Designing a First Class Barcode Label
Barcode technology is the easiest way to identify and track inventory, equipment, files and even people. Affix a barcode label to each item, scan the data into a central database and retrieve or modify the info as needed. It is an efficient, cost effective way to know the location and condition of your assets.
A barcode solution is also accurate so you can have confidence in the count and whereabouts of your products. You can design an app to build in notifications such as reorder alerts or scheduled maintenance. You can even use the data for performance management and planning.
First, though, you want to design a first class barcode label. RMS Omega’s specialists can help you choose a software option that helps you create professional looking labels just by following instructions usually available on a video tutorial. Below is a review of the components of barcode labels and the typical steps you take in creating a design.
Select a pre-designed template from a selection that will generate compliance labels. Most templates begin with sample texts to see what works for you. Using the pull down menus, you can modify the format by changing the size of the screen and by drawing horizontal and vertical dividing lines to organize the information.
The symbology of the barcode is the arrangement of the bars and spaces in a scannable representation of data. There are two main barcode designs:
- Linear symbology which is an arrangement of vertical lines and spaces that is read from left to right
- Two dimensional (2D) symbology which organizes the data both vertically and horizontally and can hold up to 1300 characters in a smaller space than linear
The barcode design software offers dozens, if not hundreds of components that include many symbology options and international barcode standards. You can pick and choose the best one for your operation. The barcode you insert usually has sample data which you replace with input from your data source.
Then, you can make other changes to the barcode. For example, you might want to change the typeface and size of the font. The last step is to adjust the size of the barcode image and position it correctly.
Text and Graphics
You might then want to add text and graphics to increase the barcode’s usefulness and uniqueness. Graphics such as a logo or a product picture can be imported from an external file or database or chosen from options provided by the software. Perhaps a shape such as an arrow would emphasize the message on the label; there is a selection of shapes in the software. Drag in whatever graphics you choose and position and size them appropriately.
Use a text box to insert any other words or letters that will add to the information on the barcode. For example, you might want a purchase order number or a manufacturer name. You are also able to add another barcode, even with a different symbology.
Once the label design is complete, you are ready to select and configure a connection to the database, usually through a wizard. Then, you can connect the template objects to database fields.
Choosing Barcode Label Design Software
RMS Omega can work with you to discuss your particular barcode label needs and what design software might be best for you to install. You will want to consider how intuitive the software is to use and the capacity of you or your employees to do this design work.