Years ago it seemed the only place you saw barcodes was when purchasing products at a store. But those linear barcodes aren’t the only option out there to quickly link data, like price to a product. 2D codes are routinely used in hospital bracelets for patient identification. They are also linked to patient names, allergies, and even what doses of medicine have been administered. RFID chips are now used to routinely track inventory in retail locations, providing a higher level of fidelity in inventory records without excessive manual tracking.
Barcode technologies also add value to manufacturing processes. The ability to tie large amounts of data to an object via a small code or chip allows for greater accuracy in the manufacturing process and efficiencies in tracking inventory. You might see a barcode or two on the box for your new laptop or tablet, but there were likely many barcodes that successfully got your product from parts to product. Here are a few ways that barcodes contribute to manufacturing processes.