There are few in the business world today that do not realise the importance of the barcode label. Barcode labels are often highly customisable usually to suit the unique properties of the business and can include more items than just the familiar set of lines, for example we can include your company logo that shows that the product is linked to your business.
You have bought them for business use and it makes sense to ensure that they are not only looked after, but you know where they can be located in your business premises. Using modern technology and building a database is common sense and with this you can record each and every item and its location.
We are now all familiar with the barcode, that little piece of printing seem on just about everything that we buy from a store or supermarket, often described as little stripes that are the wonder of the retailing world., now a crucial part of producing and selling a product. The range where these barcodes can be seen is almost endless and in use on a wide range of labels across the world; Asset Labels, Security Labels, Barcode Labels and Custom Labels are a few examples of useful labels, even your lottery ticket!
Adding a barcode to a tool that is loaned out by a hire shop has an asset label on it to provide identification for security and also to it can have other information en it as well. It can tell the hire company when it was taken out and also when returned the exact period of hire.
The barcode is a great invention and it has now appeared on just about every item that we buy or use and it is hard to imagine what life was like before the series of lines was added to a product label. However the barcode is of no use at all without a device that will read the information that is stored on the code, this is where the barcode reader or scanner as it is sometimes referred to is necessary.
Barcoding your product, asset or package can save your organisation time, money, increase productivity, make keeping control of stock easier; in fact it is hard to contemplate what we all did before the advent of the barcode. Depending on the product, or item which the barcode is to be attached to, will largely determine to a large the type of material and life span of the label that will be needed.
A question that we are often asked is “what is thermal printing” and the answer is that this is a method that is often preferred when producing barcode labels. Barcode printers use either direct thermal or thermal transfer techniques to apply ink to labels. Put simply a thermal printer is a non impact printer which works by using a print head which contains a lot of small heating pins that on contact, effectively burn dots onto special coated paper.
DataLabel has been producing barcode labels for many years and we are familiar with all the necessary procedures that must be employed if a good readable barcode label is made to sit on the product. Barcode labels are imperative for most modern businesses today; there cannot be a product that does not have one in the commercial or retail world.
There are seven standard barcode labels and each one has a use that can be specific to an industry or a particular use. For example, code 39 is an alphanumeric code by which the width of the bars, colours and spacing make up a series of 43 characters, consisting of uppercase letters, A to Z numeric digits 0 to 9 and a number of special characters.
There are a number of barcodes in use but importantly as far as we are concerned here in the UK, only two are universally used, others such as Royal Mail are specific to them alone. It is perfectly possible to print your own barcodes, but it can be difficult and it does really require some expertise and above all a thermal printer. In addition you will need some professional label printing software, specific to your printer.