Set up bar code masks (Retail essentials) [AX 2012]

Updated: April 30, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

This topic explains how to set up bar code masks for bar codes. Bar code masks are templates that you use to create and verify bar codes, and to reduce bar code errors. You can set up masks for both standard bar codes and custom bar codes, which are also referred to as in-house bar codes. Bar code masks consist of an optional prefix and one or more segments.

In-house bar code masks

When you set up custom bar code masks, you must know the requirements of the scanners that are used in your stores. Some scanners only validate bar codes that have a specific format and check digit.

When you create a bar code mask for an item that has variants, Retail essentials can generate the bar codes for each combination of size, color, and style.

Standard bar code masks

Bar codes often have a fixed structure. For example, the last digit of standard EAN bar codes is a modulus check digit. When a bar code is entered, Retail essentials checks the validity of the input. Retail essentials also calculates the check digit and converts the input to a standard EAN bar code, if these steps are required.

Bar code masks can be based on any of the following bar code standards:

  • No bar code

  • EAN128/UCC128

  • Code 39

  • Interleaved 2 of 5

  • Code 128

  • UPC A

  • UPC E

  • EAN13

  • EAN8

  • PDF417

  • Maxicode

To set up bar code masks for bar codes, follow these steps:

  1. Click Retail essentials > Inventory management > Setup > Bar codes and labels > Bar code mask setup.

  2. Press CTRL+N or click New to create a new bar code mask.

  3. In the Mask ID field, type an ID number, and then, in the Description field, type a description.

  4. In the Type field, select the type of bar code mask.

  5. On the General FastTab, in the Bar code standard field, select the bar code standard for the mask.

  6. In the Prefix field, enter an optional prefix. For example, prefixes are often used to identify the manufacturer.

  7. On the Bar code mask segment FastTab, click Add to create a new segment, and then specify information about the segment.

    The Length field displays the total number of characters in the bar code mask, which is the sum of the characters in the segments and the prefix.

  8. Repeat step 7 for each additional segment that you must create.

    For example, a bar code mask that identifies the size, color, and style of a product might have the following segments.

    Segment number

    Type

    Length

    1

    Product

    4

    2

    Size digit

    2

    3

    Color digit

    2

    4

    Style digit

    2


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