Product package labels for electronic components using bar code and two- dimensional symbologies

Applies to labels on the packaging of electronic components for automatic handling. These labels use linear bar code and two-dimensional (2D) symbols. Bar code and 2D symbols markings are used, in general, for automatic identification and handling of components in electronics assembly lines. Intended applications include systems that automate the control of component packages during production, inventory and internal distribution.

Etiketten für Verpackungen elektronischer Bauelemente unter Anwendung von Strichcodierung und zweidimensionaler Symbologien

Etiquettes d'emballage de produits pour composants électroniques, utilisant un code à barres et une symbologie bidimensionelle

S'applique aux étiquettes sur l'emballage des composants électroniques pour opérations automatisées. Ces étiquettes utilisent un code à barres linéaire et symboles bidimensionnels (2D). En général, le code à barres et les marquages de symboles 2D sont utilisés pour l'identification et la manipulation automatiques de composants dans les chaînes de montage en électronique. Les applications prévues comprennent des systèmes qui automatisent le contrôle des boîtiers de composants pendant la production, l'inventaire et la distribution interne.

Product package labels for electronic components using bar code and two- dimensional symbologies

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Product package labels for electronic components using bar code and two-
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ICS 31.190; 35.040 Referenčna številka
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ICS 35.040; 31.190; 31.200
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Product package labels for electronic components
using bar code and two-dimensional symbologies
(IEC 62090:2002)
Etiquettes d'emballage de produits  Etiketten für Verpackungen elektronischer
pour composants électroniques, Bauelemente unter Anwendung von
utilisant un code à barres Strichcodierung und zweidimensionaler
et une symbologie bidimensionelle Symbologien
(CEI 62090:2002) (IEC 62090:2002)

This European Standard was approved by CENELEC on 2003-02-01. CENELEC members are bound to
comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this European
Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration.

Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references concerning such national standards may be obtained on
application to the Central Secretariat or to any CENELEC member.

This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other
language made by translation under the responsibility of a CENELEC member into its own language and
notified to the Central Secretariat has the same status as the official versions.

CENELEC members are the national electrotechnical committees of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta,
Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization
Comité Européen de Normalisation Electrotechnique
Europäisches Komitee für Elektrotechnische Normung

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© 2003 CENELEC - All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved worldwide for CENELEC members.

Ref. No. EN 62090:2003 E
The text of document 91/329/FDIS, future edition 1 of IEC 62090, prepared by IEC TC 91, Electronics
assembly technology, was submitted to the IEC-CENELEC parallel vote and was approved by
CENELEC as EN 62090 on 2003-02-01.

The following dates were fixed:

– latest date by which the EN has to be implemented
at national level by publication of an identical
national standard or by endorsement (dop) 2003-11-01

– latest date by which the national standards conflicting
with the EN have to be withdrawn (dow) 2006-02-01

Annexes designated "normative" are part of the body of the standard.
Annexes designated "informative" are given for information only.
In this standard, annex ZA is normative and annexes A, B, C and D are informative.
Annex ZA has been added by CENELEC.
Endorsement notice
The text of the International Standard IEC 62090:2002 was approved by CENELEC as a European
Standard without any modification.

In the official version, for Bibliography, the following notes have to be added for the standards
IEC 60286-1 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60286-1:1998 (not modified).
IEC 60286-2 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60286-2:1998 (not modified).
IEC 60286-3 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60286-3:1998 (not modified).
IEC 60286-4 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60286-4:1998 (not modified).
IEC 60286-5 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60286-5:1997 (modified).
IEC 60286-6 NOTE Harmonized as EN 60286-6:1998 (not modified).
- 3 - EN 62090:2003
Annex ZA
Normative references to international publications
with their corresponding European publications
This European Standard incorporates by dated or undated reference, provisions from other
publications. These normative references are cited at the appropriate places in the text and the
publications are listed hereafter. For dated references, subsequent amendments to or revisions of any
of these publications apply to this European Standard only when incorporated in it by amendment or
revision. For undated references the latest edition of the publication referred to applies (including
NOTE When an international publication has been modified by common modifications, indicated by (mod), the relevant
EN/HD applies.
Publication Year Title EN/HD Year
IEC 60194 - Printed board design, manufacture and - -
assembly - Terms and definitions

