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Barcode Labels

Preprinted and Custom Barcode Labels.

TYPES OF BARCODE LABELS

2D Barcodes
2D (two dimensional) barcodes contain more information than typical one dimensional barcodes. One dimensional barcodes get wider as more data is encoded. Typically, 2D barcodes area applied to labels by a thermal printing device.

 

 

UPC-A
UPC-A stands for Universal product Code. The UPC barcode is required on all products sold in North America and throughout the world. Typically, the UPC barcode is printed on the product ID label.

 

 

UPC-E
Compressed UPC code used on small products sold in North America and throughout the world. Typically, the UPC-E barcode is printed as a separate label rather than as part of the product ID label.

 

 

Code 39 (alphanumeric)
Code 39 is the most popular, general purpose barcode printed on labels. Some examples would include serial numbers for any type of hard good (from automobiles to laptops). Asset tags and parking permits typically are printed with code 39 barcodes.

 

 

Code 128 (alphanumeric)
Code 128 barcodes are typically used when a high reliability code read is required from the label application.

 

 

Codabar (numeric only)
Codabar barcodes are typically used in labeling solutions for applications that require sequential issuing and processing of information. Some examples would include library systems, membership cards, overnight package delivery systems, and other simple processing and tracking applications.

 

EAN-13 (numeric only)
EAN – 13 is often referred to as the international retail product code. EAN stands forEuropean Alpha Numeric (barcode). This is the global version of the UPC codes used in North America. The primary barcode label application of EAN 13 codes is products that are to be sold in Europe.

 

 

Interleaved 2 of 5 (numeric only)
Interleaved 2 of 5 barcodes are the compressed version of EAN-13 code described above. Used to provide barcode product information on small products throughout Europe.

 

 

PostNet (numeric only)
PostNet barcodes were developed by the USPS to make automated mail a reality. Most PostNet barcodes are printed on labels and are ultimately applied pieces that are mailed through the USPS, ranging from envelopes to catalogs.

 

Ink and Printing Methods for Barcode Labels

Bar code symbols are printed in black ink. The rest of your label can be printed in spot (PMS) colors or in process (CMYK) colors.

You also have a choice between excellent quality traditional flexo printing or high end photo quality digital printing. The example to the left displays the difference between the flexo and digital production methods. Either method will ensure excellent readability of your barcode.

Digital label printing is best suited for label quantities of 5,000 or fewer. Traditional flexo printing is best suited for quantities of 1,000 or more labels.

Quantity Ranges For Barcode Label Printing
We can print barcode labels from 1 to 100,000 or more. Quantities of 5,000 or fewer may be produced using digital printing technology.

Sizes and Shapes Available For Barcode Labels
We offer hundreds of “pre-sized” label dies for barcode printing. We also offer digital barcode printing which includes the ability for you to print your label in any size or shape without the need for costly dies or tooling.

Digital label printing is best suited for label quantities of 5,000 or fewer. Traditional flexo printing is best suited for quantities of 1,000 or more labels.

Materials For printing Barcodes Labels
The range of materials we offer for barcode printing is nearly limitless. We do suggest that, for optimum barcode scan ability, you work within the requirements of your scanners – or with scanner requirements used by company’s that will scan your barcode labels.

Types of Finishing Available For Barcode Labels
Bar code labels can be printed on rolls, sheets or individual pieces. Typically, individual pieces requires digital printing. Digital printing is best suited for quantities of 5,000 or less.

Adding Variable Text Printing To Barcode Labels
In addition to adding barcodes to your labels, we can add variable text and numbering. Typically, variable printing requires digital printing. Digital printing is best suited for quantities of 5,000 or less.

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