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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.
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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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The Denver "sortation center" is managed by five "flow control specialists" who rely on software to oversee inbound and outbound packages, the company said.
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The S-3000CB cross-belt sorter provides accurate, high-speed transportation and sortation of items that present difficulties during traditional sortation, such as fragile products and hard-to-grip packages.
With loose paper it is also easier to do a sortation to pull out more of the contaminants.
Meanwhile, the company's South Boston and Ardmore units are being enlarged and fitted with second sortation systems for handling packages.
* FKI Logistex automation division, Cincinnati, offers the Boss Sorter Control Module specifically designed for high-speed sortation applications up to 600 feet a minute and more than 200 cartons a minute.
These processes include solvent-based separation of PVC, delamination and sortation of multi-material composites like car dashboards, and high-speed automatic resin identification for post-consumer packaging.
A member company of FKI Logistex, Danville, KY, Crisplant designs and manufactures advanced sortation systems.
When it comes to fully automated tilt tray sortation systems, Beumer Corporation of Plainfield, New Jersey, USA, is never out of sorts.