Barcoding Tips: How to Apply Barcode Labels

If you print out your own bar code labels, you may have a few questions about how to properly apply your labels onto items in your warehouse. While it may seem like common knowledge, there are a couple of things you should be aware of to ensure that your bar code labels are adhered properly. Harsh warehouse conditions and elements such as grease, oil, moisture and dirt can interfere as you are trying to apply your barcode labels, leading to wasted labels.

Follow these simple steps to ensure that your bar code labels remain on your products each and every time:

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  • Clean the application surface with an industrial cleaning solution. This will remove any unwanted impurities and allow the labels to adhere to the surface of your product or item.
  • Once the surface is clean, apply the bar code label. Once the protective liner is removed, hold the bar code label by the edges in order to avoid touching the exposed adhesive. Apply the bar code label firmly and use a roller to remove any excess air from underneath the label.
  • Store your bar code labels in a cool, dry place.  This will ensure that your labels retain their adhesive properties. Labels stored in areas of high humidity or direct sunlight will lose their adhesive quickly, resulting in having to buy additional labels.
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If your company does not print out its own bar code labels, you should consider investing in bar code label printing software. Scanco offers several Sage 100 label printing (formerly MAS 90 label printing software and MAS 200 label printing software) and Sage 500 label printing (formerly MAS 500 label printing software) solutions to fit all of your barcoding needs.