ISO Quality Standards for barcodes and matrixcodes

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For EAN Codes

International Standard ISO/IEC 15420 and ISO/IEC 15416 was prepared by Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information Technology, Subcommittee SC 31, Automatic Identification and Data Capture Techniques.

All our verifiers provide two different evaluations for EAN Codes:

  1. ISO/IEC 15420 which includes bar by bar measurements, quiet-zones, print contrast symbol, light margin infringements, bars and space, check character errors.
  2. ISO / IEC 15416 which includes decode, symbol contrast, edge contrast, modulation, Rmin/Rmax, defects and decodability .

The ISO/IEC 15420 evaluation is good or failed.
The ISO / IEC 15416 evaluation is:

ANSI A and CEN 4very good
ANSI B and CEN 3good
ANSI C and CEN 2satisfying
ANSI D and CEN 1not satisfying
ANSI F and CEN 0failed

Table 1: Quality Classification in ISO / IEC 15416

ClassificationRmin*Symbol ContrastECmin*ModulationDefectsDecodability
A = 4≤ 0.5 Rmax≥ 70 %≥ 15 %≥ 0.70≤ 0.15≥ 0.62
B = 3 ≥ 55 % ≥ 0.60≤ 0.20≥ 0.50
C = 2 ≥ 40 % ≥ 0.50≤ 0.25≥ 0.37
D = 1 ≥ 20 % ≥ 0.40≤ 0.30≥ 0.25
F = 0> 0.5 Rmax< 20 %< 15 %< 0.40> 0.30< 0.25

*EC = Edgecontrast; R = Reflexion