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What is a barcode?

A barcode is a visual image of data which shows certain information on products. The image consists of black lines and white spaces. The white spaces are just as important as the lines because their widths or quantity represent data.

There are 2 types of barcodes, 1D (1 dimensional) and 2D (2 dimensional). 2D barcodes use patterns of dots, squares or other geometry which is termed "symbologies".
Most popular barcode however, is the 1D.

Barcode scanners or barcode readers are used to scan the barcode and relay the information back to the database where the computer matches the code to the item or information it has instore. Premier Markings has many good scanners and barcode equipment that we tested over the years and know which ones work best.

To print barcodes for inventory or shipping, thermal printers or barcode printers are used. Heat is applied to a thermal ribbon and transfered onto a blank thermal label that correctly identifies the product. Premier Markings uses special adhesive to our thermal labels so they are guaranteed not to fall off and lose vital information. Thermal labels come in many different shapes and sizes depending on your product and Premier Markings has all sizes and different materials for every type of application.

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On the left is a typical barcode that can hold information of product name, date, manufacturer and more.

Label software makes it easy to print barcodes for yourself and will correctly be scanned and identified by others. We at Premier Markings, sell software that will aid you and provide personal training for you to manage it when you purchase.

There are many different types of barcodes. Some are made for specific industries such as automotive, postal, books and magazines, etc.
Below is a chart of 1D barcode types and their industry.

Code Industry
U.P.C. A, GTIN Worldwide retail, GS1-approved
Codabar Old format used in libraries and blood banks and on airbills
Code 39
Various
Code 93 Various
Code 128 Various
Code 128A Various
Code 128B Various
Code 128C Various
Code 11 Telephones
DUN 14 Various
EAN 2 (magazines), GS1-approved
EAN 5 (books), GS1-approved
EAN 8, EAN 13 Worldwide retail, GS1-approved
Facing Identification Mark USPS business reply mail
GS1-128 various
GS1 DataBar Various, GS1-approved
HIBC Healthcare
ITF-14 retail packaging levels, GS1-approved
Latent image barcode Color print film
Pharmacode Pharmaceutical packaging
Plessey Catalogs, store shelves, inventory
PLANET United States Postal Service
POSTNET United States Postal Service
Intelligent Mail barcode United States Postal Service
MSI Used for warehouse shelves and inventory
PostBar Canadian Post office
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