Bar Code Symbols

 

Bar Code Terminology  
       
UPC

Usage Used primarily by Retail Industry, in U.S.A. and Canada. One dimensional, continuous, four element widths and fixed length. Left 6-10 digits assigned by Uniform Code Council, rest to total of 11 digits is selected by you, 12th is check digit, calculated by mod 10 formula. Version A is 12 digits. Version E is 6 digits. A 2-digit add-on is used by periodicals and a 5-digit add-on is used on paper back books and greeting cards. On January 1, 2005 this symbology will look like EAN and it will be called GTIN (Global Trade Item Number)
Character set 0-9 only
Module Width (X) 0.013" @ 100%
Height 1.02" @ 100% (from top of the bars to bottom of the numbers, if you don't have a decimal ruler use 1 1/16")
Width 1.235" @ 100%
Quiet Zone 0.117" @ 100% (if you don't have a decimal ruler use 1/8")
Range 80% - 200% for press printed (76% for thermal transfer and laser printed, but must use height and quiet zone requirements of the 80% symbol)
 
EAN

Usage Used primarily by Retail Industry, in Europe and the rest of the world and is a superset of U.P.C. One dimensional, continuous, four element widths and fixed length. Left 7-11 digits assigned by EAN governing body, rest to total of 12 digits is selected by you, 13th is check digit, calculated by mod 10 formula. EAN13 has 13 digits and EAN8 has 8 digits.
Other Specifications See UPC for all the other specifications.
Bookland EAN

Usage Used only by the book industry. It is an EAN-13 with 5-digit add-on. Based on ISBN assigned by R. R. Bowker. Starts with Country code of 978, followed by the left 9 digits of ISBN, 13th is check digit, calculated by mod 10 formula.
For add on, start with 5 for U.S. Dollars followed with price ($7.95 -> 50795) if no price, must put 90000 for the 5 digit add-on.
Width 1.971" @ 100%
Other Specifications See UPC for all the other specifications.
Interleaved 2 of 5 (I2of5)

Usage Used primarily by distribution industry. High density, self-checking, continuous. Every character encodes two digits, one in the bars and on in the spaces therefore the symbol must have even number of digits.
Ratio:
Character set 0-9 only
Module Width (X) 0.0075" min.
Height 15% of width, 0.25" min.
Width Variable
Ratio 2-3, 2.2 min. for X<0.02"
Quiet Zone 10X, 0.25" min.
Shipping Container Code (UCC14 )

Usage Based on Interleaved 2 of 5, Must have 14 digits.
1st digit based on packaging level, 2nd digit 0, 3rd to 13th same as UPC (or 2nd to 13th same as EAN). 14th is check digit, calculated by mod 10 formula.
Module Width (X) 0.040" @ 1.00 Magnification
Height 1.25" @ 1.00 Magnification
Width 4.82" @ 1.00 Magnification
Ratio 2.5
Quiet Zone 0.40" @ 1.00 Magnification(if you don't have a decimal ruler use 13/32")
Range 0.7 to 1.2 Magnification Factor for printing on corrugated. (0.625 to 1.2 Magnification Factor for labels)
Other Specifications See Interleaved 2 of 5 code for all the other specifications.
Codabar

Usage Used primarily by libraries, blood banks air parcel industry. Discrete, self-checking, variable length. Four different start/stop characters allow useful in formation to be encoded in these overhead characters.
Character set 0-9, - $ : / . + (A, B, C, D as start/stop)
Module Width (X) 0.0075" min.
Height 15% of width, 0.25" min.
Width Variable
Quiet Zone 10X, 0.25" min.
Code 3 of 9 (Code 39)

Usage First and the most popular alphanumeric bar code. Used by a wide range of industries. Discrete, self-checking, variable length. Mod 43 check digit is optional for security. Extended version will code lower case and ASCII. Readers must be programed to decode the extended format.
Character set 0-9, A-Z, - . space $ / + %
Module Width (X) 0.0075" min
Height 15% of width, 0.25" min.
Width Variable
Ratio 2-3, 2.2 min. for X<0.02"
Quiet Zone 10X, 0.25" min.
HIBC


Usage (Health Industry Bar Code) Used primarily by health industry. Based on code 39 with mod 43 check digit.
Must start with a "+"
Other Specifications See code 3 of 9 for all the other specifications.
   
Code 128

 

Usage Newest of the popular bar codes, very high density, variable length, continuous, multiple widths, and has internal check digit. There are three sub sets, A, B & C. in Sub set C, 00 to 99 only, must have even number of digits.
Character set All 128 ASCII characters
Module Width (X) 0.0075" min.
Height 15% of width, 0.25" min.
Width Variable
Quiet Zone 10X, 0.25" min.
 
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