Although a barcode may seem readable to the human eye, it may not be readable to a scanner.  This can create a plethora of issues, and can make it very hard to track a product, or even have your customer sending the product back to you.  The obvious solution to this is to make your barcodes more readable, but how do you do that?

It’s all about trial and error, and the best way to get results from those trials is a barcode verifier.  Verifiers are similar to scanners.  However, they have the added benefit of breaking down the makeup of the code itself.  Instead of just reading the code, a verifier can tell you the symbology, detect the parameters (including dimensional, reflectance, format, and contrast), and return a grade based on industry specific standards (like ANSI, GS1, and others).  Once you’ve got a verifier, you can start to examine the ways to solve the problems with your barcodes.  Is there not enough contrast?  Is the grade too low?

Once your verifier has helped you identify the problem, it’s time to find a solution.  Last month, we posted a blog about what printing technology is right for you.  You can find that blog here.  It focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of various types of printing technology from FoxJet, which all have a tested and guaranteed 99.9% first-read rate. This means that 999 times out of 1,000, your barcode will be readable not only to the human eye, but the strictest verifier and most unforgiving scanners.  This type of dependability will ensure that you have no issues getting your product out of your warehouse and into the hands of your customers.  No more returned packages, no more worry.

To start producing more readable barcodes today, check out our website, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis.

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