Barcode-Glossary

UPC-E Symbols

The eight-digit UPC code is a compressed version of the UPC-A code and is meant for low-volume articles. Through the method of zero compression, certain digit sequences of the twelve-digit number series can be displayed in a short version. At decoding, a zero-replenishment is carried out, thus again creating a complete number. The UPC-E symbol (VBCD: UPC-E), read from left to right, is composed as follows:

  • One leading quiet zone
  • one normal guard bar,
  • 6 functional characters from the character sets A and B, the symbol check characters, taken over from the long version UPC-A, are automatically generated into the UPC-E symbol by the "Visual Bar Code Designer",
  • one special guard bar,
  • one closing quiet zone
  • Below the barcode characters, the UPC-E-Symbol contains a human readable display of the information encoded in the UPC-symbol in OCR-B-font. Left of the left guard bar, the leading zero is displayed. Right of the right guard bar the check digit (symbol check character), taken over from the long version (UPC-A), is displayed.

The UPC-E code encodes the same information as the code UPC-A, only in a compressed way. For encoding, the user of the Visual Bar Code Designer is free to enter the digits in full form (UPC-A) or in compressed form. The Visual Bar Code Designer automatically detects the form and takes over compressing the character string, if required.

UPC-E Symbols