Showing posts with label codabar barcode. Show all posts
Showing posts with label codabar barcode. Show all posts

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Codabar Barcode. Advantages, Limitations and Applications

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Codabar made with ByteScout Barcode SDK
·   Can be printed on simple dot-matrix printer.
·      Codabar is an extremely barcode standard. It can be encoded and decoded by all types of printers ranging from simpler to complex ones.
·      Simplest barcode standard, not much user training is required to understanding the encoding and decoding techniques.


·      Can encode only numeric digits from 0-9 and small set of characters and alphabets.
·      It has very small fault tolerance for damages and distortion. It is not easy to recover data even if small portion of these barcodes is damaged.
·      If large amount of data has to be stored, like other linear barcode types, its length has to be increased.


·      Extensively used in medical and surgical equipment owing to simple encoding and decoding technique.
·      Used in shipping industry to recognize the parcels and shipments.
·      Used in educational institutes and academic organizations.
·      Codabar is used by several courier services in order to store information of the sender, receive and the item itself. To read codabar from scanned documents or photos you can use BarCode Reader SDK as on of the wide-used barcode software.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Codabar Barcode. History and Purpose.

Codabar barcode is a one dimensional barcode initially used for retail applications labeling. Codabar barcode can encode numeric digits from 0-9 and five characters including Plus (+), Minus (-), Forward slash (/), Colon (:), Dollar symbol ($) and Dot (.). Apart from numeric digits and the aforementioned character set, Codabar can also encode first four alphabets from ‘a’ to‘d’; however, these alphabets can only be used as start and stop symbols. Codabar barcode is also known as, Code 2 of 7, ANSI/AIM BC3-1995, NW-7, Monarch, Rationalized Codabar, Ames Code or USD-4.


. In the year 1972, Pitney Bows Corporation developed a linear barcode which was named as Codabar barcode. Codabar was developed with intent to make it useful in the retail merchandise industry. Later on National Retail Merchant Association (NRMA) adopted another barcode standard in the year 1975; However Codabar did not lost its importance because people were now beginning to use it in medical, educational and shipping industry as well.


In early 1970s, the need for a barcode standard was felt which could be printed with a simple dot-matrix printer and could be used on air bills of FedEx and also on blood-bank documents. It was for this purpose that work on a barcode standard started which could suffice these