Testing a bar code is hugely important because if you fail to test it, a series of disruptive problems may affect your business. Different industries are using barcode. It tracks the movement of food products, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, health care products and many more. Barcodes are integrated into security systems, manufacturing processes, control devices, identification systems and many more other applications. So imagine the disaster that it can cause when we fail to test it. Failure of a barcode doesn’t only bring inconvenience. It can also cost a lot of money and even put consumer lives at risk.
So how do we test a bar code?
There are many ways to measure and test barcodes. Barcodes are being checked based on their reflective and color contrast performance. It is checked based on how accurate it is in terms of its image integrity and data structure. Image integrity refers to the edge quality and widths of the bars in the barcode as well as how precise the size of the bars and the spaces.
Testing a barcode requires a device. This device can detect and measure the different qualities of the bar code image – from color, sizes to spaces and etc.
The use of a verifier
In testing barcodes, we use a verifier. However, we should only use an ISO-compliant barcode verifier to test all the essential elements of a printed bar code image. The verifier will identify how the barcode will perform at the intended destination or use.
A verifier will also tell you the quality of a barcode when it changes over time. It will also tell you if the barcode is degrading and the reason why it is losing its quality. With the results from the verifier, you will be able to adjust the printing of your barcode to ensure its quality and be confident with your product and services.