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Honeywell Celebrates Its Role in Barcode History

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Forty years ago, a pack of Wrigley's gum was scanned at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, marking the first barcode scanned in a commercial environment. Today, more than five billion barcodes are scanned around the world on any given day.

Honeywell has played a significant role in the evolution of the barcode including the invention in 1974 of code-39, still the most widely used barcode in the world. The company's scanning technologies and applications continue to evolve to meet the demands of customers across industries such as retail, healthcare, field service, and transportation and logistics.

“Forty years ago, I could have never imagined the impact the barcode would have on consumers and businesses all over the world,” said H. Sprague Ackley, senior technologist, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “From providing a speedier check out at the grocery store to scanning prescriptions at a hospital bedside, to using my phone to board an airplane, I continue to be amazed at the power of bar code technology.”

Click here to view the commemorative microsite created by Honeywell Scanning & Mobility that highlights milestones in the barcode's 40 year history.

Eric Krantz
Safety and Productivity Solutions
+1 (704) 780 0493  - Mobile