1 February 1991 Optical properties of barcode symbols for laser scanning
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Proceedings Volume 1384, High-Speed Inspection Architectures, Barcoding, and Character Recognition; (1991) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.25317
Event: Advances in Intelligent Robotics Systems, 1990, Boston, MA, United States
Not all bar code symbols are alike. This paper will discuss the characteristics of bar code symbols which can make or break a bar code laser scanner''s performance in a specific application. These characteristics can be broken down into three catergories: Substrates " inks" ( inks toners dyes etc. ) and the light source used to read the symbol. The characteristics of the substrate can be further separated into three groups: the medium used the scattering properties of the the medium and overlaminates. Intrinsic properties of the medium can include " paper noise" resulting from the grain of paper metal grain or a retro-reflective background. Scattering characteristics cover angular distribution of the scattered light absolute scatter levels from the substrate internal scatter and specularly reflected light. Overlaminates contribute their own assets and liabilities in successfully choosing a scanner that will perform for all your needs. The inks used and the light source utilized work in conjunction with each other in determining the performance of a laser scanner. The spectral characteristics and composition of the ink determine which light source the scanner must employ to be used to successfully interpret the symbol. The three common light sources available in laser bar code scanners are helium-neon lasers visible laser diodes and infra-red laser diodes. Experimental data will be presented illustrating the optical properties discussedIbove.
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Anna Marie Quinn, Anna Marie Quinn, Jay M. Eastman, Jay M. Eastman, } "Optical properties of barcode symbols for laser scanning", Proc. SPIE 1384, High-Speed Inspection Architectures, Barcoding, and Character Recognition, (1 February 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.25317; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.25317


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