USPS Barcode FAQ & Tutorial
The info supplied right here explains exactly how to develop and also carry out the numerous sorts of automation utilized by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Info regarding barcode confirmation, generation as well as printing is offered Postnet, Planet, GS1-128, EAN-128, FIM, OCR-An and also USPS Intelligent Mail ® Barcode (also known as OneCode Solution 4-State Customer Barcode).
– Formatting and also Printing of USPS barcode kinds:
PostNet– made use of to inscribe the postal code and also distribution factor.
planet– tracks both outgoing as well as incoming letter mail.
intelligent Mail (also known as OneCode 4-State Customer Barcode)– incorporates the postal code information of Postnet as well as the monitoring of Planet right into one barcode sign.
USPS-L-3216 24 Digit Tray Label.
USPS GS1-128 IMpb.
USPS Intelligent Mail IMb.
Smart Mail Container Barcode.
Mail Innovations– Data Matrix Barcode.
USPS IMpb Postal Barcode.
USPS GS1-128 (EAN-128)– made use of for unique solutions such as shipment verification.
OCR-A– a message font style typeface made use of to automate the analysis of address information.
FIM– The Facing Identification Mark is made use of to determine organization politeness, reply as well as optical Character Recognition understandable mail.
– Reading, scanning as well as validating barcodes.
– Postnet examines personality estimation instance.
– Links to extra details.
USPS POSTNET Formatting.
The POSTNET (Postal Numeric Encoding Technique) barcode kind was established by the U. S. Post Office to inscribe zip code details. For this factor, IDAutomation has actually carried out special encoding in IDAutomation Postnet Fonts, which enable printing of Postnet, Planet and also Intelligent Mail barcodes with the very same typeface, to satisfy the needs today with the requirements of tomorrow.
|Complete string from example data above: 12345123412|
After the string is obtained, it is encoded with IDAutomation’s products.
All IDAutomation Barcode Products sustain the printing of Postnet such as the Barcode Components, Label Software and also the Postnet Font Advantage Package, that includes over 30 encoders for simple assimilation, consisting of assistance for Microsoft Access, Crystal Reports, Oracle Reports as well as FileMaker.
Establishing the Data to Encode:
– To develop a correct Postnet Barcode with IDAutomation barcode items, a solitary string of numbers have to be gone into that is composed of the following:
– POSTNET barcodes can be published as a 5-digit POSTNET barcode, ZIP +4 POSTNET barcode or a Delivery Point Barcode, which is likewise described as DPBC. Speak to the regional blog post workplace for aid if uncertain as to which approach to make use of.
The 5-digit POSTNET barcode contains the start/stop personality, 5 figure ZIP code information, examine figure and also the start/stop personality, for a total amount of 32 bars.
oThe ZIP +4 POSTNET barcode contains the start/stop personality, 9-digit ZIP code information, examine figure as well as the start/stop personality, for an overall of 52 bars.
oThe DPBC POSTNET barcode contains the start/stop personality, 9-digit ZIP code information, 2 DPBC numbers, inspect figure and also the start/stop personality, for a total amount of 62 bars. Both DPBC numbers are normally the last 2 figures of the road address, PO Box or course number. Analyze phase 5 of the USPS Domestic Mail Manual for details on taking care of irregular addresses if the strategy is to utilize DPBC.
Getting a barcode:
– After the string is gotten, it is sent out to the part or application to produce a barcode photo. The following is a picture created from the instance string:
– When making use of Postnet Barcode Fonts, checksum, quit and also beginning personalities have to be included in the string to develop an icon that can be checked out by the USPS. The message listed below was formatted with the IDAutomation Barcode Font Tools and also will certainly develop an exact barcode when integrated with the IDAutomation Postnet Barcode Fonts:
( _123451234122_ ).
– Postnet pictures might be produced on the internet from the Free Barcode Creator:.
( Generating pictures from BCGEN undergoes the Free License part of the License Agreement. The certified variation does not include the “powered by” watermark.).
