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How do you mark parts and components, in particular smaller items with limited available space to apply a code? Our Datamatrix factsheet has everything you need to know about using GS1 DataMatrix barcodes.
GS1 DataMatrix is a compact, two-dimensional barcode which holds a large amount of data in a small space.
At its maximum, a DataMatrix symbol can store 2,335 alphanumeric characters, which may include manufacturer ID, a unique serial number and more.
The most common use of DataMatrix barcodes is marking directly onto small parts, such as electronic and circuit board components, as it enables a large amount of data to be contained in a very small space.
Data Matrix - Marking of Small Items and Components
GS1 DataMatrix is extensively used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries for anti-counterfeiting applications and asset tracking (ie; for medical devices).
Data Matrix Medical Instruments and Surgical Implants LR
One of the first organisations to use DataMatrix codes was NASA in the ‘80s. NASA engraved codes onto parts of space rockets knowing the codes wouldn’t come off.
Data Matrix Marking of Small Items and Components
The Datamatrix is used to contain variable data to reduce operator scan time and the risk of selling expired or recalled products. The value of being able to uniquely identify and recall a specific product pack of fresh produce (instead of the entire batch) is significant.
Data Matric Fresh Produce
Whilst we attempt to update this page as changes occur we do not guarantee its accuracy and recommend that you contact GS1 Australia for the most up to date advice.