Bar code, composed of bars and spaces of varying width, provides a means of expression for human-readable characters in a form (bars and spaces) readable by machines.Black and white stripes, such as those shown below, are often seen on packages of snacks, foodstuff, and sundries stacked on supermarket shelves or convenience stores - these are known as "Bar Code". The bar code can also be found on industrial products, or on delivery request forms for home and office deliveries - their uses are wide ranging.And in order to read the bar code, there are a wide variety of readers available, each designed for a specific purpose.Let's take a look at a bar code in more detail:
There are following kinds of barcodes and utilized in a variety of applications.
In Japan, JAN(Japanese Article Number)is used as one of EAN and regulated as JIS-X-0501(in 1987) EAN(JAN) is composed of 13 digits(standard) or 8 digits. On the other hand, UPC is composed of 12 digits or 7 digits (including a check digit)In Japan, it is labeled on grocery and other stuff and mainly utilized in POS(Point Of Sales) field.
Country Code is assigned to each country as Composition of POS codes are universal. For instance, 49 and 45 are assigned to Japan.
NW-7 has easy to print module composition and used for tugs of courier service and envelopes of photo development.Processable data is numbers(0~9),symbols(-,$,:,/,+,.),start and stop characters(a~d).
ITF is suitable for high density printing and used for logistics (packaging boxes) and miniature labels on small stuff such as jewelry. It is standardized as logistics code in 1987(JIS-X-0502).
CODE39 is printable in Alphabets and employed by US Ministry of Defence in MIL standard. It is also used worldwide in FA field such as AIAG tugs,ODETTE tugs and EIAJ tugs. Processable data are numbers(0~9),symbols(-,space,$,/,+,%,.),alphabets(A~Z) and start and stop charactor(*).
CODE128 enables to output data in ASCI code(128 kinds) and used in FA and OA fields. Processable data are full ASCII(128 charactors),start charactors(3 kinds),stop charactor,non-data function charactors(4 kinds) and code setting and selecting charactors(4 kinds).