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Barcode Technology - EAN-128
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EAN-128 barcode, also known as
GS1-128/UCC-128. The GS1-128
standard is an application
standard within the Code
128 barcode. It identifies data
with Application Identifiers
The GS1-128 is a special form of
the Code 128. It's used for
goods and palettes in commerce
and industry. The name
GS1-128 replaces the old name
EAN/UCC 128. There can be coded
more than one data field inside
one barcode. For example a food
palette gets a barcode with the
product number (e.g. the EAN 13
number) and additional the
weight and the pull date.
You simply enter the human
readable line including the
will removes the brackets and
codes the EAN/UCC 128 code
EAN-128/GS1-128/UCC-128 is one of the many
barcode formats currently in
A Barcode is a method of
representing data in a visual,
The barcode formats has two
One-dimensional (1D) ---
Barcodes represented data by
varying the widths and spacings
of parallel lines.
Two-dimensional (2D) --- Using
rectangles, dots, hexagons and
other geometric patterns to
EAN-128/GS1-128/UCC-128 is 1D barcode.
The barcode program will removes
the brackets, the barcode number
EAN-128 is variable with
no fixed length.
The program will calculates and
add the check digit
UCC/EAN-128 was developed to
provide a worldwide format and
standard for exchanging common
data between companies. While
other bar codes simply encode
data with no respect for what
the data represents, UCC/EAN-128
encodes data and encodes what
that data represents.
For example, you could encode
the weight 18.55 pounds in a
Standard 2 of 5 bar code by
simply encoding the digits 2056.
However, an application reading
the bar code would not know
whether 1855 is a product code,
a price, a time (1855 could be
18:55, which is 6:55PM), a lot
number or, in this case, the
weight in pounds. Even if it did
know it was a weight, the
application would not know
whether the number represented
1855 pounds or 18.55 pounds--or
perhaps the weight was expressed
UCC/EAN-128 solves this problem.
UCC/EAN-128 has a list of
"Application Identifiers" (AI).
Each AI tells the system what
kind of data will follow and in
what format. For example, AI 320
indicates that the data that
follows is a net weight in
pounds. The next digit indicates
the number of digits after the
decimal point, followed by 6
digits which express the weight.
In our example above,
18.55pounds would be expressed
as AI 3202 (the trailing 2 means
there are 2 digits after the
decimal point), followed by
001855 which represents the
weight right-justified within a
6-digit field. Thus our above
example becomes UCC/EAN-128
3202001855. This UCC/EAN-128
could be scanned and
successfully interpreted by any
In addition to the advantage of
compatibility worldwide between
users of UCC/EAN-128, the format
has the benefit of being able to
be expanded without making
existing systems obsolete. If a
new Application Identifier is
needed, it can simply be added
to the standard. Existing
applications using existing AI's
will not be adversely affected.
That is, the 3202 AI still will
apply for a weight in pounds
with two decimal points of
Most barcodes display their
corresponding values below them,
which makes it possible to human
read and manually enter
the barcode values into the
equivalent system when the
barcode label is worn out and
cannot be read by the barcode
The Advantages of using
If you want to reduce costs and
save time, using barcodes is a
good choice. Whether you are a
company or a non-commercial
organization, to improve
efficiency and reduce overhead,
barcodes are a valuable and
viable option, which is
economical and reliable.
Using Barcode system eliminates
the possibility of human error.
The error rate of manually
entering data is
significantly higher than that
of scan barcodes. Barcode
scanning is fast and reliable,
and it takes much less time than
manual data entry. Especially
when using a QR code, hundreds
of characters can be read and
entered into your system
The barcode system provide
better data. Because a barcode
can store various information
such as inventory and pricing,
especially when using QR Code,
it can store thousands of
characters, so the data stored
in the barcode can be quickly
obtained by the barcode reader,
this fast turnaround ensures
that time is not wasted on data
entry or retrieval. In addition,
the barcode can be customized to
include other relevant
information as needed. They
provide fast and reliable data
for various applications.
When barcodes are used in
management information systems,
they can promote better
decision-making. Because data is
obtained quickly and accurately,
you can quickly obtain a full
range of information for the
entire company or organization,
so it is possible to make more
informed decisions. Better
decisions can ultimately save
time and money.
Barcodes are cheap and
user-friendly, providing an
indispensable tool for tracking
data from pricing to inventory.
The end result of a
comprehensive bar code system is
FAQ About EAN-128 Barcode
What is the
historical origin of the EAN-128 barcode?
barcode (also known as GS1-128) is developed from the Code-128
barcode and is a barcode symbol that can identify more trade
It adopts the EAN/UCC-128
code standard and can represent production date, batch number,
measurement and other information.
scope includes freight stack labels, portable databases,
continuous data segments, circulation and distribution labels,
Which industries use
can be used to identify storage and transportation units or
logistics unit information of goods, such as production date,
batch number, measurement, etc.
industry applications include shipping labels, portable
databases, continuous data segments, logistics distribution
can also be used for products that contain a variety of data,
such as weight, dimensions, opening date, destination, customer
account number, etc.
What is the
difference between EAN-128 barcode and Code-128?
difference between EAN-128 barcode and Code-128 barcode is the
application scope and data format.
The Code-128 barcode can be used for automatic identification in
any management system, while the EAN-128 barcode must be used in
the EAN/UCC system to represent the information of the storage
and transportation unit or logistics unit of the commodity.
must also carry application identifiers to represent different
data types, such as production date, batch number, etc.
does not have this requirement and only requires a start mark,
data area, check character and terminator.
