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What Determines Your Label’s Scanning Distance?

What distance will your label be able to scan from? How will your label size, the length of your barcode, and different materials affect your maximum scanning distance? Who’s going to help you take all these factors into consideration, to create the perfect labels? The Label Experts are here to make working with scanning distance […]

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Label Expert Juan Fishing on a boat

Meet the Label Experts – Juan

“I think the fact that we don’t have an automated phone system, and anyone that calls is getting a human on the other side is a big reason our customers keep coming back to us,” says Product Manager Juan Munoz. “We pride ourselves on our fast response to not only sales inquiries, but to quality issues […]

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Label Expert Mary in front of ancient ruins

Meet the Label Experts – Mary

You might think with a skill level as high as Mary’s that she’s never far away from her desk. But she’s not afraid to leave the comfort of home. In fact, Mary jets off to at least one domestic and several international adventures every year. As an archaeology buff, she prides herself in having soaked […]

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Assorted laboratory vials with barcodes, QR codes, and Data matrix codes

How Will Barcodes Work in My Laboratory?

Your inventory data is sacred; it should never be adjusted or compromised in order to fit in a barcode. Nonetheless, variables like surface area and number of characters in your data can influence the way they’re applied to your samples and equipment. That’s why we ask questions first before preparing your order; ensuring barcodes are the […]

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Barcode with red scanning laser

Why Should I Scan My Barcodes Before I Buy Them?

Are you sending us barcodes to print? We generally advise all of our customers to scan their proofs! Some customers have trouble properly scanning and approving their barcodes before placing an order, causing some mix up between the specifications and what we create. Don’t worry, there’s an easy solution and plenty of ways to do […]

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Figure of Joseph Woodland Bullseye barcode

Early Barcodes – A Brief History of How Barcodes Changed Our Lives

There’s some misconception that the retail UPC barcode was the very first barcode. Actually, the FIRST BARCODE SYMBOLOGY was round and wasn’t officially called a barcode when it was invented. It looked like a bull’s eye target because it was a series of concentric circles designed to be scanned from any direction; it came to […]

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Diagram of pdf417 barcode

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 barcode

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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Unserviceable barcode label with no Quiet Zone

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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white label with data matrix code affixed to a cement wall

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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