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Uniform Code Council Inc. Administrative
organization of product code in USA and Canada.
A supplementary code for physical distribution.
that UCC and EAN
are trying to standardize, over considering the international
Except A.I. 00, it is
used with case code for concentrated package, or Standard
Symbology for Physical Distribution and express various
information of product which cannot be coded within it.
Uses CODE-128 for its barcode,
As the start character set, insert FNC1 character after
the start code of CODE-128; it indicates that it is supplementary
code of UCC/EAN.
Next 2 digits coming after start character set is called
A.I. (Application Identitier),
indicates the content that code expresses.
A.I. expresses the following information:
||continuous code for transport container
A code which is used alone, aims at the distinction
of individual transport packages. next 1 digit of
A.I. indicates the
form of package (palette, container, etc.), next 7
digits is flag and
maker code of EAN,
and then next 9 digits are serial number.
10 indicates that it is batch number only.
||date of manufacture.
||date of package.
||time limit for guarantee.
||time limit for sales.
** the all above are combined with the batch number.
used for variant products, that is, having a different
packing form, etc. There is some other A.I.s
which is already determined or under consideration.
Universal Product Code. The pioneer of
the common product code, based of UPGIP, that in 1970 US
Food Chain Association established as common product code
of food industries. UPC is established in 1973, for USA
A version (12-digit) consists of 1 digit of NS, 5 digits
of maker code, 5 digits
of item code and 1 digit
In America and Canada, the UPC-based 12-digit systems are
popularized, and we cannot use the 13-digit EAN
symbol. Therefore, for exporting products to those countries,
we must get the UPC maker
code and display UPC symbol; by 2005, UPC and EAN will
UPC Case Code
A barcode symbol
for physical distribution in U.S., which is the prototype
of Standard Symbology for
On concentrated packages, like the cardboard case, adding
0 before UPC code of content product,
for correspondence with EAN;
and more, adding before that a 1-digit distinction code
for indicating quantities, to display both content product
and quantities in the package. (See Standard
Symbology for PD)