Storing Data in Labels – Traceability and Data Matrix Codes

Much like QR codes, Data Matrix codes are a new, high tech take on an old design. Like barcodes, they’re specially designed to hold data. Due to their two-dimensional design, they can hold much more data than a standard one-dimensional barcode.

Both QR codes and Data Matrix codes are capable of storing data. But where QR codes have found widespread use as marketing tools, Data Matrix codes have been employed extensively as a way to track and trace individual products. One reason for this is that Data Matrix codes are more secure than QR codes, making them the logical choice for more sensitive data.

A single Data Matrix code can contain a manufacturer ID and part number that are uniform across a product line, as well as a unique serial number used only on that one specific item. This allows manufacturers to more easily isolate products for recall. Additional applications include inventory stock checks, and keeping track of when parcel items are sent and delivered. Lastly, Data Matrix codes are readable by scanners at a very small scale, making them ideal choices for labeling small parts such as electronic components.

As is the case with QR codes, it simply takes the right software to create a Data Matrix code, software that we possess here at Star Label. So if you’re looking to improve traceability across your product line, we have the perfect solution for you. Labels are what we do here. No matter what new technology comes along, if it has to do with labeling, you can count on Star Label Products.