How To Find The Right Barcode For Your Business

When it comes to barcodes it can be a bit overwhelming when you see the various choices in front of you. What is a code 128 or a BarDIMM? In this article we are going to look over the different types of barcode and help you find the ideal one to suit your business.

Code 128

This can be used for both alphanumeric and numeric information. Each code includes 103 data symbols, 3 start symbols and 2 stop symbols, each contained within three black and white bars that have various widths. These are very widely used, in everything from ID badges to inventory and shipping.


Simply put this is a system that allows you to use your printer to print out barcodes. The main benefit of this is that anything you print out using this system can be read horizontally and vertically.


This is short for “Systems Applications and Products”. These are put in without the need for “middleware”, additional programs to convert printers. It is also possible to get specific barcodes for printers, such as HP and LaserJet barcodes as well, ideal if you already have one of these.


It is estimated that barcodes could potentially save the NHS a billion pounds, by making the processing of prescriptions more efficient. If you run your own pharmacy this could help improve efficiency for you as well. In this instance, mistakes could have potentially big implications, so it is worth minimising these as much as possible (recent estimates suggest 1 in 40 keystrokes by humans are errors, compared to around 1 in 500,000 for automatic sytems).


When it comes to choosing a system, it helps to know what you want. For example, if you want to print onto carboard then you will need something designed to suit that. Another example is if you want to put a code onto an arm bracelet, as certain colours work better than others (this is especially useful if you want to track people going into a nightclub or festival, something that could be especially important when you want to track numbers and ensure people’s safety.)

We can help

The initial investment in printing these codes is relatively inexpensive, and most companies will have a printer that can be used for this, and there are numerous software options available.

The reason that it is worth investing in these systems is in terms of increased productivity and efficiency it can make a huge difference. Being able to monitor stock more effectively, know who is coming in and out of your business, better tracking of ship and inventory, all of these things are massively beneficial.

If you are considering using barcodes for your business, it helps to talk to someone who knows what they are talking about. Top Barcode offers a wide range of solutions ideal for you. Contact us today and we will be happy to discuss the options available to you, allowing you to get the most possible benefit from the packages that are available.