What Barcode Symbologies are the Best?

What Barcode Symbologies are the Best?

With the variety of barcode symbologies currently available, how can you be sure that the one you choose will fulfil your requirements?  This guide is a basic reference to help you sort through the options.  Additional articles will follow soon with more detail about each symbology on its own, and as always, please let us know if you have any questions or input! Linear Barcode Symbologies (1D): Linear Barcode symbologies are likely the ones most people are familiar with.  These barcode symbologies are created with parallel black and white bars and spaces of varying sizes and are used to automatically and accurately capture data and reduce human error during entry as they are read by a laser scanner.  The scanner reads the barcode from left to right in one dimension which is why linear barcodes are referred to as 1-D barcodes. Some of the common Linear Barcode symbologies you might come across are UPC: Standard barcode for retail environments. Each UPC number relates to one specific retail item.  Codes are regulated by www.GS1.org and are only produced as static (non-changing) numbers. Code 39 (or Code 3 of 9): Most common barcode symbology. Codes alphanumeric character set, and is very strong in asset tracking applications requiring sequential data (i.e. 0001, 0002, 0003, etc.). Code 128: Less common than code 39, but still widely used.  It is also more compact than code 39, so you can fit more characters in smaller spaces. Interleaved 2 of 5 (or I 2 of 5): Symbology that requires an even number of encoded digits.  Only numeric information can be encoded. 2D Barcode Symbologies This second...
Datamark UK Promote Versawipes – Keeping TT Printer Print-heads Pristine

Datamark UK Promote Versawipes – Keeping TT Printer Print-heads Pristine

News: Datamark UK Recommend Versawipes – To Help Reduce the cost of premature printhead failure and reduce expensive downtime with the industry’s most versatile printhead cleaning wipes. The printhead is the most critical component of your printer and one of the most delicate and expensive. Most print quality problems are a direct result of improper care of the printhead. A consumable that wears over time, much like the brakes on your car, requires proper installation and on-going maintenance to ensure a long life of service for your printer. Printer manufacturers recommend regular cleaning of the printhead to remove any build up of residue caused by label dust, adhesive and dirt in the atmosphere. This build up of residue will, over time, become baked onto the printhead. This will then interfere with heat transfer, causing the heater elements to overheat to the point of failure. Datamark UK recommend the use of Versawipes to keep your thermal print heads, platen rollers and label sensors clean and healthy. With a single product you can keep your thermal printheads in first class condition, whilst maintaining a clean and healthy localised working environment. 100 easy to use wipes in each container for convenient storage right next to your printer. The container allows for easy access to the wipes without any wasteful individual sachets. Unlike other print head cleaners such as ribbon attachments, pens and sachets, Versawipes will enable you to keep all parts of the printer and surrounding print area clean and healthy. A single versatile product for the complete job. For further information on Versawipes then please Click...
Small Roll 19mm Core Labels and Receipt Rolls

Small Roll 19mm Core Labels and Receipt Rolls

News:  Small Roll 19mm Core Labels – As a business involved in Logistics, Distribution, Warehousing and Retail are you using more and more Handheld or Portable Label Printers which use small roll 19mm core labels or receipt rolls? Or are you considering the purchase of these printers to enable the labelling of products in the warehouse that much simpler and quicker?  The use of small roll 19mm core labels is increasing due to the increase in use of these printers and Datamark are here able to provide you with quality small roll 19mm core labels and receipt rolls. These printers using small roll 19mm core labels are suitable for a wide range of applications enabling products to be labelled at the point where they are delivered into Warehouse or on the shop floor, for ‘Price Reduction’ or ‘Goods In’ label applications. Do you have a requirement for or are considering the use of small roll 19mm core labels or receipt rolls on 19mm cores for use with Handheld & Portable Printers? Then why not send us a request to quote for your small roll 19mm core labels or receipt rolls and find out just how competitive we are and what a good quality product we offer. Datamark UK manufacture both Plain & Printed Labels on small roll 19mm cores for use on such printers. For a quote for supply please call on +44 (0)7805 553907 and ask for Mark...
100% Recyclable Backing Material For Labels

100% Recyclable Backing Material For Labels

News:  100% Recyclable Backing materials, are you seeking a Label which contributes to the reduction in your companies “carbon footprint” & offers a potential cost reduction? Datamark UK manufacture plain labels for industrial & retail customers.  These labels come in a wide range of sizes & materials including Direct Thermal and Thermal Transfer with 100% Recyclable Backing (PET).  Logistics, distribution and parcel carriers would benefit from the use of these materials as the print quality on these materials is superior to standard honey glassine backed materials, ensuring increased rates of barcodes scanning first time. The benefits of 100% Recyclable Backing material are: Our new 100% Recyclable Backing material provides a much more stable solid backing resulting in labels with a better print quality. The 100% Recyclable Backing Material is thinner so more labels per roll This material is also costs comparable to Labels supplied on a Honey Glassine backing. So rather than pay to have your used liner product taken away, consider using our 100% Recyclable Backing materials and get paid to have it collected. If you would like further information on this new 100% recyclable backing material then call Datamark UK on 01482 506560 / 505101 or email us on sales@datamarkuk.com for further...
Plain Label Contracts for Improved Efficiency?

Plain Label Contracts for Improved Efficiency?

News:  Datamark UK would like to offer you the opportunity of working with us in the supply of your Plain Label requirements utilising Annual Contracts for supply which improve your efficiency.  Whatever Plain Label you use, Datamark UK are able to produce these and offer significant benefits in using Datamark for the production of your Plain Label requirements. How do Datamark UK do this you may ask? If you are a volume user of Plain Labels in Rolls or Fan-folded and currently are having to not only buy in volume but have quantities shipped into your warehouse which may be taking up too much valuable room for your own products, then consider using Datamark Label Contracts for your requirements. Some companies are having to purchase more than one months volume of plain labels in order to obtain the best price. This is where we differ, let us plan your monthly requirements and when your Contract commences we will deliver one months requirement initially and plan production for following monthly deliveries so when you place your next call-off labels are in stock and ready for next day delivery. This will mean a more efficient service where we deliver what you the customer wants, when you want and reduce the space required for stocking labels increasing space for your own...
Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons

Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons

News:  Datamark UK Offering Great Deals On Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons Datamark UK are a leading supplier of Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons for most applications.  These range from Standard Wax to Full Blown Resins available in black and a variety of colours for use on most available Thermal Transfer Printers.  We also offer ribbons for ICE and Markem Coders. Datamark are able to supply with extremely fast lead-times and provide sample ribbons to test where needed.  If your interested in compatible products then there are exceptional savings to be made on a range of excellent quality products. Some customers prefer to buy their Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons with labels included, reducing the cost and making the ordering and supply process somewhat easier. Datamark will deliver the relevant quantity of ribbons with your label order, ensuring reduced chances of running out of ribbons. So if  you would like further advise or assistance on your Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons then please call 01482 506560 or 01482 505101 for further details. Datamark UK have some exceptionally good prices currently available for all grades of Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons for most Printers on the market today.  We are now are able to offer our own Datamark UK Branded range of Thermal Transfer Printer Ribbons which offer exceptional value for money with the quality to...