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Digital Barcode Labels

The most common printed labels barcodes that you will be using for retailers will be;
EAN-13, UPC-A, ITF-14, GS1-128, Tray End Cards and in the following pages you will be able to find an example of each code type along with the general specifications within the ISO / ANSI standards that retailers will expect.

Where there might be some leniency with magnification or dimensions it would be wise to discuss this with retailers to obtain authority before printing your barcode labels, rather than have to correct it later. We print digital labels press proofs including bar codes on the production self adhesive labels material and finish so you can cut, apply, scan and verify before making any production decisions.

Detailed Information

Barcode Labels 

EAN-13  (Usually used on a "Retail Unit")


Barcodes labels must, at all times, comply with GS1 rules (click here for a direct link to the full GS1 specifications of EAN-13 codes) but the important 'basic elements' required by retailers are;

1. Barcode Magnification - Minimum 80%. However under certain circumstances, if Thermal Transfer or Laser printers are used in production, it can be as low as 75%
2. Character Height - Minimum 18mm (Bar Height not less than 16mm)
3.'Left Light Margin' - Indicated usually by the width of the first digit of the human readable characters. On a 100% magnification this dimension is 3.63mm.
4.'Right Light Margin' - Indicated by the width of the chevron pointing to the right. On 100% magnification this dimension is 2.31mm.

The 'Light Margins' are most important but, unfortunately, too frequently ignored. Nothing should be printed within the light margins, nor should any mark, join or print on the wrapping be allowed to cause a light margin infringement.

In circumstances where EAN-13 barcodes are used as 'Outer Case' Codes they should be printed to an optimum magnification of 150%. The 'Bar Height' should be a minimum of 32mm.
The magnification range for EAN-13 barcodes on outer case labels is 100% - 200% but should be 150% where the label is being used for both a 'Consumer' and a 'Traded' unit

 

UPC-A



Barcodes must, at all times, comply with UCC.EAN rules (click here for a direct link to the full GS1 specifications of UPC-A codes) but the important 'basic elements' required by retailers are;

1. Barcode Magnification - Minimum 80%. However under certain circumstances, if Thermal Transfer or Laser printers are used in production, it can be as low as 75%
2. Character Height - Minimum 18mm (Bar Height not less than 16mm)
3.'Left Light Margin' - Indicated usually by the width of the first digit of the human readable characters. On a 100% magnification this dimension is 3.63mm.
4.'Right Light Margin' - Indicated by the width of the chevron pointing to the right. On 100% magnification this dimension is 2.31mm.

The 'Light Margins' are most important but, unfortunately, too frequently ignored. Nothing should be printed within the light margins, nor should any mark, join or print on the wrapping be allowed to cause a light margin infringement.

ITF-14
(Usually used on a "Traded Unit" or "Outer Case")



Barcodes must, at all times, comply with GS1 rules (click here for a direct link to the full GS1 specifications of ITF-14 codes) but the important 'basic elements' required by retailers are;

1. Barcode magnification should be a Minimum of 50% and a Maximum of 100%
2. Minimum 'Bar Height' must be 32mm
3. There must be 'Bearer Bars' at the top and bottom of the code, when printed by methods that do not require Printing Plates. If printing plates are used the Bearer Bar must completely enclose the code and the Quiet Zones (left and right 'Light Margins').

 

Tray End Cards

 


Barcodes must, at all times, comply with GS1 rules (click here for a direct link to the full GS1 specifications of GS1-128 codes) but the important 'basic elements' required by retailers are;

1. The barcode symbology must be GS1-128 (NOT Code-128)
2. Text should contain; Company Name, Product Description and the 'Tray Quantity'
3. The GS1-128 barcode should show AI (Application Identifier) (02) followed by the 14 digit GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) then followed by AI (37) followed by the Count of Trade Items on the tray.
4. Nominal barcode magnification 50%

 

GS1-128 Codes & Pallet Labels

 

 

Barcodes must, at all times, comply with GS1 rules (click here for a direct link to the full GS1 specifications of GS1-128 codes). The sample shown above is a typical example of a pallet label having a Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC).
There are very strict rules governing various combinations of AI's and it is best to seek expert advice.
Points to be aware of;
Minimum Bar Height should be 32mm.
In any combination of AI's 'Fixed Length Fields' should always precede 'Variable Length fields.
If using an SSCC, Application Identifier (00), as above, then it must be in the bottom line of the barcodes.

 

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