The versatility and reliability of barcode labels have made them widely popular across countless industries. There are many advantages to using barcode labels for your business, whether it is for inventory or asset management, data collection, shipping, retail, patient or product identification, and so much more. At ATL, we can print and die-cut almost any size, shape, or form of barcode labels. Depending on what environment your barcode label is expected to endure, there are a variety of material options to choose from. If you are not sure what label material will best fit your barcode label needs, an ATL specialist will help take the guesswork out of the equation.
Barcodes are a visual representation of data. They are most commonly displayed as a set of parallel lines and sometimes sit above a series of numbers, letters, and/or characters. When a barcode is scanned, machines decipher these visual guides and use them to track or catalog items.
Traditional barcode labels, also known as static barcode labels, are printed without sequential information. These barcode labels are often printed with the classic lines and spaces you might recognize on a food label at the grocery store. These labels are great for many reasons as they can help your business run more efficiently. For example, traditional barcode labels can be used for inventory management - allowing retailers to know exactly how much product they have on hand, where it is located in their warehouse, and when more will need to be ordered.
Consecutive barcode labels, also known as variable barcode labels, are printed with a different barcode on each label. The format of these barcodes are the same as the traditional barcode labels, expect each label will have a different line sequence. Consecutive or variable barcode labels are used for many applications. One example of variable barcode applications is patient identification. Hospitals can scan a variable barcode label and find crucial identification information about a patient or their medication. A less critical example but similar benefits would be a variable barcode on a ticket for a sporting event. When the ticket is scanned, information on the section, row, and seat number is designated to each code.