I’m worried that a Vanity Barcode won’t scan as perfectly as a regular barcode. How do you prove it?

We use the universal GS1 grading system, which grades barcode reliability from A to F to help you determine how reliably a barcode is likely to scan.

Vanity Barcodes with an A or B grade scan 100% the same as regular (unadorned) barcodes. All barcode designs must meet a B grade or higher. We send every code number to GS1 for testing as part of our service.

The print substrate (material you will be printing the final barcode on) can have an affect on the quality of the scan reliability (and can thus affect grade level).

Some examples of print methods and materials that may degrade scan grade:

  • flexographic print on flexible plastic film
  • low-resolution or high dot gain flexographic print on labels
  • low-contrast or irregular-contrast thermographic label printing
  • packaging subject to “frosting over” in a supermarket freezer case

For this reason, we require ALL barcodes to be tested at least once. You can select pre-production testing (stage 1 testing) or on-press testing (stage 2 testing). Many print and packaging vendors provide grade testing on the production floor, so you may prefer the stage 1 testing if your stage 2 testing is already covered in your QA procedures.

If you require stage 2 testing, we offer this at a reasonable fee per code tested. An actual production print must be submitted to Vanity Barcodes for testing.


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