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Types of Barcode Labels

Types of Barcode Labels

There are various kinds of barcode labels, ranging from numeric-only labels to alphanumeric formats and symbologies that are utilized across numerous industries.

UPC codes are widely used to label consumer goods for point-of-sale scanning worldwide, while EAN barcodes (such as EAN-13 or EAN-8) encode up to thirteen or eight numerical digits respectively. 2D codes such as QR and Data Matrix encode large amounts of data quickly while providing superior fault tolerance.
Paper

Paper barcode labels are an ideal solution for applications utilizing direct thermal printing, including shipping and inventory labeling as well as work-in-progress goods still needing production.

Polypropylene and polyester barcode labels offer excellent smear resistance and legibility in harsh environments, making them an excellent choice for food containers, electronics and more.

High-tack adhesives are strong and designed to keep labels in place on surfaces of all textures, such as metal and stone. They can withstand extreme temperatures and humidity levels – making them the ideal barcode labels for machinery that helps manage traceable assets, keep records, track maintenance requirements, reorders or repairs.
Polypropylene

If you need barcode labels that can withstand harsh environments, polypropylene may be your ideal material choice. They’re resistant to oil, humidity, conventional cleaning products and UV radiation and produce high-quality prints for ease of scanning by scanners.

This durable label material is compatible with both direct thermal and laser printers, plasma sterilization systems and has an easy application process even on irregular surfaces due to its strong adhesive backing.

Polypropylene labels printed on a 3″ core can be used for various applications. When combined with wax ribbon, they provide excellent weather, tear and scuff resistance and come in either matte or glossy finishes – but have only six-month to two-year lifespan and cost twice as much than paper label materials.
Polyester

Polyester (PP) barcode labels are among the most durable options on the market, able to withstand extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals and abrasion while being printed with an ultra high tack adhesive that keeps them securely adhered even on surfaces like fabrics and building materials with irregular textures.

Labels designed specifically to withstand outdoor storage or other environments where conditions are harsh are usually used on equipment and inventory that will be stored outdoors, or locations with extreme or harsh environments. Two-dimensional symbols allow these labels to hold more data than traditional one-dimensional barcodes can.

Printing method also influences label durability and resistance. A thermal transfer printer with wax ribbon produces smudge-proof prints while laser printers excel at pressure-sensitive adhesive graphics. Understanding different types of labels available allows you to select one suitable to your environment and needs.
Fabric

The best barcode labels should be flexible, smudge-proof and long-lasting. In addition to being easy to scan and possessing clear images with good contrast, the ideal labels may also need to conform to surfaces with irregular or contoured shapes requiring them.

Linear barcodes use parallel lines that represent data, while two-dimensional or 2D barcodes use squares or rectangles with black and white dots in patterns (known as data matrixes) arranged into squares or  thermal rolls jeddah    rectangles to encode two dimensional data matrixes. Some industries impose strict requirements regarding symbology, while others allow more flexible choices of symbolisms.

Sheet and roll labels come in an assortment of materials to meet the requirements for any application, such as direct thermal which heats chemically-treated paper stock without needing ribbon, toner or ink; perfect for point-of-sale, security tags, shipping labels or inventory stickers.
Vinyl

Vinyl labels provide exceptional label durability in environments exposed to chemicals or extreme temperatures, such as chemical plants, industrial facilities and hospitals. Furthermore, this flexible material works great on irregular surfaces like curves or corners.

Choose a label adhesive that best matches the expected environmental conditions to avoid smudging and misreadings over time.

Utilizing the services of a specialist in barcode labels for libraries can give you access to unique options such as destructible vinyl security labels that are almost impossible to remove in one piece, as well as tamper-evident labels which leave evidence of any attempt at manipulation if removed. They also can assist in selecting an optimal printing method suited to each label’s intended use – helping reduce scanning errors and maximize process efficiency.

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