What are the
application identifiers of the EAN-128 barcode?
identifier of the EAN-128 barcode is a number of prefixes used
to identify different data types.
For example, 00 represents the serialized shipping unit, 01
represents the global trade item number, 02 represents the
internal number of the trade item, 10 represents the batch
number, 11 represents the production date, 15 represents the
shelf life, etc.
The complete list
of application identifiers can be viewed on the GS1 official
Who developed the
EAN-128 barcode standard? Why develop this standard?
barcode standard is developed by the European Article Numbering
Association (EAN) and the United States Uniform Code Committee (UCC).
The purpose is to
identify variable product information in trade units in
international circulation, such as production date, batch
number, measurement, etc.
What are EAN, UCC
EAN, UCC and GS1
are all commodity coding organizations or systems.
EAN is the
European Article Numbering Association, UCC is the United States
Uniform Code Committee, and GS1 is the Global Article Numbering
Organization. It is the new name after the merger of EAN and UCC.
Both EAN and UCC
have developed a set of standards for using digital codes to
identify goods, services, assets and locations. These codes can
be represented by barcode symbols to facilitate electronic
reading required for business processes. GS1-128 barcode is the
new name of UCC/EAN-128 barcode. It is a subset of the Code 128
character set and complies with the international standard of
GS1. UPC and EAN are both commodity codes in the GS1 system. UPC
is mainly used in the United States and Canada, and EAN is
mainly used in other countries and regions, but they can be
converted to each other.
GS1 is the
abbreviation of International Article Numbering Organization.
GS1 is a
non-profit international organization that develops and
maintains its own barcode standards and corresponding issuing
company prefixes. The most well-known of these standards is the
barcode, a symbol printed on a product that can be
GS1 has 116 local
member organizations and over 2 million user businesses. Its
main office is located in Brussels (Avenue Louise).
In 1969, the
American retail industry was looking for a way to speed up the
checkout process in stores. The Ad Hoc Committee on Unified
Grocery Product Identification Codes was formed to find
In 1973, the
organization selected the Universal Product Code (UPC) as the
first single standard for unique product identification. In
1974, the Uniform Code Committee (UCC) was formed to administer
the standard. On June 26, 1974, a pack of Wrigley's gum became
the first product with a barcode that could be scanned in
In 1976, the
original 12-digit code was expanded to 13 digits, allowing the
identification system to be used outside the United States. In
1977, the European Article Numbering Association (EAN) was
established in Brussels with founding members from 12 countries.
In 1990, EAN and
UCC signed a global cooperation agreement and expanded its
overall business to 45 countries. In 1999, EAN and UCC
established the Auto-ID Center to develop the Electronic Product
Code (EPC) to enable the GS1 standard for RFID.
In 2004, EAN and
UCC launched the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), a
global Internet-based initiative that enables trading partners
to efficiently exchange product master data.
By 2005, the
organization was operating in more than 90 countries and began
using the GS1 name worldwide. Although "GS1" is not an acronym,
it refers to an organization that provides a global system of
In August 2018,
the GS1 Web URI structure standard was approved, allowing unique
IDs to be added to products by storing URIs (webpage-like
addresses) as QR codes.
What are the
characteristics of the EAN-128 barcode?
barcode is a barcode used to identify information about goods or
logistics units. It uses the logic of the Code-128 code, but
adds an application identifier (AI) to distinguish different
completeness and can express more information, such as
production date, quantity, batch number, specifications, etc.
It's compact and
saves space because each character is made up of 11 modules
instead of 14.
It is continuous
and can connect multiple data segments without the need for
additional start or end characters.
It is highly
reliable and improves recognition accuracy because it uses a
signed checksum and a checksum.
It must comply
with the regulations of the EAN/UCC system and cannot use custom
data formats at will.
specialized readers and software to parse application
identifiers and data content.
It may suffer
from data redundancy or inconsistency, as different application
identifiers may represent the same or similar information.
What are the
industry applications of EAN-128 barcode?
of EAN-128 barcodes in various industries is mainly used to
identify additional information on commodities or logistics
units, such as packaging type, product serial number, delivery
postal code, etc. It can be used in the following situations:
Used to identify the transportation information of the goods,
such as the serial number, weight, destination, etc. of the
database: used to store and transmit large amounts of data, such
as inventory, orders, invoices, etc.
segment: used to connect multiple data segments to form a
complete barcode, such as marking batch number, expiration date,
production date, etc. on drug packaging.
delivery label: used to identify the delivery information of the
logistics unit, such as delivery postal code, consignee,
use EAN-128 barcodes?
can be used worldwide as long as the regulations of the EAN/UCC
system are followed.
However, it is
mainly used in production and logistics rather than retail. In
the retail field, the EAN-13 code or UPC-A code is more commonly
between EAN-128/GS1-128 barcode and GS1
GS1 is an
international organization responsible for developing and
managing systems for the identification of goods and services.
barcode is a barcode in the GS1 system that is used to represent
additional information on goods or logistics units, such as
application identifiers, production dates, batch numbers, etc.
is the new name of EAN-128 barcode, and their encoding rules and
structures are the same.
barcode can also be called the UCC-128 barcode because it was
jointly developed by the predecessor organizations of GS1, EAN
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