[FIXED] GS1 barcode parsing – It seems that there is no separating character

Issue

I have a program for parsing GS1 Barcodes (with Zebra scanner), which worked just fine, atleast I thought it was OK…
Until I came across one box with 2 GS1 barcodes.. one "linear" and one data matrix (UDI). For linear, it worked just fine, I successfully got out the GTIN and Serial. But datamatrix is different. For some reason, its content is a bit longer than linear code, it has some production date and something else at the end.

This is the Linear code: (01)00380652555852(17)260221(21)25146965079(30)1
This is data matrix: (01)00380652555852(17)260221(21)2514696507911210222240SA60AT225

I have problems with parsing out the Serial number – 25146965079.
Serial number in GS1 has a length of 1-20 characters. This one has 11, but How can I make it stop after the 9 characters? How can I know that the serial ends there?
I tried transforming each character to UDI, but it seems that there is no special separating character or anything.. so I honestly donjt know what to do. Does anyone have any idea?

This the code, if anyone wanna try anything https://prnt.sc/1x2sw8l

Those codes/products came right from the manufacturer, so there shouldnt be anything wrong with the code, I guess…

Solution

If you verify the barcode with a scanner that is designed to interpret a GS1 structure, you will see that the generated barcode is in fact incorrect.

You are missing a GS after the serial number, these codes MUST end a variable-length field if it’s not the last one. This is specified in GS1 general specifications section 7.8.5.2

Without this separator you can’t know where the serial ends – or, a machine interpreting the code can’t know.

Tell the manufacturer that they need to study the GS1 specs.

Edit: the "correct" version would be:

(01)00380652555852(17)260221(21)25146965079<GS>(11)210222(240)SA60AT225

The parentheses and group separator <GS> are not included literally in the code.

Since you have two variable-length identifiers (21) and (240) you need a GS no matter what you do. Only alternative would be to have some padding for serial number, then you could do without separator.

Answered By – MyICQ

Answer Checked By – Senaida (Easybugfix Volunteer)

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