Planet Introduction

This page concerns basic information of Planet, as well as its generating and printing components.

Planet Overview

This part talks about the Planet barcode. The Postal Alpha Numeric Encoding Technique (Planet) barcode, is a 12-digit or 14-digit long numeric symbology mainly used by the United States Postal Service to identify and track inbound and outbound letter mail & packages during delivery. The US Post Office use Planet barcodes for their Confirm service.



 

Generating and Printing Planet Barcodes

OnBarcode provides comprehensive Planet generators and scanner components for Java, .NET, Android, iOS developments and several reporting applications.

Planet Structure

The structure of Planet is as below:




Planet Barcode Size Setting

As for Planet size setting, three factors should be considered: bar width (i.e. X dimension) barcode width.


Planet Data Encoding

Being a postal barcode symbology, Planet encodes only numeric digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

The Planet barcode can identify mail piece class and shape, the Confirm Subscriber ID, additional information like the mailing number, mailing campaign ID or customer ID etc. as the subscriber chooses.

Planet Encoding Pattern

Similar to Postnet, another USPS postal barcode, