Calculated according to Modulo 10
ActiveBarcode calculates the check digit for you automatically
EAN-13 - #01 - CODEEAN13
GTIN-13 - #111 - CODEGTIN13
The EAN barcode is primarily used
in supermarkets to identify product at the point of sales. The products
contain the EAN number or GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) to identify itself.
The standard EAN/GTIN product code has 13 digits. For
smaller sized products there is a short version of the EAN/GTIN code the EAN 8
Each country has a coding authority (or
numbering association) which assigns codes to manufacturers and maintains
a central database. The EAN system is under the overall direction of the
International Article Numbering Association, based in Brussels, Belgium. Each
country using the EAN system maintains a separate Article Numbering Association.
- The first 2 digits of the EAN-13 or GTIN (Global Trade Item Number) code are containing the
country of the article.
The country is coded with 2 numbers, e.g. the numbers
40, 41, 42 and 43 represent Germany.
- The next 5 digits code the producer of the article.
- The following 5 digits represent the article number which is given by the producer.
- The remaining last digit is the check digit. ActiveBarcode calculates this check digit for you.
History:In 1977 the EAN code was used by 12 countries
(all the countries of the European Community). Today, use of the EAN code has spread to
all west European countries, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan. Today the EAN is called
GTIN (Global Trade Item Number)
The article registration process in the
supermarket has become easy and fast. There is no need to enter all data of the article
using a keyboard - you just have to pass the article containing the barcode over a
scanner. The scanner reads the barcode and sends the information (the barcode number) to
the computer. The computer reads the record for the articles barcode number
containing the price and article name. If the barcode is damaged there is also a way to
enter the barcode number by hand.
Advantages of using the EAN/GTIN code:
1. It's not required to label all articles with the price. The price is stored in the database and
can be accessed via the barcode number. For customers the price is only needed once where
the article is stored in the supermarket.
2. It is fast and safe because there is no way to make a mistake.