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Fixed Barcodes
Fixed, or static, barcodes are printed without variable or sequential information. Each barcode label, and the value it represents, is identical.


Variable Barcodes
Variable, or consecutive, barcodes are printed with a different barcode on each label. Values represented may be sequential from one label to the next, or they may be drawn from a database of values.

BARCODE TYPE Description COMMON USES CHARACTERS SUPPORTED OTHER NAMES

Code 39

code 39

The most popular, general-purpose barcode that can be read by virtually any barcode reader. It’s similar to, but not as compact as, the Code 128 barcode and is used extensively by the automotive industry and for asset tracking.

Asset/Property ID tags
Parking Permits
Name Badges
Industrial Applications


Upper case alphanumeric
(including special characters)

Code 3 of 9
 Code 3/9
 Type 39
 USS Code 39
 USD-3


Code 128

code 128

These compact, high-density barcodes are used for barcode applications that have larger sets of numbers. Often used in the supply chain industry, these barcodes support any character in the ACSII 128.

Asset/Property ID tags
Supply Chain
Industrial Applications

Upper and lower case alphanumeric (including special characters)

Code 128A, B, or C


UPC

ups

UPC (Universal Product Code) barcodes are required for all retail products and are mainly used in the United States.
UPC-A encodes 12 numeric digits, while UPC-E codes are compressed UPC codes used primarily for small products.

Product Labels

Numeric only

UPC-A
UPC-E


EAN

EAN Barcode

EAN barcodes are required for all retail products, primarily used in Europe. EAN-13 encodes 13 numeric digits, while EAN-8 codes are compressed versions for small products. ISBN’s are unique numeric book identifiers.

Product Labels

Numeric only

EAN-13
EAN-8
ISBN


QR

 QR Barcode

QR codes are a type of 2D matrix barcode that provide easy access to information through a smartphone and are often used for applications with a strong consumer focus, including product labels or marketing purposes.

Product Labels
Marketing & Advertising Efforts

All

2D


Learn about the most popular barcode types and choose the one that will work best for your application.

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