Barcode simbology PZN

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Barcode simbology PZN

Post by bra » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:13 pm

I was trying to find barcode PZN (aka Pharma-Zentral-Nummer, Pharmazentralnummer, Code PZN, CodePZN, Pharma Zentral Nummer) in Nice Designer but i was unable to find it, so i'm loking for other suggestions:

Is it posible to create PZN in some other way (maybe exsist some trick) using exsisting Code 39 (issue: PZN is based on Code 39, but uses difrent check digit calculation Modulo 11, Code 39 uses check digit calculation Modulo 43)?

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Re: Barcode simbology PZN

Post by Saso » Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:13 pm

Hi bra,

You are correct, there is no built-in support for PZN bar code in NiceLabel software.
Because any user can construct the PZN bar code himself. As you said, PZN is Code39 with the check digit Modulo 11. You have to define the PZN check digit algorithm in NiceLabel Pro.

Do the following:
  1. Create a 6-digit variable, let's name it PZN.
  2. Go to Data -> Check Digit Algorithms.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Define the settings as seen in the screenshot.
    PNZ Modulo 11.png
    PNZ Modulo 11.png (18.68 KiB) Viewed 22417 times
    The first digit is multiplied by 2, the second by 3, ..., the sixth by 7. The sum of products is divided by 11 and the result is the check digit.
  5. Go to Data -> Functions.
  6. Click New.
  7. Select User defined check digit algorithms. Go to Detailed tab.
  8. For Algorithm name select the new algorithm PZN.
    For Input variable, select PZN.
    You can rename the output variable.
  9. The output variable contains the 6-digit value plus the check digit based on PZN Modulo 11.
I believe there are some changes planned for PZN for year 2013. It will be expanded to 8 digits.
I will get back with more information tomorrow.
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Re: Barcode simbology PZN

Post by Saso » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:45 am

Some additional info:
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Re: Barcode simbology PZN

Post by shahidjee » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:21 pm

I am currently evaluating NiceLabel Pro Demo 5.2.1 build 2514
As I understand it, this capability is not currently available. Is there any possibility that this capability is under consideration?
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Re: Barcode simbology PZN

Post by Saso » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:20 am

Hi Shadid,

The PZN functionality is still not available in NiceLabel with "a single mouse click".

PZN is "just another" data-encoding standard that you can easily support in NiceLabel on your own. You can still use PZN, if you follow the steps in the previous post. It's just bar code Code39 with custom check digit algorithm.

I suggest that you use the latest version of NiceLabel V6 for evaluation. Version 5.2.1 is almost 4 years old!
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Re: Barcode simbology PZN

Post by bra » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:56 am

Thank you for this detailecd information. It can be very useful for bilding not so usual barcode data-encoding.

BR

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