ISO/IEC 15417 - Information Technology - Automatic - -
identification and data capture
techniques - Bar code symbology
specification - Code 128
ISO/IEC 15418 - Information technology - EAN/UCC - -
application identifiers and fact data
identifiers and maintenance
ISO/IEC 15434 - Information technology - Transfer syntax - -
for high capacity ADC media
ISO/IEC 15438 - Information technology - Automatic - -
identification and data capture
techniques - Bar code symbology
specifications - PDF417
ISO/IEC 15459 Series Information technology - Unique - -
identification of transport units

ISO/IEC 15459-1 - Information technology - Unique - -
identification of transport units
Part 1: General
ISO/IEC 16022 - Information technology - International - -
symbology specification - Data matrix

ISO/IEC 16388 - Information technology - Automatic - -
identification and data capture
techniques - Bar code symbology
specifications - Code 39
Undated reference.
Publication Year Title EN/HD Year
ISO/IEC 18004 - Information technology - Automatic - -
identification and data capture
techniques - Bar code symbology -
QR Code
1) 2)
ISO 3166 - Codes for the representation of names EN 23166 1993
of countries and their subdivisions

ISO 8601 - Data elements and interchange formats - -
- Information interchange -
Representation of dates and times

Valid edition at date of issue.

Première édition
First edition
Etiquettes d'emballage de produits
pour composants électroniques, utilisant
un code à barres et une symbologie
Product package labels for electronic
components using bar code and
two-dimensional symbologies
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62090 © IEC:2002 – 3 –
1 Scope and object . 7
2 Normative references. 7
3 Definitions . 9
4 Label data content and requirements . 9
4.1 Data elements . 9
4.2 Data representation .19
4.3 Rules for encoding of mandatory and optional data elements in machine-
readable symbols and human-readable information .25
4.4 Data carriers.31
4.5 Label size, layout, and location.37
Annex A (informative) EIAJ use of 3N data identifier on component packages.45
Annex B (informative)  Glossary.51
Annex C (informative) Choice of symbologies in label design .75
Annex D (informative) Quality aspects of labels – Label adhesive characteristics and
mark durability .79
Figure 1 – Example of encoding data identifier data in a 2D symbol .21
Figure 2 – Examples of terminology .23
Figure 3 – Label with a linear bar code and human-readable information .37
Figure 4 – Label with a 2D symbol and human-readable information .39
Figure 5 – Label with a linear bar code, a 2D symbol and human-readable information .39
Figure 6 – Typical label locations .43
Figure A.1 – Examples of label and label layout .49
Figure C.1 – Flowchart to select bar code symbologies for use in label design.77
Figure D.1 – Adhesion tester.85
Table 1 – Data identifiers (DIs) used in item identification .11
Table 2 – DIs used to identify quantity.13
Table 3 – DIs used for traceability information.15
Table 4 – DIs used for supplier identification.17
Table 5 – Country of origin DI .17
Table 6 – Data elements, maximum length, and data status for product package labels .29
Table 7 – Summary of rules for encoding in machine-readable symbols and printing in
human-readable information.31
Table 8 – Product package label symbol requirements − Code 39 .33
Table 9 – Product package label symbol requirements − Code 128 .33
Table A.1 – Data elements of bar code pattern (EIAJ) .45
Table A.2 – Symbol requirements of bar code pattern (EIAJ).45

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International Standard IEC 62090 has been prepared by IEC technical committee 91:
Electronics assembly technology.
The text of this standard is based on the following documents:
FDIS Report on voting
91/329/FDIS 91/344/RVD
Full information on the voting for the ap

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