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Norman Joseph Woodland - Co-Inventor of Bar Code Has Died

Norman Joseph Woodland

Six decades ago on a Florida beach a young man, a former boy scout, knelt down and slid his fingers through the sand to draw out a design idea for the very first bar code. That young man was Norman Joseph Woodland. Norman put his fingers in the sand and impulsively drew them back to make four lines. According to an interview he did with Smithsonian Magazine in 1999 he thought to himself "Golly! Now I have four lines and they could be wide lines or narrow lines instead of dots and dashes." The lines in the sand were just the beginning; seconds later he drew a completely circular shape similar to a bull's-eye. The idea would later evolve into the modern bar code which adorns almost every product of contemporary life including groceries, industrial products, cars and electrical components. That bull's-eye symbol in the sand gave birth to millions of bar coding applications world over and remains one of the biggest industrial advances of modern time.

Printronix Wishes the Barcode a Happy 60th Birthday

Happy 60th Birthday to the Barcode

Printronix owes a lot to Barcodes. In fact, our Chairman, Bob Kleist was an early pioneer in the technology, helping to develop and test many early barcode systems in the burgeoning period prior to founding Printronix in the 70's. The first line matrix barcode application was in paper mills, where Printronix printers could operate in a hostile environment and print large barcode labels, large enough for a fork lift operator to read from a distance.  This was quickly followed by barcode applications in other manufacturing environments, particularly automotive and retail distribution.  Many of Printronix customers power their businesses with barcodes. Our Online Data Validation (ODV) option for our flagship T5000r thermal barcode printer, for example, helps businesses eliminate the costs associated with bad bar codes by scanning a barcode as it is printed, striking through bad labels and automatically printing new ones.  

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Happy Birthday to the Bar Code

Printronix Bar Code

It's hard to believe it has been 38 years since the Bar Code was first born.

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