What is A Bar Code?
A barcode is a font family made up of lines and spaces representing
data. They appear on books, product packages, envelopes with
zip codes, labels, and many shipping papers to name a few examples.
These lines and spaces are read or scanned via bar-code devices.
The device contains firmware that converts these lines and spaces
into human readable characters for input into a computer application.
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When do you use Bar-Codes?
Bar-codes are used to reduce or eliminate manual entry of data.
For example, when a retailer or manufacturer must account for inventory,
the use of bar-codes can greatly reduce manual entry of data which
reduces the number of data entry mistakes. The printed barcode is
produced via an application program that converts the human readable
data to barcode fonts. The program most likely has edited the output
prior to printing to ensure that the correct data is being printed.
The barcode reader or scanner is used to convert the data back to
human readable characters. This data is transmitted to the input
application without the user having to manually type the data in.
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What should a Bar Code Specialist
An experienced and qualified resource must also know:
to program check digit routines
to set up and maintain bar-code equipment
bar-code fonts to use in each industry sector
to create and print barcode fonts
to create and modify application programs
to perform printer configuration activities
to set up non-supported printers with new bar-code fonts
to process data from the business functional aspect
to transfer knowledge to the full-time associates at a customer
bar-code should I use?
It depends on the industry sector you are processing data for, what
type of data you are bar-coding, and for what country. Different
bar-code fonts were developed for different industries. For example,
PostNet is the bar-code font used by the post office to print zip
codes. Here in the US, the most standard bar-code fonts used are
Code 3 of 9, Code 128, and UPC. Each font has it's own set of standards
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What can New Alliance Associates
do for you?
Here at New Alliance Associates, Inc., we have the expertise and
knowledge to perform any and all the activities related to Bar-code
processing. Our company has been involved with this since
1993. During this time, we have performed all the tasks mentioned
above for a number of our customers. New Alliance Associates worked
closely with divisions of Xerox Corporation to incorporate
bar-code font processing on their printers for SAP processing.