Creating barcodes with REINER® marking systems
Digital barcode printer machines apply the barcode directly to goods and packaging
Meanwhile, barcodes not only simplify shopping, but also entire production processes and logistics management in trade and industry. But regardless of the environment in which the barcodes are to be scanned, the print quality and the stored code must function immediately. The quality of the barcode has become a critical success factor in various process chains.
The mobile inkjet printers from REINER® have proven themselves reliably as barcode printing machines for many years and combine a multitude of special features in a single device:
- Direct printing of many barcode types on individual parts, products, packaging, cardboard boxes
- Barcode printing on paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, glass, curved surfaces, coated labels and almost all smooth surfaces
- Ideal for marking both fixed and sequential barcodes
- The barcode can be created quickly and easily on the PC using the PCset graphic software supplied
- The barcode printing systems jetStamp® 1025, jetStamp® graphic 970 and REINER® 940 allow data transfer through Windows based programs like Word, Excel as well as through barcode label software or ERP systems
Barcode marking: what is a barcode?
The barcode can nowadays be found by anyone shopping in a supermarket when paying at the scanner checkout. The employees pull the goods with the barcode quickly across a glass plate, the barcode scanner underneath confirms the successful identification with a beep and automatically enters the name and price into the cash register. Worldwide standardization is a prerequisite for identifying consumer products unambiguously by EAN code (or in the USA by UPC code). Today, barcodes are essential markings for production control and administration, especially in industry and warehousing.
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Which barcode types are there?
The "European Article Number" (EAN) has its origin as European standard, but can be seen worldwide in the labelling of consumer products. When creating an EAN barcode, it is important to note that it only allows numeric characters.
The "Universal Product Code" was the North American pioneer of all commercial, standardised barcodes and is used in the USA mainly in the trade. As with the EAN number, only numeric characters are used to generate the UPC barcode.
Code 128 Barcode
This barcode takes its designation from the significantly extended character range, which can be represented with it: it is the complete ASCII 128 character set.
Thus not only the numbers 0-9, but all Latin letters from a - z and A - Z as well as various special characters like # $ % & () etc. can be coded.
Code 128 is mainly used in the logistics and transport industry.
IT F Barcode
The "Interleaved 2 of 5" (ITF) code was developed for more robust use on packaging materials such as cardboard, as it can usually still be read even with poor print quality. It also supports the entire ASCII character set and always consists of 14 characters.
Creating a barcode and printing it on any surface
As soon as the code leaves the company and is intended to ensure clear identification, especially in the global market, a central EAN code issuing office is required. Only via this central administration can it be queried which manufacturer and which product in which variant is behind the sequence of numbers. The only official issuing authority in Germany is the company "GS1 Germany". It ensures a syntactically correct article number that does not have any overlaps worldwide.
Once the required barcode type and the number or character sequence to be used have been clarified, the barcode graphic is generated with appropriate software and then printed. If it is a mass product, the strip code is usually integrated into the product or packaging design.
More difficult to handle are sequential or individual barcodes, which have to be adapted with each imprint. If the marking is also to be carried out on site, e.g. in the warehouse or production facility, only two economically viable solutions are possible:
the printing of labels that are glued on, or the more elegant solution using a mobile barcode generator machine.
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Are labels suitable for sequential barcodes or can a barcode be directly printed on a product?
The mobile REINER® marking devices are a smart alternative and perform barcode printing in one step.
Place the barcode stamp machine and apply the barcode to the goods at the push of a button – done! The robust handheld inkjet printer models jetStamp® 1025, jetStamp® graphic 970 and REINER® 940 do this job reliably and reasonably priced. The barcode generator and printer allow you to print barcodes on packaging quickly and easily.
Simply generate the desired barcode with a few mouse clicks using the supplied software. The device can even process the following 3 barcode types, Interleaved 2/5, Code 39 and Code 128 b,sequentialy.
If necessary, activate the "sequential" function and automatically generate serial numbers as barcodes.