The Bar Code Book

Fifth Edition - A Comprehensive Guide To Reading, Printing, Specifying, Evaluating, And Using Bar Code and Other Machine-Readable Symbols




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/13/2007

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 7x10
Page Count : 470
ISBN : 9781425133740

About the Book

The Bar Code Book has been one of automatic identification industry's best-selling textbooks since it was first published in 1989. The Fifth Edition has been completely updated and expanded to reflect current and emerging technology. Previous editions of this book have been used by college educators, MIS departments, equipment manufacturers, government agencies, and individuals.

The book describes the many different forms of 1-D and 2-D bar code symbols, explains how they work, compares their attributes, and provides detailed reference information. Equipment used for printing, reading, and evaluating bar code symbols is reviewed, and extensive information is provided about the applicable industry standards. The emerging fields of Direct Part Marking and image-based scanning is reviewed, and the issue of patents is presented. Many applications of the technology are described.

This book covers more than just conventional bar code technology - all forms of machine-readable symbols are reviewed. This is truly a comprehensive textbook that deserves to be on the bookshelf of anyone working in or around the field of Automatic Identification.

About the Author

Roger C. Palmer, P.Eng. was born in England, but spent most of his early years in Canada. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree (McMaster University) and an MBA (University of Washington). Over the years, Roger has co-founded three companies involved in developing and manufacturing electronic test equipment for the communications industry.

He became involved in Automatic Identification when he joined INTERMEC Corporation (a manufacturer of bar code products and systems) in 1978. He held several high level positions at Intermec, eventually becoming Vice President, Technology. In 1994 Roger and his family decided that the lifestyle offered in British Columbia was so attractive that it overshadowed the security of having a regular job, so he announced an early retirement from Intermec and moved to Victoria, B.C. Since then he has operated a small consulting company called Palmer Technologies Inc., which provides services to a number of clients involved in different "High-Tech" technical fields, and he has been involved as an expert witness in several patent litigations and contract disputes.

Roger is intimately familiar with bar code technology and equipment. He has served as chairman of AIM's Technical Symbology Committee and also as chairman of the HIBCC's Technical Committee. He was an active member of the ANSI committee that developed the first bar code standards. He has several patents and has been a frequent publisher and speaker on all aspects of bar code technology. He is a member of the IEEE, APEGBC, ARRL, EAA, and the Institute of Navigation.

Apart from the Automatic Identification industry, Roger remains current in many other high-tech fields, and he has assisted companies in evaluating technical trends, developing business strategic plans, or refining product designs.

Outside of work, his interests include flying, yacht racing, cruising, computers, electronics, and amateur radio. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.

Roger and his family live next to the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.