Advantages of the HP Barcode

The HP Barcode is automatically included from HP FlexiPRINT and CUT Software, no additional programs are needed. The barcode is printed, and the HP Cutter reads it before cutting.


The barcode contains the cutting data for each specific job, so each barcode is unique.


These are the main advantages provided by the HP Barcode:


  • No PC intervention needed. Once the barcode is printed and the job is loaded into the HP Cutter, there is no need to use the PC again, so users will benefit from unique automation.
  • Efficient job recognition. The HP Cutter will read the barcode, get the exact information from the RIP and start cutting.
  • Production flexibility. As long as the job is in the RIP queue, the user can decide when to cut it. For example, if the user has printed a job with the barcode and receives another urgent order, the first job could be cut at the end of the day, the day after, at the end of the week… as long as the job is in the RIP queue, the HP Cutter will be able to recognize the barcode and cut it properly.
  • No need to know plot orientation. The HP Barcode is printed at the beginning and end of the media sheet/roll (two barcodes are always printed), so there’s no need to know the plot orientation. For example, if the job has been laminated and needs to be loaded into the cutter, users won’t need to remember the plot orientation to make sure the job is properly cut. Users will benefit from an error-free workflow.
  • Reduce the risk of losing a job. We know that sometimes unexpected events can occur, such as part of the printout being damaged. By using the HP Barcode, the risk of losing a job is considerably reduced, since two barcodes are always printed, and both barcodes are equally recognized by the cutter. In addition, long jobs can be divided into smaller jobs (adding more barcodes), so only part of the job is lost when experiencing an issue.
  • Cut reliability and accuracy. The HP Barcode together with OPOS marks allow to cut long runs without compromising cutting accuracy, which make the cutting process more reliable. Users will benefit from an accurate and consistent finishing.
  • Unattended cut. Users have the possibility to add as many barcodes as they prefer, especially when combining many jobs. The HP cutter will start reading the first barcode, and then cut the first job. After finishing cutting the first job, the cutter sensor will automatically look for the second barcode, and so on. This means users can benefit from an unattended production.

From October 2017, the HP Barcode will be black and yellow, instead of black and grey.


HPBarcodeLines.jpgWith the new High Contrast HP Barcode, the HP cutter will be able to identify your Print and Cut jobs in many more medias and situations.

You will require less recalibrations due to substrate and profile changes and improve the overall productivity of your HP Print and Cut solution. To enjoy the benefits of the new High Contrast HP Barcode, just upgrade to the latest version of your RIP software*.



*After the colour change, in the majority of cases you will not require a cutter sensor recalibration. If you do experience any issues, re-calibrate the sensor as described in the user guide with the high contrast calibration plot available in the RIP software.


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