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The Bar Code Book

Fifth Edition - A Comprehensive Guide To Reading, Printing, Specifying, Evaluating, And Using Bar Code and Other Machine-Readable Symbols

bulletPublished: September, 2007
bulletFormat: Perfect Bound Softcover (B/W)
bulletPages: 470
Size: 7x10
bulletISBN: 9781425133740


The Bar Code Book has been one of automatic identification industry's best-selling textbooks since it was first published in 1989. The Fifth Edition has been completely updated and expanded to reflect current and emerging technology. Previous editions of this book have been used by college educators, MIS departments, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, and individuals.

The book describes the many different forms of 1-D and 2-D bar code symbols, explains how they work, compares their attributes, and provides detailed reference information. Equipment used for printing, reading, and evaluating bar code symbols is reviewed, and extensive information is provided about the applicable industry standards. The emerging fields of Direct Part Marking and image-based scanning is reviewed, and the issue of patents is presented. Many applications of the technology are described.

This book covers more than just conventional bar code technology - all forms of machine-readable symbols are reviewed. This is truly a comprehensive textbook that deserves to be on the bookshelf of anyone working in or around the field of Automatic Identification.

About the Author:

Roger C. Palmer, P.Eng. was born in England, but spent most of his early years in Canada. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree (McMaster University) and an MBA (University of Washington). Over the years, Roger has co-founded three companies involved in developing and manufacturing electronic test equipment for the communications industry.

He became involved in Automatic Identification when he joined INTERMEC Corporation (a manufacturer of bar code products and systems) in 1978. He held several high level positions at Intermec, eventually becoming Vice President, Technology. In 1994 Roger and his family decided that the lifestyle offered in British Columbia was so attractive that it overshadowed the security of having a regular job, so he announced an early retirement from Intermec and moved to Victoria, B.C. Since then he has operated a small consulting company called Palmer Technologies Inc., which provides services to a number of clients involved in different "High-Tech" technical fields, and he has been involved as an expert witness in several patent litigations and contract disputes.

Roger is intimately familiar with bar code technology and equipment. He has served as chairman of AIM's Technical Symbology Committee and also as chairman of the HIBCC's Technical Committee. He was an active member of the ANSI committee that developed the first bar code standards. He has several patents and has been a frequent publisher and speaker on all aspects of bar code technology. He is a member of the IEEE, APEGBC, ARRL, EAA, and the Institute of Navigation.

Apart from the Automatic Identification industry, Roger remains current in many other high-tech fields, and he has assisted companies in evaluating technical trends, developing business strategic plans, or refining product designs.

Outside of work, his interests include flying, yacht racing, cruising, computers, electronics, and amateur radio. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.

Roger and his family live next to the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Table of Contents:

History of The Bar Code Book
1 -Introduction
2 -Data Entry Techniques
    2.2 Automatic Methods
    2.3 Choice of Data Entry Technology
3 -History of Bar Code
4 -Introduction To Symbologies
    4.1 Symbology Configurations
    4.2 Characteristics of a Symbology
5 -Non-Retail Symbologies
    5.1 Width-Modulated Linear Symbologies
    5.2 Height-Modulated Linear Symbologies
    5.3 2-D Stacked Symbologies
    5.4 2-D Matrix Symbologies
    5.5 Composite Symbologies
    5.6 Other Symbologies
6 -Retail Symbologies
    6.1 The EAN.UCC Coding System
    6.2 UPC
    6.3 EAN
    6.4 Reduced Space Symbology (RSS)
7 -Symbology Comparison
    7.1 Symbology Efficiencies
8 -Bar Code Standards
    8.1 Symbology Standards
    8.2 Application Standards
    8.3 Data Identifiers
    8.4 Print Quality Standards
9 -Fundamentals of Bar Code Reading
    9.1 Electro-Optical System
    9.2 Analog-To-Digital Converter
    9.3 Wavelength
    9.4 Specular Reflections
    9.5 Resolution
    9.6 Depth of Field
    9.7 Processor
10 -Attended Bar Code Scanners
    10.1 Light Pens or Wands
    10.2 Handheld Laser Scanners
    10.3 CCD Scanners
    10.4 Card Scanners
    10.5 Terminals
    10.6 Interfacing Readers
    10.7 Retail POS Scanning
11 -Conveyor Bar Code Scanners
    11.1 Orientation-Dependent Laser Scanner
    11.2 Omnidirectional Laser Scanning
12 -Image-Based Scanning
    12.1 Hand Held Imagers
    12.2 Fixed Mount Imaging Scanners
13 -Printing Bar Code Symbols
    13.1 Off-Site Printing Techniques
    13.2 On-Site Printing Techniques
    13.3 Accessories for On-Site Printers
    13.4 Special Printing Techniques
    13.5 Media
14 -Printing Specifications and Symbol Quality
    14.1 Traditional Verification
    14.2 The ANSI And ISO/IEC Guidelines for Bar Code Print Quality
    14.3 Print Quality of 2-Dimensional Stacked Symbologies
    14.4 Print Quality Of 2-Dimensional Matrix Symbologies
15 -Direct Part Marking
    15.1 Introduction To Direct Part Marking (DPM)
    15.2 DPM Standards
    15.3 Marking Techniques For DPM
    15.4 Reading Techniques For DPM
    15.5 Verification Techniques For DPM
16 -Data Security
    16.1 Linear Symbology Data Security
    16.2 Symbology Performance Tests
    16.3 Effect of Print Quality
    16.4 Use of Check Characters
    16.5 Error Correction
17 -Data Communications
    17.1 ISO Model
    17.2 Signaling
    17.3 Synchronous Communication
    17.4 Error Protection
    17.5 Installation
    17.6 Local Area Networks
    17.7 Trends
18 -Wireless Data Networks
    18.1 Introduction to Radio Frequency Communication
    18.2 RF Data Transmission
    18.3 Spread Spectrum
    18.4 Wide Area Radio Frequency Networks
19 -Systems Design
    19.1 Definition Phase
    19.2 Analysis and Design Phases
    19.3 Implementation
    19.4 Open Vs. Closed Systems
20 -Applications
    20.1 Library Applications
    20.2 Inventory Control
    20.3 Work-in-Process Tracking
    20.4 MRP and MRP II Applications
    20.5 Flexible Manufacturing
    20.6 Receiving Applications
    20.7 Shipping Applications
    20.8 Route Accounting
    20.9 Electronic Data Interchange
    20.10 Retail Applications
    20.11 Tester Configuration
    20.12 Warehousing
    20.13 Health Care Applications
    20.14 Postal Applications
    20.15 Package Delivery
    20.16 Airline Applications
    20.17 Electronic Business
    20.18 Cashless Gambling
    20.19 Virtual Tickets
    20.20 Cellular Telephone Applications
21 -Is Bar Code Obsolete?
22 -Legal Aspects


A -Interleaved 2 of 5 Specification
B -Rationalized Codabar Specification
C -Code 39 Specification
D -Code 128 Specification
E -Code 93 Specification
F -93i Specification
G -Code 49 Specification
H -Code 16K Specification
I -PDF417 Specification
J -MicroPDF417 Specification Summary
K -Code One Specification
L -Data Matrix Specification
M -MaxiCode Specification
N -QR Code
P -Postnet Specification
Q -Four State Code Specification
R -Code 39 Printing Tolerance Derivation
S -Code 39 Error Rate Derivation
T -Data Identifiers & Application identifiers
U -Data Carrier Identifiers
V -GS1 Prefix Identifiers
W -Sources of Symbology Standards and Information
X -Relevant U.S. Patents
Y -Glossary of Terms


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