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Barcode Verification and Validation

We take the ubiquitous barcode for granted, but it is pretty worthless if it will not read or scan properly. Naturally we assume that a simple scan will give us all we need to know about the barcoded product, but this assumption can be false.

Much depends upon the scanner of course, but not all of it, some scanners have technology that enables them to scan and read even poorly printed barcodes; that doesn’t mean your customer will be able to scan the barcode though.

Digitally printed custom labels

Printing has come a long way and today there can be little excuse for a for quality printed label, indeed it is an old saying but it still holds good today, an image is worth a thousand words. To get that quality image it is necessary to have good print and it is just the same when designing the label.

The advantages of over-laminated labels

Before over-laminated labels were commonly available, company owners and managers found themselves wasting time and money replacing barcode labels that had become damaged or simply disintegrated or faded and unreadable. This can mean that time is lost by being unable to read the label and can mean that valuable employees time is wasted.

Today we can provide labels from a variety of materials that are capable of withstanding the harshest of conditions including being frozen down to extreme temperatures referred to as cryogenic.

QR code your marketing friend

The QR code was devised in 1994 and it is something which is being seen more and more on labels, documents even phone apps for example. The QR Code is capable of encoding more than 7,000 characters in a single symbol, whereas a single bar code symbol typically stores around 20 digits and we know that if the QR code was to encode the same as a barcode, 20 digits, it would be only one tenth of the size of the bar code.

Barcode labels and some of their different uses

Barcodes are not necessarily just for swiping at the grocery checkout counter, they have many more uses. Product pricing is the obvious one that we see just about every day, for example they are widely used in most retail stores across the globe. Once the barcode labels are passed over the scanner, the cost of that product will be reflected on the computer or cash register. Thus, the need for manually entering the cost is completely eliminated.

The Advantages Of Over-Laminated Labels

Before over-laminated labels were commonly available, company owners and managers found themselves wasting time and money replacing barcode labels that had become damaged or simply disintegrated or faded and unreadable. This can mean that time is lost by being unable to read the label and can mean that valuable employees time is wasted.

Today we can provide labels from a variety of materials that are capable of withstanding the harshest of conditions including being frozen down to extreme temperatures referred to as cryogenic.

Why does an asset label have to tough and durable?

An asset label which is also referred to as an asset tag has to be able to withstand all manner of conditions and these can vary considerably throughout the life of the asset. As we are aware asset labels can be hugely helpful for businesses and organisations, allowing the organisation to keep track of all of property, including valuable items such as computer equipment, furniture and machinery.

An easy way to reduce business costs

All businesses want to reduce their operating costs and are constantly striving to find ways to reduce these. However there is one way which does not immediately jump to the forefront of some business operator’s minds and that is using barcodes.

An increasing number of businesses are fixing barcode labels on their assets or equipment in order to keep efficient records and properly track items. The object of fixing barcode labels to assets is to provide details about the items or products whenever this is needed.

Permanent or void, which do you need?

Much will depend upon the equipment the asset label is to be used on, but most companies will have a use for one or both of them.

Permanent asset labels are designed to be fixed to the particular piece of apparatus and not removed. The adhesive used forms a super strong bond with most surfaces it comes into contact with, and providing to is left for a period or four hours after fixing, the glue will have set and will be virtually impossible to remove, that is without causing damage. By using vinyl instead of paper for this asset label it will be considerably stronger, permanent in fact.

Three reasons why asset labels can benefit your business

Correctly used by attaching asset labels to equipment and couple these with barcode labels coupled with asset management software, will enable a detailed record to be kept of company equipment and office accessories, for example tags or labels attached to laptops and other valuable office equipment together with business equipment.

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