Converting a UPC-E barcode (8 digits) TO UPC-A barcode (12 digits)

Support Article No. 24948
Latest updated: 10/31/2018

ISSUE: 
You would like to convert UPC-E barcodes to UPC-A barcode format. UPC (Universal Product Code) is a numeric symbology used in retail applications. UPC has two variations, an 11 digit UPC Type A barcode and and 6 digit UPC Type E barcode. A check digit is automatically calculated by the barcode generation software in both UPC variations.for a total of 12 digits on a UPC-A barcode and 8 digits on a UPC-E barcode. There are scenarios where it is necesarry to receive a UPC-A barcode.

SOLUTION:
The UPC-E bar code can be converted to a UPC-A bar code by scanning the configuration bar code available for download at the bottom of this page. Download the .ZIP file below, extract the page from the archive, print then scan utilizing the NX9 scanner. The document also contains a scan code to revert back to UPC-E.

NOTE: The conversion adds a leading zero to UPC-A decoded data format before transmission. After conversion, the data follows UPC-A format and is affected by UPC-A programming selections (e.g., Preamble, Check Digit)