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Barcode Verification

Verification reports are test scan results of printed barcode images. These barcode test scans are made on very sophisticated verification machines. The reports tell us how easily and accurately the barcode images scan. The barcode is given a grade – a passing grade is A, B, C or D. The report also provides specific details about the various parameters of the barcode. Some retailers require barcode verification for all new products entering their stores. They are normally only required by Foodstuffs and Bunnings.

Our verification tests are performed using the latest technology to internationally accepted barcode standards. If your retailer requires verification, make your order below & then post/courier your barcode to us (on its final printed label or packaging). Reports take up to 2 days after receiving your barcode. We will test and then email the verification report to you.

Barcode Verification requires that your barcode image adheres to strict regulations. Please see Barcode Dimensions for more details on what your barcode requires to pass verification. If you wish to verify another barcode (i.e. ITF-14), please ask us about the specifications for other barcodes.

To learn more about verification, watch our short video explainer.Watch-now-button

Please note that our verification machine can only verify EAN-13 and UPC-A barcode images between 80% and 135% magnification.

  • Verification Report

    Verification report for your completed artwork or finally printed packaging.

    Price:   $ 59

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“Do I need barcode verification?”

Some retailers require barcode verification for all new products entering their stores (you need to check with your retailer to see whether this is required). Other companies conduct these tests themselves on new products they are accepting.

Verification reports can also be performed on your artwork before printing. This is an excellent way to determine whether your barcode is likely to be readable when it is finally printed. NOTE that verification reports on artwork do not guarantee that the final printed barcode will scan well, as there can be errors in the final barcode printing process.

The safest process is to have a barcode verification report performed on your artwork, and another performed on your final printed product.

If you would like a verification report (for your artwork or final printed barcode), please purchase the above & then send us a copy of your barcode. Post or courier the final printed barcode to us (as printed on its label or packaging). Our address is on our contact page.

“How can I make sure my barcodes pass verification?”

About 12% of the barcodes our customers have sent to us in the past failed verification. The standards that a barcode needs to meet to pass verification are quite high. If you are getting your barcodes verified, please read the following information to ensure that your barcode complies with the standards and criteria before sending it to us for verification:
1. The official barcode standards
2. How to pass barcode verification

Interpretation of failed reports:

We provide verification reports. We do not interpret failed verification reports. Please discuss your verification report with your printer.

The seven parameters verification looks at;

  • Modulation – how much the contrast between black and white varies across the barcode, as some parts can be blacker than others.
  • Defects – dark marks in white spaces and white marks on black bars.
  • Decodability – how accurate the different widths of the bars and spaces of the barcode are.
  • Decode – whether the light margins on each side (left and right white spaces), the encoding of data, and the check digit are all correct.
  • Symbol contrast – how black and white it appears to the scanning machine.
  • Minimum reflectance – whether the dark bars are sufficiently different from the white spaces (hence, be careful when printing on coloured backgrounds).
  • Edge contrast minimum – The least distinct difference between a bar and space.

Further information about verifiers:

A Barcode Verifier

A barcode verifier is not the same as a barcode scanner. A barcode scanner is typically a mass-produced item that interfaces with a computer, providing machine recognition of the information (data) encoded in a barcode image. Using a scanner to test or read a barcode only assures that the scanned barcode has some area on it readable by that barcode scanner. Hence, the better the barcode scanner, the less barcode quality assurance is maintained (e.g. a good barcode scanner could read a poor-quality barcode image).

In contrast, a barcode verifier is a precision machine designed to predict how easily typical barcode scanners will read the barcode. The barcode verifier can decode, measure and check the quality of barcode images and indicate any areas that need to be improved.


Understanding the Verification Report

For more information about understanding the results of a test report, see this link on the Axicon website.