– The dimension of the POSTNET barcode should be in between 22 as well as 24 bars per inch. The dimension might be readjusted by establishing the slim bar size. Added typeface sizes are supplied with IDAutomation Postnet Barcode Fonts for this function.
Area of the sign:
– The POSTNET barcodes should be published on certain locations of mail, generally straight listed below the address. To find out more regarding the format and also positioning of POSTNET barcodes or FIM sign positioning, describe Chapter 5 of the USPS record Domestic Mail Manual as well as USPS Publication 25 or speak to the neighborhood message workplace Automation Specialist for support.
USPS Intelligent Mail (Aka: OneCode, the 4-State Customer Barcode, 4CB as well as USPS4CB) consists of a height-modulated barcode made for usage in broadband, automated, mail sorting equipment that permit both PLANET as well as POSTNET barcode info to be incorporated right into a solitary barcode to track mailings, demand address-quality solutions (consisting of upgraded address-change info) and also return-mail solution. The special encoding utilized in IDAutomation Postnet Barcode Fonts enables printing of Postnet, Planet as well as Intelligent Mail barcodes with the exact same font style.
Keep in mind: The OneCode Solution is additionally referred to as the Intelligent Mail Customer Barcode. The encoding of each coincides. In IDAutomation items, the option of OneCode will certainly produce the exact same barcode as the Intelligent Mail Customer Barcode.
– Intelligent Mail Overview.
– Formatting Intelligent Mail Barcodes.
– Printing & Generating Intelligent Mail Barcodes.
– Barcode Generation Examples.
– Intelligent Mail Sizing as well as Location.
WORLD Barcode Formatting.
The Planet barcodes match the existing Postnet barcodes. USPS Intelligent Mail OneCode Confirm must be taken into consideration for brand-new executions of this barcode kind since it integrates Postnet and also Planet information right into a solitary barcode sign.
VERIFY supplies verification that consumers got the mail, permitting mailers to integrate outbound telemarketing programs with direct-mail advertising projects or increase various other marketing media with their mailings.
Validate is improved the PLANET Code, a 12-digit barcode:
– The initial 2 numbers stand for the solution (21= Origin Confirm or 22= Destination Confirm).
– The following 9 figures recognize the mail item (see Figures 2 as well as 3 in area 5, from the guidebook, for even more information).
– The 12th number is a checksum figure that assists USPS to find mistakes.
– For even more details regarding printing as well as producing PLANET barcodes, please browse through right here.
Get in touch with the USPS supervisor of the Planet program at the article workplace to get even more details on the format and also positioning of PLANET barcodes.
USPS EAN-128/ GS1-128.
The United States Postal Service makes use of the EAN-128 barcode (likewise referred to as Code 128 and also GS1-128) for unique solutions such as shipment verification. When made use of for the USPS, the IDAutomationC128L typeface supplied in the Code 128 Barcode Font Advantage Package and also the Postnet Barcode Font Advantage Package ought to be published at 16 factors, which will certainly generate an elevation of.75 ″ as well as an X measurement of.013 ″ as called for. The IDAutomationC128M typeface might likewise be utilized at 18 indicate accomplish a better X measurement (a larger barcode) with the exact same elevation.
Various other items that sustain the printing of the Code 128 symbology consist of IDAutomation Barcode Components, Label Software as well as the Image Generator. For details regarding formatting USPS GS1-128 (UCC/EAN128) barcodes with IDAutomation items, describe the USPS section of the Code 128 Barcode FAQ.
OCR-A Font Typeface.
OCR-A is not a barcode, yet a typeface that makes it possible for a message to be conveniently checked out by OCR (Optical Character Recognition) scanners at the blog post workplace. When made use of for the USPS, the IDAutomationOCRa typeface supplied in the OCR Font Advantage Package as well as the Postnet Barcode Font Advantage Package need to be published at 9 factors. When the barcode is not understandable or not available, this dimension is needed for USPS scanners to immediately review the address.
FIM– Facing Identification Mark.
