Barcodes for Wood Identification

by Michael Fabing
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Barcodes for Wood Identification

Barcodes have become a regular part of modern life, adopted in international trade and nearly all products contain a barcode on it, it dominated the market for 40 years (Varallyai, 2013). The barcode consists of a machine-readable code in the form of numbers and a pattern of parallel lines of varying widths, which is printed on an item or product. It’s a practical method with a good reliability and security level. Following, an optical reader or scanner picks up the barcode translate the information included, such as production location, production date, transportation details, entrepreneurs name, etc aiming to further control wood stock (Oxford dictionaries, 2013). The barcode traceability system is plain and low cost while it is difficult to be massively applied in wood trade and wood traceability, because of wood texture. Still, there are several barcode wood traceability applications, using plastic or metal labels with printed barcodes to maintain track of logged trees. As soon as the tree is cut, workers use a handheld barcode scanner to scan processing and export data into a database (Adazon, 2013). 

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