Shipments to the automaker now carry 2-D bar codes
that condense receiving time from as long as 45 minutes to less than 1 minute.
Products as diverse as eyeglass lenses, overnight packages, pallet loads, and semiconductors are being identified and tracked with 2-D bar codes
As evidence of the growing popularity of 2-D bar codes
, two of the potentially largest volume applications were put in motion this year.
2-D bar codes
can eliminate manual package sorting and manual entry of shipping information.
Since the first 2-D bar code
was unveiled, the concept has been very appealing.
But 2-D bar codes
are still looking for their Lotus 1-2-3.
Developed by Symbol Technologies and placed in the public domain, PDF417 is a 2-D bar code
symbology capable of encoding more than 1,800 bytes of data on a single label, offering 100 times the capacity of traditional linear bar codes.
Because of the ability to encode large amounts of data, 2-D bar codes
can become portable data files - hence "PDF.
Supported linear and 2-D bar codes
include: Code 39, Datamatrix, PDF417, UCC/EAN Code 128 and UPC/EAN.
Small GossRSVP 2-D bar codes
and alphanumeric sequences included in printed materials prompt cell phone users to send them via text message or scan and send them to receive electronic coupons, enter contests, participate in loyalty programs, answer surveys or request additional information that can be sent directly to their phones.
The turnkey line affixes serialized 2-D bar codes
or RFID labels on bottles, bundles, cases and pallets, captures the serialized codes and makes the data available to e-pedigree software via an Ethernet connection.
It supports regular and 2-D bar codes
and the Automotive Industry Action Group's B-10/B-14 specification.