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Bar Code

A code placed on a product that a machine can read. Groceries and other products commonly have bar codes on them so a machine can display how much they cost. This ensures accurate prices are paid on retail goods. Bar codes were invented by a graduate student in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1948.

bar code

an alpha or alpha-numeric code, converted into a series of lines and spaces which are marked on products. Bar coding and the use of bar code scanners enables a firm to obtain accurate data quickly on its STOCK position to help with planning its reordering of goods; and can be used to adjust the prices of goods more easily than by replacing price tags. See EPOS.
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Google and Apple already are working with the 26 United States-based cell phone providers to adopt a standardized QR 2-D bar code reader technology.
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The company's product lines include 1-D bar-code readers, 2-D bar code readers, soft X-ray micro-focusing inspection systems and machine vision systems.
The product contains a unique 2-D bar code and encrypted data in the chip, which has biometrics and other security features.
Its Acuity Imaging and Northeast Robotic units provide 2-D machine vision and lighting solutions, its CiMatrix subsidiary manufactures automated data collection products, networks and 2-D bar code reading systems, and its Systemation subsidiary is a leader in electronic component processing systems.
IMTEC's High Speed Bar Code Label Applicator System accommodates both conventional and new 2-D bar code symbologies at line speeds up to 400 fpm.
It will capture information from either an RFID chip or a 1-D or 2-D bar code.