Axicon Barcode Verifiers2022-09-28T15:35:59+00:00

We provide Axicon barcode verifiers which are used across the globe and are fully compliant with the international ISO/IEC standards for both linear and matrix bar codes.  These verifiers are used to measure the quality of printed barcodes, on all levels of product packaging. The Axicon range of verifiers has been developed to ensure that the quality of printed barcodes in use throughout the supply chain can be measured and graded. As the size of these barcodes can vary a great deal, we have developed three different series of verifiers for conventional, linear barcodes, and two series of verifiers that can be used to assess two-dimensional or matrix bar codes.

Axicon provides a wide range of verifiers that includes point-of-sale barcode verifiers, mid-range barcode verifiers, traded unit barcode verifiers, high-speed range verifiers, 1D/2D barcode verifiers, in-line barcode verifiers, portable barcode verifiers, and industrial IP-50 & IP-65 rated verifiers.

AXICON Barcode Verifier Family

Axicon Auto ID is an approved solution partner with GS1 UK and continues to work with GS1 and other international standards bodies to support the use of standards throughout all supply chains.

Barcodes used at the retail point of sale

The barcodes that may be used here are EAN-13, EAN-8, UPC-A, and UPC-E symbols, and they can be verified by the 6015 or 6515 series verifiers.  The maximum width of the barcode that can be verified with the 6015 series is 66 mm, while the maximum for the 6515 series is 125 mm.  The 6015 is better suited to check barcodes on awkwardly shaped products than the 6515 as its head is smaller, and designed to cope with curved surfaces

Barcodes used on outer cases and logistics labels

EAN-13, UPC-A, ITF-14, and GS1-128 bar codes may all be used on outer cases. GS1-128 barcodes are used on logistics labels (pallet labels).  These barcodes are larger than those used at the retail point of sale, with a maximum width of 165.1 mm.  This means that they need to be verified using the 7000 series verifiers, or the 6500 series if you know that the widest symbols you need to check will be no wider than 125mm. Users that need to be able to check all sizes of GS1 barcodes will need two verifiers, a 6015 series and a 7015 series verifier. The 6515 series by itself is perfect if you never need to check symbols wider than 125 mm.

Barcodes used to represent GLNs, GIAIs, GRAIs, or other GS1-defined keys

The barcode generally used to encode GLNs (location numbers) or GIAIs (asset numbers) will be GS1-128, and they will often be printed onto labels before being used.  The 6015 or 6515 series verifiers will be perfect for these barcodes, depending on the width of the barcode.

Two-dimensional (2D) barcodes

These will be GS1 DataMatrix symbols, and usually marked directly onto the metal surface. Used to identify pharmaceutical products, often prescription drugs, and animal healthcare products. These GS1 DataMatrix symbols usually encode the GTIN for the product, its expiry date, and its batch number. Any of the 15000 verifiers may be used.  The choice of which of the 15000 series will be determined by the size of the largest GS1 DataMatrix symbol that needs to be verified.

 The S-versions of the 6015, 6515, and 7015 verifiers

These verifiers have a continuous scan option which means an operator can capture multiple reads through the height of the symbol with only one operation.  The verifier itself has to be moved across the barcode to achieve this, and this technique is quickly learned.  This means that the verification process is faster and uses more than the minimum of ten scans that the international standards require.

Why Should you Choose Axicon?

Each verifier is designed to reduce the effect of ambient light on the accuracy of the readings, and will not damage the barcode being verified.  The positions of the LEDs and the CCD-based sensor are fixed to make sure that the correct angle of illumination is used, and this is one reason why the verifiers produce consistent and repeatable accurate results.

The international ISO/IEC standards for barcode print quality and barcode verifiers stipulate how each size of the barcode should be assessed, and Axicon verifiers automatically adjust the sampling area (referred to by different aperture reference numbers) required to do this.

The Software

The results of each verification are analyzed and displayed very clearly, and the Axicon software is continually developed to make using the verifiers as simple and as helpful as possible.  Very detailed information is available from each scan for experienced users, and much simpler pass or fail options can be provided for those who only want to know if each symbol is good enough.   The verifiers can provide results using the 4-0 scale defined by the ISO/IEC standards, but if you prefer to use the A-D, and F for fail scale used by the equivalent ANSI standard this is also possible.

Every scan file from each verification can be saved in a special Axicon format that can be read by anyone who downloads the free software from the Axicon website, or they can be saved in a text format.  The .scn files from Axicon offer more ways of analyzing the data, and these can easily be sent by e-mail for remote diagnostics.  The Axicon software is also available in 15 languages.

Data Analysis

The data content of each barcode can also be analyzed by optional plugins that are added to the software.  These can check, for example, that the data is valid for a particular application and formatted correctly.  This analysis can also be linked to your product database to check that a valid product number is being encoded and that any dates are accurate.

Calibration

Any verifier must be calibrated regularly to ensure it is working correctly, and all calibration records are automatically logged.  The software will prompt users to recalibrate after a certain period, and it is possible to prevent uncalibrated equipment from being used.

Benefits of Barcode Verification

  • Ensure consistency of your printing process
  • Verify compliance with GS-1 and ISO Barcode Standards
  • Maximize the efficiency of your manufacturing process
  • Real-time quality control as you verify the output from your printer or code marking equipment
  • Validate text and barcodes for 100% traceability
  • Minimize returned goods due to bad labels
  • Increased customer satisfaction

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