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3D Barcodes

3D barcodes were developed by manufacturing companies in hopes of finding a way to create similar success to that of the traditional barcodes that are used in retail settings. Traditional barcodes would not withstand the difficult journey of manufacturing, as there are usually high temperatures and a wide variety of chemicals involved in most manufacturing processes. Because of the harsh conditions encountered, a tougher barcode would be needed to recreate the success that the retail industry had with standard barcodes. Manufacturers came up with 3D barcodes as the solution to their problems. 3D barcodes are not placed on items with a sticker or label, they are engraved into a part of the product itself. They are easily tracked with the scanners that use laser technology to read the information that is engraved on the product. This process has dramatically improved the organization of the manufacturing industry. It has saved companies a lot of time and money as they had to hire people to manually track product parts before the creation of 3D barcodes. In addition to tracking products, the 3D barcodes have also helped the manufacturing industry to keep an accurate account of their inventory which was especially difficult with traditional barcodes. With traditional barcodes, if a barcode sticker or label were to be damaged or unreadable, it would not be able to be accounted for in inventory which lead to a lot of confusion about which parts were actually available and which ones just had damaged barcodes. 3D barcodes are expected to continue growing in popularity among industries such as manufacturing and others where traditional label barcodes do not hold up.