A 2D Bar Code is an enhanced version of the traditional bar code that we as consumers have been using for decades when buying products from retailers.  The traditional bar code however has limitations due to its size and limited ability to store large amounts of data.  A 2D, or Two Dimensional barcode allows data to be stored both horizontally like a traditional barcode but also allows data to be stored vertically, providing over 7,000 available characters of data.

Plastic Materials

Medical devices and instruments laser engraved, laser marked or laser etched with logos, UDI, part numbers, identification and tracking information.

2D bar codes, sometimes called 2D Data Matrix Codes are quickly replacing the traditional single dimension barcodes, which are limited to 20 characters, as manufacturers continue to be asked to provide more data about their products.  2D codes are quickly becoming a standard for medical devices and instruments as well as in the aerospace industry where product data and traceability is critical.

The preferred method to apply a 2D bar code is with the use of a laser.  Lasers provide a permanent mark that can withstand the test of time and wear.  Accubeam Laser provides services for both one dimensional bar codes and 2D data matrix bar codes, contact Accubeam or use the Request a Quote option at the top of the page to learn more about the process.

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