS1-DataBar

ISBN, ISSN & Bookland

books and periodicals

EAN-13 with UPC/EAN

LOGMARS

US Department of Defense

Code 39

MIL-STD-130

US Department of Defense

Data Matrix

POSTNET

US mail

POSTNET

SCC-14

shipping cartons

Interleaved 2 of 5 or Code 128

SISAC

serial numbers for serial publications

Code 128

SICI Code

serial numbers for serial publications

Code 128

ISBT-128

blood, tissue and organ products

Code 128

SSCC-18

shipping cartons

Code 128

USPS Special Services

US mail special services

Code 128

UCC12, UPC-A & UPC-E

items for sale in the USA and Canada

UPC *

USPS Intelligent Mail

USPS mail routing and tracking

4 State

 

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