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Barcoding: A Brief History, How They Work, Their Types & Uses

History of the Barcode

The barcode was invented, almost by accident, by Norman Joseph Woodland in 1948.
Bernard Silver, a fellow Drexel Institute graduate student with Woodland, overheard a conversation between a supermarket executive and an engineer on whether product information could be captured automatically at a checkout. Silver was interested and mentioned the problem to Woodland.
While on a beach in Florida, Woodland drew dots and dashes in the sand, similar to the shapes of Morse code. After pulling the dots and dashes downwards with his fingers, he came up with a concept of the first ever linear barcode.
In October 1949, they applied for a patent which was received in October 1952 covering both linear and bulls-eye designs.
Long story short: Woodland got employed by IBM, sold the patent to Philco, who then sold it to RCA before the patent expired in 1969.
In 1971 IBM started work on developing what is now UPC (Universal Product Code), beating their competition, RCA.

The first item scanned in public was a packet of chewing gum in an Ohio supermarket in 1974.

Woodland died from Alzheimer’s on the 9th of December 2012, at the age of 91.


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Coloured Labels for Zebra, Dymo & LabelStation

We have a new selection of labels that are worth talking about. Introducing our selection of coloured labels that will work with Dymo LabelWriter, Zebra GC/GK/GX, and all LabelStation printers.

These labels are supplied on a 25mm core and have a maximum outside diameter of 80mm. They also have a selection of black marks on the underside of the backing paper for various printers to sense the start and finish of the labels. The Zebra and LabelStation range will use the gaps between the labels for sensing.

All labels are a high quality, gloss-coated paper that is lined with a permanent adhesive.

You won’t need to purchase any ribbon or ink thanks to their direct thermal technology.

If there’s a size or colour we’re not displaying, give us a call and we can get it made especially for you.

Dymo Durable LabelWriter Labels Overview and Test

Paper labels have always been good for general, office, and courier use. The only down side is that paper is easy to damage. Dymo has been the odd one out in terms of material selection for their LabelWriter labels… until now.

Why choose a different material?


  • Industrial adhesive provides a permanent fixture to more challenging surfaces like metal, textured PVC, glass and wood.
  • Protective coating resists damage from abrasion, oils and cleaning products.
  • High-grade material means the label can withstand temperatures from -18°C to +50°C.
  • Moisture-resistant design withstands damp conditions and rain up to 85% humidity.

The new Dymo Durable labels are more resistance to cleaning, chemicals, rain, temperatures and challenging surfaces. It’s almost like you’re upgrading your printer by only upgrading your labels.

Use your labels for outdoors, on floors, on pallets and tools, on frozen items*, on laboratory equipment, on the exterior of vehicles, etc.


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LabelStations Are GO!

Welcome to the wonderful world of labelling.

Here at Labelzone, we are sure to find a solution for your requirements, and the LabelStation range is very likely to fit your labelling needs. Take a look at the various applications below that might be exactly (or at least very close) to your requirements.

The LabelStation printers are perfect for the following:

  • Health and safety and Signage
  • Your premises would need to have adequate signage for fire doors, CCTV, hazards, etc. to comply with legislation and ISO. On a wide selection of colours, size and a shapes, the LabelStation is sure to fulfill your requirements.

  • Asset tracking
  • Mark your assets with a LabelStation. The software will allow you to produce serialized labels, print barcodes, and even import from a database*. The labels can even be tamper resistant to ensure they stay put in any location.

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