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UPC-E is a variation of the UPC-A symbol that is used for number system 0. By suppressing zeroes, UPC-E codes can be printed in a very small space and are used for labeling small items.

In addition to the requirement that the first digit of the barcode (number system) must be zero, there are four rules that determine what UPC codes can be printed using the compressed UPC-E format:

  • If the last 3 digits of the manufacturer's number are 000, 100, or 200, the valid product code numbers are 00000 - 00999 (1,000 numbers).
  • If the last 3 digits of the manufacturer's number are 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, or 900, the valid product code numbers are 00000 - 00099 (100 numbers).
  • If the last 2 digits in the manufacturer's number are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, or 90, the valid product code numbers are 00000 - 00009 (10 numbers).
  • If the manufacturer's number does not end in zero, the valid product code numbers are 00005 - 00009 (5 numbers).

See also:
AppNote 023:   How to translate a UPC-E barcode to the full UPC-A equivalent

   

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