ASTM F1851 - 98(2009)

    Standard Practice for Bar Code Verification

    Active Standard ASTM F1851 | Developed by Subcommittee: F05.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.09


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    Significance and Use

    This test method provides a way to measure and quantify bar code print quality using commercially available bar code verifiers. Possible uses include the following.

    Performance comparisons between media supplied by different manufacturers.

    Performance comparisons between imaging materials supplied by different manufacturers.

    Performance comparisons between printers supplied by different manufacturers.

    Performance comparisons between different printing methods.

    Research and development evaluation of developmental coatings, ribbons and media for various printing methods for bar code imaging.

    Manufacturing process control can use this test method to audit product performance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes a specific procedure for using a bar code verifier to measure and quantify the optical and symbology characteristics relative to the print quality of a bar code symbol and its performance within a bar code reading system. Measurements taken with bar code verifiers should conform to ANSI ANS X3.1821995 [R] methodology. Various printing methods including direct thermal, thermal transfer, electrophotographic, dot matrix, and ink jet methods are used to produce bar code symbols. Use of this procedure will help assure repeatability of measurements between operators and pieces of equipment and traceability of those measurements.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1294 Terminology Relating to Automatic Identification Hard Copy Printing Systems

    ANSI Standard

    ANSIANSX3.182– Bar Code Print Quality Guideline Available from American National Standards Institute (ANSI), 25 W. 43rd St., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036, http://www.ansi.org.

    AIM Standard

    AIMUSA Laymans Guide to ANSI Print Quality Available from AIM USA, 634 Alpha Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15238.

    Military Standard

    MIL-STD105E Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes Available from Standardization Documents Order Desk, Bldg. 4D, 700 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111-5094.


    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 43211701(Bar code reader equipment)


    DOI: 10.1520/F1851-98R09

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