EAN/UPC Family

About the EAN 13:

The EAN 13 symbol is the most commonly used of all the GS1 symbols. It is the symbol typically found on most items sold at a retail point of sale. EAN 13 is used to print each of the 13 digit EAN types namely for fixed weight products, variable weight products, coupons, books, serial publications etc. The EAN may start with any of the following prefixes: 539, 20, 02, 981, 982, 977, 978 or with the Global Company Prefix (GCP) allocated to your company for bar coding purposes.

EAN 13 Specifications:



Min. size: 29.83 mm x 20.73 mm
Max. size: 74.58 mm x 51.82 mm
Nominal dimensions: 37.29 mm x 25.91 mm
X dimension at nominal size: 0.330 mm
Magnification factor: 80% to 200% from nominal dimension.
Light Margin: Left 3.63 mm, Right 2.31mm 
Min Bar Height: 22.85 mm at nominal size
Target Location: Rear lower right quadrant
Supports GTIN 13  


The X dimension or module width is the width of the narrowest bar or space at 100% magnification. The width of the other bars or spaces is two, three or four times the X dimension.

The magnification factor is the size by which the bar code symbol can be varied from the nominal dimension.


About the EAN 8:

The EAN 8 symbol is used to print the 8 digit EAN numbers allocated to identify very small retail products. The numbers are allocated directly by GS1 Ireland to a specific product.

EAN 8 Specifications:



Min. size: 21.38 mm x 17.05 mm
Max. size: 53.46 mm x 42.62 mm
Nominal dimensions: 26.73 mm x 21.31 mm
X dimension at nominal size: 0.330 mm
Magnification factor: 80% to 200% from nominal dimension.
Light Margin: Left 2.31mm, Right 2.31mm 
Min Bar Height: 18.23 mm at nominal size
Target Location: Rear lower right quadrant
Supports GTIN 8


About UPC A & UPC E:

The UPC A symbol is used for the 12 digit retail EAN numbers assigned for use on fixed weight consumer products intended for sale in North America.  The UPC E symbol is used for small retail products intended for sale in North America which cannot accomodate a UPC A symbol.

 

UPC A Specifications



Min. size 29.83 mm x 20.73 mm
Max. size74.58 mm x 51.82 mm
Nominal dimensions 37.29 mm x 25.91 mm
X dimension at nominal size 0.330 mm
Light Margins Both 2.97 mm (9x)
Bar Height 22.85 mm at nominal size  
Supports GTIN 12

UPC E Specifications



Min. size 17.69mm x 20.73mm
Max. size 44.22mm x 51.82mm
Nominal dimensions 22.11mm x 25.91 mm
X dimension at nominal size 0.330 mm
Light Margins Both 2.97 mm (9x)
Bar Height 22.85 mm at nominal size
Supports GTIN 12