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bar code

(bahr kōd)
A code consisting of a group of printed, variably patterned bars and spaces scanned by lasers into a computer to identify the object it labels.

bar code

A parallel array of alternately spaced black bars and white spaces representing a coded number, numbers, or letters, depending on the format employed. It is used clinically for patient sample identification as well as analyzer and operator ID.
See also: code
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Although the range of its use was not envisioned in 1974, when supermarkets carried a fraction of the inventory they carry today, the UPC accommodates the creation each year of thousands of new products.
UPC was soon able to begin focusing on quality, "because workforce scheduling was stable," Vermeer says, which helped boost customer satisfaction by nearly 20 percent.
Rene Verhoef, an analyst with Fortis Bank MeesPierson, says some of the UPC troubles were to be expected while it upgrades its cable lines, but adds that the company would have to solve them quickly.
Manufacturers and distributors that submit their product information for inclusion in UPC - for a minimum fee - can promote their parts to more than 1 million users worldwide.
UPC is an Amsterdam, Netherlands-based cable operator, which provides cable TV, telephony and internet access services across Europe.
UPC is a consolidated subsidiary of United International Holdings, Inc.
Since the study began, the state has limited the use of plastics to those permitted in the 1979 UPC.
Firstpass 97" is IRI's UPC evaluation service that will allow manufacturers and retailers to test symbol integrity.
A manual entitled, "Random Weight UPC Numbering System," is available to retail and seafood representatives.
Our deployment will help UPC Hungary to continue to serve their customers with greater operational efficiency.
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