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PDF417 Barcodes

PDF417 is one of the four most popular two dimensional barcodes to be developed; it was created in 1992 by Symbol Technologies, a leading manufacturer of barcode scanners at the time.  (The other three common 2D codes are QR Code, DataMatrix and MaxiCode; there were several others developed between 1988 and 1995 but they just […]

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Interleaved 2 of 5

The Interleaved 2 of 5 barcode is often an overlooked and yet important symbology used in the shipping and warehouse industries. Typically it is printed in low density to make it easy to scan or “read,” but it really is a high-density, numbers-only barcode developed in 1972 by David Allais, a leader in barcode design and […]

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Why are Quiet Zones So Important?

Here is another use for that #2 pencil… by just using a pencil you can test to see if your barcodes are accurate enough to be scanned properly! First off, what is a Quiet Zone? This is a blank area or margin on either end of a lineal barcode (such as Code 39 and Code […]

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2D Barcode

Don’t Hesitate – It’s Time to 2D

2D, or not 2D, that is the question— Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outdated linear Or to take arms against a sea of bars, And by opposing thus end them? 2D, to 1D— No more; and by 2D to say we end The problems and the thousand […]

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Behind the Bars

All the technology we are so utterly surrounded by these days can still be as unfamiliar to us as a language we have never heard before. Barcodes, for example – we all see them every day whether we are aware of it or not. They are everywhere, but DID YOU KNOW there are many different […]

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There’s more to writing a book than words…

More than likely when you first started writing your book, you had no idea of how complicated it can get trying to get a book published. Besides deciding on a subject and making sure that what you have to say is really readable and interesting, how many copies will you want to have printed? Have […]

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Barcode Jack-O-Lantern

QR Gourd – Carvin’ For Our Community

We’ll admit it―again―we’re barcode NERDS. When you work with labels and barcodes every day, you start to think about them in your sleep. What can we do with them? What makes them appealing to customers? In what sort of unusual applications are people using them? Last week as some of our employees were carving pumpkins […]

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MaxiCode – A Freight Company’s Best Friend

Recently we wrote about how easy some barcodes are to “read.” Well that is not always the case – especially when it comes to the newer generation of two-dimensional (2D) barcodes. When most people think of a barcode, they picture a white label with numerous black vertical lines that look like a picked fence―an example […]

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You Can Learn to Read Barcode!

We are nerds and we know it. We eat, sleep, joke about and critique barcode labels all the time, here at EIM. One of us even owns a pair of barcode label cufflinks. He was busted wearing them at one of our holiday parties. We know, we know. Pathetic. What’s good about our nerdiness, however, […]

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