labelsplus : Labels Plus April 2017
Labels Plus 15 Labels Plus 15 never be misinterpreted; literally an ‘ebony and ivory’ pair within one barcode. To add to the scanned accuracy, there’s a check-digit. “The Americans initially came up with a 12-digit Uniform Product Code number. The potential major European markets calculated that this number range would quickly be over-reached, given the expected international usage. The problem was quickly solved by implying a 13th number at the front of the existing 12 digits by the use of variable parity (eg: Australia’s ‘9’ out the front is implied by the variable parity ABBABA applied to first six digits). Thus was born the international barcoding system, now GS1.” Vin commented that business interest was still ongoing as companies readily saw the advantage of complying with retailers’ demands for barcoded product. “We still have companies asking ‘how does this work?’ And we patiently support anyone trying to get into barcoding. We spend the time because we know they’ll be back.” Discussing wider developments, Vin advised that the concept had graduated from product barcodes to carton barcodes (Trade Units), and had expanded onwards to the trading-cycle barcode (GS1 Application Identifier Standard). The key element of the Application Identifier Standard is the Serial Shipper Container Code (thankfully referred to as the SSCC label). SSCC labels are literally unique “number plates” for each pallet travelling through the trading cycle, enabling traceability, in case of faulty product. Use-by date, batch number, weight, etc., is covered within this system. “It’s been up and running worldwide now for around 15 years and is at a point where the Application Identifier Standard is beginning to be utilised by all transport services (couriers, post, etc.) .” Vin said Barcode Print, operating as a long-established trade house, offers services to label converters and manufacturers: “Variable print, sequential numbering – that sort of thing. We’ve recently done a big job using a check-digit algorithm for a large Australian manufacturer that apparently others couldn’t work out. My stepson Rod is working in the business and I believe the combination of my older, experienced head and his young agile mind makes for a great partnership. He’s a certified Microsoft computer engineer. “We’re geared up for Country of Origin food labelling compliance and Global Harmony pictogram chemical labelling compliance, offering customers practical in-house solutions with our Bartender labelling software. We’ve already begun to supply customers with both types of label. “A large part of our business is selling consumables, labels and thermal ribbons Australia-wide. We don’t convert labels ourselves, but have a string of suppliers who we trust. We source thermal transfer ribbons from our principal and Foilmakers, who have been reliably supplying us since the 1980s. “Barcode Print also undertakes field service and training for the Toshiba thermal transfer printing systems we sell. We like to say there isn’t a salesman in the building. We’re technicians. Behind every system we install is 35 years of experience and service. We’re across new technology and compliance standards, but we’re also aware that it’s the service behind what we sell that sets us apart. And that’s something you can’t buy off the shelf.” Vin and Gail Elder, and Rod Bolt are continuing to push the envelope with barcode implementation.
Labels Plus November 2016
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