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I currently have a barcode (3 of 9) for an employee ID. These associates are moving to another part of the building. The barcode needed is UPC-A. From what the engineers are telling me I should be able to take badge 2204925 (3 of 9) and have a barcode of 99992204925 (UPC-A). Two things are happening. I have gone through the input mask and used "9999"00000000 (("9999"0000000;1;_)). I get the prompt with 9999 and then I can scan the badge in and then I get "The following error was encountered while encoding bar code object "Bar Code 1" with data "2204925". the data source does not have enought digits for GTIN. I pad and continue but the barcode has zeores instead of nines. Any suggestions?

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Ian Cummings
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The UPC-A barcode is a retail barcode for a retail product, I would assume that you wouldn't be wanting to use such a retail specific barcode symbology for an ID badge. Perhaps what you want is a Code 128 barcode, which is a better barcode for general use than Code 39.
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[quote name='Ian C - Seagull Support' timestamp='1350495816' post='3513']
The UPC-A barcode is a retail barcode for a retail product, I would assume that you wouldn't be wanting to use such a retail specific barcode symbology for an ID badge. Perhaps what you want is a Code 128 barcode, which is a better barcode for general use than Code 39.
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Thanks...yes UPC-A is retail. We are investigating other symbologies. The majority of the scans ARE UPC-A. Our operations team wants to be able to track WHO uses which scanner and we are not sure what other ones can be read off that scanner.
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I would say that pretty much any barcode reader will be able to read Code 128 just like Code 39. It is extremely common.

UPC-A is for a specific number of digits, which is why the code gets padded with additional zeros if you enter inadequate data. You really shouldn't try to use it for this application.
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[quote name='dsimmond' timestamp='1350555016' post='3525']
Thanks...yes UPC-A is retail. We are investigating other symbologies. The majority of the scans ARE UPC-A. Our operations team wants to be able to track WHO uses which scanner and we are not sure what other ones can be read off that scanner.
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OK...I have changed to Code 128. I have a barcode that I need to scan to generate another barcode. The original barcode would be 2204925 (sample employee ID). The new barcode needs to be "99992204925". I have the input mask as
"9999"0000000;1;_. When I use this I have the padded 9's in the prompt but when I do a print it only shows the associate ID (2204925). Can you please assist?

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