UCC/EAN – 128 was developed to supply a universal design and set for exchanging general data between companies. UCC/EAN 128 is derived from Code 128 and uses application identifiers.
UCC/EAN 128 is also popular with other names including GS1-128 / EAN-128, EAN-128, UCC-128, USS-128, GS1-128, UCC.EAN-128, GTIN-128, UCC-12, EAN/UCC-13, EAN/UCC-14.
Character set of UCC/EAN 128 barcode symbology
A UCC/EAN-128 barcode symbol consists of the following parts:
1. start code
FNC1 is a code used to recognize barcodes matched with the UCC/EAN 128 standard.
3. Application Identifier
Application Identifier is a 2, 3 or 4 digit number identifying the kind of data to be followed.
6. Stop code
Structure of UCC/EAN 128 barcode symbology
The structure of UCC/EAN 128 contains numbers (0-9) of variable length, with starting character C followed by FNC1 character (102) and other left behind data. UCC/EAN 128 also involves a check digit (calculated according to modulo 103).
Applications of UCC/EAN 128 barcode symbology
- Retail sectors implements UCC/EAN 128 to assign batch or group numbers on items.
- Mainly used in industry applications.
- UCC/EAN 128 launches a standard way of grouping a parcel with more information such as batch number or “use before” dates.