The Facing Identification Mark (FIM) is a kind of barcode with straight and also upright bars utilized to recognize organization reply, politeness reply as well as OCR-readable mail. This barcode kind is just offered in the Postnet Barcode Font Advantage Package as well as ought to be published at 36 factors.
Reviewing, Verifying as well as checking USPS Barcodes.
Prior to sending out the published barcodes to the blog post workplace, IDAutomation recommends confirming the outcome with a verifier, which is offered in the type of a hand-held 2D barcode picture visitor. The picture viewers will certainly quality the barcodes with a quality control examination and also record feasible issues. Below is an instance of the result obtained when checking a Postnet barcode with the IDAutomation 2D Barcode Scanner:
>>> PQA <<<
POSTNET: 62 Bars, nominally
from 02.54 to 03.05 in. in Width
Bar Sequence: 10011000110011001100010100000111100000110100011000101010011001
[A] (Ok) < Tall Bar Heights: 0.130 in.
[B] (Hi) < Short Bar
Heights: 0.058 in.
[A] (Ok) < Bar Widths = 0.021 in.
[A] (Ok) <
Inter-Bar Gaps = 0.024 in.
The IDAutomation 2D Barcode Scanner likewise reviews OCR-An and also might assist validate the right printing of OCR message.
Inspect Character Calculation Examples.
IDAutomation supplies a number of typeface devices, macros and also resource code examples that are complementary to utilize with IDAutomation barcode font styles, and also will immediately layout the information to the font styles. Furthermore, IDAutomation Barcode Components immediately carry out all needed computations. Hands-on check figure estimations are normally not essential.
Toby’s hand compute the check figure for the Postnet barcode:
Make certain the start/stop personality is included to the start and also finishing of every Postnet barcode. When making use of IDAutomation Postnet Barcode Fonts, the parentheses are utilized for beginning and also quit personalities; “(” for begin as well as “)” for quit.
The last figure of the published POSTNET barcode sign is a check figure.; the check figure for the POSTNET number of 33727-1426 is 5 since (3 +3 +7 +2 +7 +1 +4 +2 +6= 35 as well as 35 +5= 40) Therefore, the amount of all POSTNET information consisting of the check number should be numerous of 10.
The real font style personalities made use to publish this POSTNET code would certainly be (3372714265).
The IDAutomation Online Barcode Font Encoder might be utilized to validate check figures or to develop barcodes one by one.
Toby hand determine the check numbers for USPS EAN128/ GS1-128, please describe the USPS area of the Code 128 Barcode FAQ. The USPS Intelligent Mail (Aka: OneCode & 4-State Customer Barcode) is extremely complicated to produce and also includes a lot more estimations than an easy check figure. The resource code utilized to produce Intelligent Mail barcodes can be given with the acquisition of the Unlimited Developer License and also an authorized Source Code License Agreement for among the items sustaining Intelligent Mail & OneCode barcodes.
In IDAutomation items, the option of OneCode will certainly develop the very same barcode as the Intelligent Mail Customer Barcode.
The Planet barcodes enhance the existing Postnet barcodes. USPS Intelligent Mail OneCode Confirm ought to be thought about for brand-new applications of this barcode kind since it incorporates Postnet as well as Planet information right into a solitary barcode icon.
When made use of for the USPS, the IDAutomationC128L font style supplied in the Code 128 Barcode Font Advantage Package as well as the Postnet Barcode Font Advantage Package ought to be published at 16 factors, which will certainly generate an elevation of.75 ″ and also an X measurement of.013 ″ as called for. Below is an instance of the result obtained when checking a Postnet barcode with the IDAutomation 2D Barcode Scanner:
USPS Intelligent Mail IMb Overview
The Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) is the term created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) for the brand-new barcode symbology utilized to track as well as arrange letters and also level bundles. It consists of a collection of solutions consisting of the Confirm ® Service, which is described as OneCode Confirm ™, and also the Address Change Service ™, which is described as OneCode ACS ™. Smart Mail is additionally a term utilized in the summary of the 24 number tray tag barcode.
