Barcode labels – Their types and characteristics

Barcode labels help us identify any given goods or products. They are available in an array of different materials and have a variety of adhesive sticker backs. They can be customised into any shape or size you want and have become an integral part of business operations.

Here we will discuss the different types of barcodes available.

The types of barcode labels

Barcode labels can be categorised into three main types; aluminum, polyester and ceramic labels. Aluminum labels offer great durability. They usually bear an image on the surface that lasts for many years, even in harsh conditions. They can withstand wear and tear, cold temperatures, heat and chemical abrasion.

Polyester barcode labels

Polyester barcode labels have embedded images on the underside of the plastic. They use a permanent adhesive for sticking the labels to a desired surface.

Ceramic coated barcode labels

Ceramic barcode labels are perhaps the most durable type. They are made from stainless steel and are coated with porcelain or any other ceramic material. These labels are not affected by acidic chemicals or high temperatures.

Other categories of barcode labels include paper barcodes, resin barcodes, retro-reflective barcodes and floor barcodes. Resin coated barcodes are the most commonly used barcodes in offices. They are covered by resin for added durability. Paper barcodes are used by courier and finance companies for tracking documents and parcels. They are the most economical barcoding system available. Retro-reflective barcode labels are made of metals or plastic and are used in retail establishments for distance scanning. Floor barcode labels are engraved into industrial floors and then covered with urethane. They can not be scraped off, even under heavy vehicular traffic.

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