History

Bar Code Graphics history dates back to the beginning of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) Technology.

Timeline 

1970s –  First UPC symbol scanned at a grocery store in Ohio.  

  • On Thursday, June 26 1974, the first UPC symbol was scanned off of a pack of Wrigley Juicy Fruit Gum at Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
  • Bob Verb, founder of ScanGraphics (later Bar Code Graphics, Inc.) was an original member of the Uniform Code Council (UCC) technical STAT committee. The STAT Committee was organized to create the original UPC printing specifications, which were needed to enable widespread adoption of UPC symbols.
  • Enhanced our company’s original product offering of pre-press artwork to support OCR and printing applications and to include barcode film masters which were the original product needed in order to place a barcode directly onto packaging.

1980s – Bar Code Graphics, Inc. is founded.  

  • To focus on the emerging barcode technologies, Bar Code Graphics was established as an independent company and was incorporated in the state of Illinois.
  • The company developed products and services to support point of sale scanning including film master, preprinted label service bureau, and a proprietary DOS based barcode label software.
  • Bar Code Graphics continued work with development of barcode standards by being active in several Uniform Code Council Work Groups.
  •  Bar Code Graphics became a designated resource by several retailers in the U.S. to support a variety of barcode applications within their supply chains.

1990s – Bar Code Graphics launches Identification Labs.

  • Identification Labs was established as a wholly owned division dedicated to providing unbiased barcode testing analysis and certification services for our retail partners.
  • Developed proprietary a pre-press barcode artwork application, Precision Code, to support companies using desktop publishing applications and a need for high resolution .eps files.
  • Enhanced barcode label service bureau capabilities to include any/all types of barcode labels including UPC, tracking, 2D, UDI, GS1-128 shipping labels, and AIAG labels.
  • Joined the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Machine Readable Coding committee to establish barcoding standards for book publishing.
  • Participated in the UCC’s Quality Work Group to provide technical guidance and requirements for assessing barcode print quality.

2000s Global Standards (GS1) is created to support global adoption of barcodes. 

  • The Uniform Code Council and European Article Number organizations all become part of the GS1. Bar Code Graphics becomes a GS1 Solution Partner and joins several GS1 work groups to support the evolution of barcode standards.
  • Launches online portal (www.createbarcodes.com) to enable clients to order and manage barcode graphic files.  Bar Code Graphics’ proprietary barcode application, PrecisionCode, which powers createbarcodes.com, is certified by the GS1 US and is the only application to receive GS1 certification for software to create vector-based barcode files (.eps)
  • Launches online portal (orderbarcodelabels.com) to enable clients to order preprinted barcode labels.
  • Becomes an authorized agent for the US ISBN Agency (Bowker) and creates Publisher Services, a division of Bar Code Graphics.

2010s –  Expansion of Identification Labs to support industrial, retail and distribution supply chains.

  • Identification Labs expands service offerings to support supplier score cards, data migration, data catalogs, RFID, as well as several other specialized services.
  • Identification Labs develops barcode standards for a global company which is aligned with AIAG shipping label standards.
  • Increases the number associates who are certified GS1 Consultants and certified GS1 Professionals to nine.
  • Bar Code Graphics becomes a channel partner and authorized reseller for Motorola, Honeywell, Datalogic, and several other equipment manufacturers to enable complete solution offerings.
  • The Electronics Component Industry Association (ECIA) partners with Bar Code Graphics to provide comprehensive 2D barcode labeling certification for the entire industry.

 

What We Do

Bar Code Graphics innovates and supplies Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) Technology. We work with companies who need to put a barcode on something or need to scan one which is already on something.

We deliver value by:
  • Understanding client needs by speaking in a common language.
  • Extending customized services to deliver significant return on investment.
  • Aligning industry standards with best practices.
  • Offering products manufactured by manufacturers who are innovating in the use of AIDC Technology.
We exceed expectations by extending superior support.

As a trusted resource our role is to share our knowledge and experience to aid in the collaborative development of solutions for our clients.  We realize that creating successful business relationships is rooted in our clients having a positive experience in doing business with Bar Code Graphics.

Who We Are

We are the most experienced company specializing in barcode origination and print quality.  Our management team is composed of diverse group of professionals with backgrounds ranging from supply chain management, logistics, printing, publishing, computer science and accounting.  Our straightforward approach to addressing clients’ needs enables us to leverage our team’s specialties and deliver value driven solutions.

Business Units

Our company maintains four business units;

  • Barcode Generation – Graphic files and printed labels
  • Identification Labs – Barcode symbol quality certification
  • Publisher Services – ISBN assignments, book printing and related services
  • Hardware, Software, & Supplies – Scanning and mobility equipment, label printing and barcode labels.

Each business operates out of our corporate offices located in Chicago, Illinois to best coordinate our commitment toward our clients and partners.

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  • UPC (GTIN-12)

  • ISBN/Books

  • Medical/UDI

  • Supply Chain

  • Assets/Inventory

  • Coupon

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UPC (GTIN-12)

There are a variety of different types of barcodes. However, the UPC (Universal Product Number) symbol is the most recognized barcode in the United States, since it appears on almost every retail product. The UPC symbol is the barcode representation of the GTIN-12 which consists of twelve numeric characters that uniquely identify a company’s individual product. The GTIN-12 number is part of the family of GS1 global data structures that employ 14 digits and can be encoded into various types of data carriers.

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ISBN/Books

A requirement for selling a book through booksellers, wholesalers, and distributors is the assignment of unique ISBN numbers for each title and for each book to be marked with a Bookland EAN barcode.

The Bookland symbol allows for encodation of ISBNs (the numbers publishers use to identify their products). Since an ISBN is unique to one particular title (or product), the corresponding Bookland EAN symbol is a title-specific marking which is unique for that title. For example, if a title is available in hard cover, soft cover and as an e-book, three unique ISBN Bookland EAN bar codes are required.

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Medical/UDI

The FDA UDI Mandate is part of a comprehensive healthcare traceability initiative to improve patient safety.  The Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirement is rooted in holding each member of the supply chain responsible for ensuring each medical device is marked with a UDI barcode with data maintained on the FDA’s GUDID universal database.

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Supply Chain

Logistic barcodes such as the GS1-128 Shipping Label are used to track movement of a shipment within a supply chain.  Since suppliers are making shipments to a variety of trading partners it is essential to integrate the relevant standards and current technology.  The use of EDI and 2D barcodes which can encode much more data has transformed many supply chains.

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Assets/Inventory

The first step in designing an asset tracking system is to determine whether you are working with assets or inventory.  Assets are any items a company uses internally such as tools, equipment, furniture etc.  Inventory are items which are sold, distributed or used by a company.  The distinction between Assets and Inventory is essential in regards to how the items will be marked, scanned and stored.

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Coupon

The successful integration of GS1 DataBar Coupons has dramatically improved many promotions.  The interhent features including; value codes and automatic expiration date checking for retailers, has enabled more efficient redemption, much better security and better metrics to measure the performance of a campaign.

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