Parsing datamatrix barcodes
Posted on 2011-09-30
I am writing an application for a client that needs to parse the data in a datamatrix bar code into the SKU, batch/serial number and expiry date. Most of the items are pharmaceutical in nature.
Is there a central resource that publishes the format of the data that is encoded in datamatrix bar codes or does each manufacturer do its own thing and must I work out the formatting for each manufacturer's items?
I was hoping that when I know the manufacturer ID I can then extract the product code, batch number (or serial number) and the expiry date in a reasonably consistent fashion.