Updating the Code with 2D Bar Codes

By: John McBride, Senior Sales Executive - Adaptive Data Inc.


OK!... the game show is about to begin and YOU are the contestant. The question is this:

Other than the layout of the labels below, what is the big difference?

Blog - JMB Linear BC


Blog - JMB 2D BC







You are quite correct if you said, “Not much”! Both may have the same amount of information.  Many companies who have been using automatic identification systems through the years have been doing so using the more “traditional” bar code symbologies, i.e.; Code 39, Code 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN 13, and so on. Those codes have served you well and have helped automate processes that used to take much longer to record, often resulting in mistakes due to poor penmanship, or date entry transcribing errors.

However, you solved so many of those problems years ago by employing the use of bar codes and scanners into your work processes. The time required to accurately record transactions diminished significantly and the associated errors with such transactions vanished. People who were previously transcribing handwritten data have since been placed in much more productive roles within the company and your bottom line profits have improved significantly. How does that rose smell now that you’ve had a chance to stop and take a whiff after such improvements were completed?


Is there yet further potential for time and money saving improvements through your automatic identification system?

Might receiving, or shipping time be further improved through faster transactions and recording? What technology advancements have taken place since the installation of our system and might they allow further efficiencies to the resources I have available? Good questions, all! The answer in many cases is, “Yes”. Since the early bar code systems (inventory control, asset tracking, warehouse management, route sales, etc.) were put into practice, further advancements have taken place in the structure of code symbologies in the form of various 2D bar code symbologies.


Why consider the use of 2D bar codes?

Take another look at the two label samples at the top of this blog. Any or all of the information found within the multiple bar codes on the label on the left could all be stored within the 2D bar code in the right hand sample. With one scan, all of the information on the 2D bar code would be properly stored within the desired database areas. Serial numbers, date codes, lot numbers, part counts, descriptions, etc., could all be stored within one 2D bar code. With one scan, all such necessary data would be automatically sent and stored, each within its proper location in your database. The time savings in many cases are as significant to your company today as those savings realized after the installation of your initial bar code system.

It may well be worth your time to consult Adaptive Data’s experienced staff to find out if your company may benefit through such an update. If so, you may find additional profits falling to your bottom line through relatively simple system upgrades.