Most companies that need large volumes of labels, use external printers. If you need a small volume of labels, then you can print them from your office or warehouse. Free software for generating bar codes in house is readily available on the worldwide web. Most dot matrix printers are not suitable for printing bar codes. The best type of printer to use are thermal transfer and laser printers.
You will also need to take into consideration the durability of the image. The barcodes should last for approximately two years and they should be able to survive up to 10 scans. Do you know what type of barcode you need? Check the with GS1 before you start. These are a selection of online UPC Code generators. Before you can use these UPC generators, you will need to obtain a company prefix from GS1 US. You can find out how to do this at the Buy UPC page.
Terry Burton’s Online Bar Code Generator
Terry Burton’s Online Bar Code Generator (link) is great if you know exactly what you are looking for. You can download barcodes in the following formats: JPEG, EPS and PNG. This is the most comprehensive bar code generator, which supports the following barcode formats:
UPC, EAN, ISBN, ISSN, ISMN, SSCC-18, , GS1-128, EAN-14, Code 93, Code 39, Italian Pharmacode, ITF-14, PZN, Code 2 of 5, GS1 DataBar, Code 11, Code 16K, Codablock F, Code 49, Codabar, MSI, Plessey, Telepen, Pharmacode, , PosiCode, PDF417, Channel Code MicroPDF417, GS1 DataMatrix, QR Code, Aztec Code, MaxiCode, Data Matrix, Code One, USPS PLANET, USPS POSTNET, USPS Intelligent Mail, RM4SCC, KIX, AusPost, JapanPost, HIBC, GS1 Composite, USPS FIM symbols.
This barcode and UPC generator is free, but you do have the option to make a donation, if you are creating a large amount of bar codes.
Bar Code Tech Bar Code Generator
This free online bar code generator (link) generates linear codes, 2D codes, mobile tagging, GS1 Databar, EAN, UPC, GS1, Code-128, QR-Code, Data Matrix, PDF417, Post-Barcodes, ISBN…
GS1 US Data Driver
GS1 are the organisation responsible for issuing the company prefixes for barcodes. The company aims to set standards, using unique numbers, for global use to ensure the reliable identification of products and assets. These standards ensure that everyone is speaking the same language, when it comes to locating, transporting and trading goods.
GS1 have a data driver that is available for free for all members of GS1 US. The Data Driver is a simple, easy to use online tool that can help you create, manage and print barcodes. It does not require any technological knowledge.
This is a free video, which takes you through how to use the Data Driver:
These guidelines can help you with using the data driver and generate UPC and barcodes.
Bar Code Generator
This bar code generator (link) has several different bar code generators. It will generate the following bar codes:
We hope this barcode und UPC generator overview and list of different provider has helped you in making the right choice.