The Intelligent Mail consumer barcode integrates the info of both the POSTNET as well as PLANET symbologies, as well as extra details, right into a solitary barcode that has to do with the very same dimension as the conventional POSTNET icon. Automation Discounts with using Intelligent Mail client barcodes have actually been sustained considering that March 2007. Variation 7.0 of the Postnet & Intelligent Mail Barcode Fonts consists of the unique personalities needed.
Presently, using the Intelligent Mail barcode is optional. Because it provides substantial benefits, nevertheless, it makes great service feeling to apply this brand-new sign today. IDAutomation has actually applied special encoding in IDAutomation’s Postnet Fonts, which permit printing of Postnet, Planet and also Intelligent Mail barcodes with the exact same font style.
– Video Tutorial on just how to use the Postnet font style to produce the postal barcodes.
– Video Tutorial on exactly how to create Intelligent Mail (Tracing) Barcode utilizing the Image Generator
– Blog Posting on ‘Getting Ready for Intelligent Mail’
Formatting USPS IMb
To develop a correct Intelligent Mail Tracing, OneCode Confirm or OneCode ACS Barcode with IDAutomation’s items, a solitary string of numbers should be gotten, which is described as the DataToEncode. The DataToEncode is generally * comprised of the following:
|Tracking Code||Barcode Identifier||2 (2nd digit must be 0-4)||01|
|Customer Identifier||6 or 9||567094|
|Sequence Number||9 or 6 if 9 were used above||987654321|
|Routing Code||Delivery Point ZIP Code||0, 5, 9, or 11||01234567891|
|Complete string from data above: 0123456709498765432101234567891|
- The Barcode Identifier area is a 2-digit area booked for future usage to inscribe the presort recognition that is presently published in human-readable type on the optional recommendation line (OEL). OneCodeCONFIRM, as well as OneCodeACS customers, must leave this area as “00”. Later on, the USPS might need the appropriate coding of this area.
- The Special Services area is a 3-digit area that determines the sort of solution. Ultimately, the area is meant to permit a solitary 4CB to sustain several solutions along with or as opposed to Confirm and also ACS.
- The Customer Identifier area is a 6-digit number determining the mailer. At the preliminary introducing of 4CB, Destination Confirm adds a leading absolutely no to the appointed 5-digit Subscriber ID to create the Customer Identifier area.
- For Destination Confirm, this area holds the existing Mailing ID area, which is a 4- or 6-digit area. When making use of Origin Confirm, the Customer Identifier area and also the Sequence Number area might be integrated right into a 15-digit area to hold the existing 9- or 11- figure Customer area plus extra numbers. If these areas are not broadened to 15 numbers, leading nos ought to be utilized to fill up the area entirely.
- The Routing ZIP Code area will certainly suit 0, 5, 9 or 11 number ZIP Code info. Verify calls for a 9- or 11-digit Routing ZIP to work as “Subscriber ID” for Origin Confirm customers. The directing ZIP Code put right into the 4CB has to be signed up in the Confirm account.
* Always describe one of the most current specs from the USPS prior to manufacturing.
Printing and also Generating USPS IMb
After the DataToEncode is acquired, the Intelligent Mail Barcode might be conveniently created as well as published with the IDAutomation Postnet & Intelligent Mail Barcode Fonts, Barcode Components or Barcode Applications. Smart Mail is presently sustained in the current variation of the items in the choice dialog listed below.
Barcode Generation Examples:
When making use of IDAutomation Intelligent Mail Barcode Fonts, a font encoder should be made use of to create the message string for the Intelligent Mail barcode font style due to the facility inscribing formulas utilized in this symbology. When incorporated with the IDAutomation Postnet Font, this created string will certainly produce an appropriate barcode. The message listed below was created from the instance information string of 0123456709498765432101234567891:
Smart Mail Barcode photos might be developed dynamically from the Dynamic Barcode Generator Service:
( Generating photos from BCGEN goes through the Free License part of the License Agreement. The qualified variation does not have the watermark.).
