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When most of us scan a barcode in 2015, we don't give it a second thought. We just get upset if it doesn't decode within a second or two. But without the data capture milestone described below, Microscan might be a very different company today.

The first UPC symbol ever scanned at a retail checkout counter was at the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974. It was a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. The shopper was Clyde Dawson. The cashier was Sharon Buchanan. When Ms. Buchanan passed the barcode over her newly-installed laser scanner's field of view, producing the tell-tale beep (good read!), she made history. The cash register rang up a quaint 67 cents.

The world-changing pack of gum is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.


Although this historic retail item and its trailblazing barcode are now in a museum, barcode technology is anything but a relic of the past. There are now an astonishing array of barcode symbologies, and new applications for these ubiquitous high-tech glyphs are being found every day. Barcodes are scanned billions of times a day, in industrial, clinical, electronics, packaging, and retail environments all over the world to enable assembly, tracking, traceability, and quality control tasks so we as consumers continue to receive exactly the products and services we expect.

Microscan's global presence guarantees that many of those decodes are being performed by our scanners, readers, and smart cameras. Our decode algorithms (like our unstoppable X-Mode technology) eat UPC symbols for lunch, and we'll make quick work of any other symbology thrown our way. Contact a Microscan Sales Manager in your region to learn more.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Product_Code

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