The dimension of the Intelligent Mail barcode has to be in between 22 and also 24 bars per inch. When utilizing Barcode Components or Barcode Applications, the elevation and also size might be readjusted as essential as long as the residential properties are within USPS Specification Tolerances, which are revealed in Fig. 1 listed below.
Fig. 1: USPS Specification Tolerances for the USPS Intelligent Mail IMb Barcode:
|Property||IDAutomation Font Dimensions||USPS Specification Tolerances|
|X Dimension (bar width)||0.017″ [0.043 CM]||0.015″ – 0.025″ [0.038 – 0.063 CM]|
|Space between bars||0.026″ [0.066 CM]||0.012″ – 0.040″ [0.030 – 0.101 CM]|
|Size of tall bar||0.135″ [0.342 CM]||0.125″ – 0.165″ [0.317 – 0.419 CM]|
|Size of tracker (short) bar||0.041″ [0.104 CM]||0.039″ – 0.057″ [0.100 – 0.144 CM]|
|Number of bars per inch||23||22 – 24|
Place of the Symbol:
Smart Mail and also OneCode barcodes should be published on details locations of mail, generally straight over the name as well as address. Extra information referring to the positioning of the sign are readily available in the addenda to Publication 8, Address Change Service, as well as Publication 197, Confirm ® Service User Guide, which might be acquired from the USPS website.
Printed icons might be conveniently confirmed with the Print Quality Assessment (PQA) device discovered in the IDAutomation 2D Barcode Scanner. The quality control examination qualities the icon as well as reports any type of feasible issues and also measurement mistakes. The record listed below was created when checking the barcode sign on top of this paper with PQA made it possible for:
The Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) is the term created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) for the brand-new barcode symbology utilized to track and also arrange letters and also level bundles. The Intelligent Mail consumer barcode incorporates the details of both the POSTNET as well as PLANET symbologies, as well as added details, right into a solitary barcode that is regarding the very same dimension as the conventional POSTNET sign. – The Barcode Identifier area is a 2-digit area scheduled for future usage to inscribe the presort recognition that is presently published in human-readable type on the optional recommendation line (OEL). When utilizing IDAutomation Intelligent Mail Barcode Fonts, a font encoder should be utilized to create the message string for the Intelligent Mail barcode typeface since of the complicated inscribing formulas made use of in this symbology. When making use of Barcode Components or Barcode Applications, the elevation and also size might be changed as required as long as the homes are within USPS Specification Tolerances, which are revealed in Fig. 1 listed below.
10,301,107081,000000000,33609106255 >> PQA <<
INTELLIGENT MAIL BARCODE(USPS): 65 Bars, nominally from 02.66 to 03.20 in. in Width
Bar Sequence: THHHTDDHAADAHAAHDHDATHDAAATDTTTTAADHTAADTAATHATATTTTDDDAAHDATATAH
[C] (Lo) < “Tall” Bar Extensions: 0.062 in. from center
[B] (Lo) < “Short” Bar Extensions: 0.021 in. from center
[B] (Lo) < Bar Widths = 0.015 in.
[A] (Ok) < Inter-Bar Gaps = 0.030 in.
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The Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) is the term created by the United Stated Postal Service (USPS) for the brand-new barcode symbology utilized to track and also arrange letters and also level bundles. The Intelligent Mail consumer barcode incorporates the details of both the POSTNET as well as PLANET symbologies, as well as added details, right into a solitary barcode that is regarding the very same dimension as the conventional POSTNET sign. – The Barcode Identifier area is a 2-digit area scheduled for future usage to inscribe the presort recognition that is presently published in human-readable type on the optional recommendation line (OEL). When utilizing IDAutomation Intelligent Mail Barcode Fonts, a font encoder should be utilized to create the message string for the Intelligent Mail barcode typeface since of the complicated inscribing formulas made use of in this symbology. When making use of Barcode Components or Barcode Applications, the elevation and also size might be changed as required as lengthy as the homes are within USPS Specification Tolerances, which are revealed in Fig. 1 listed below.
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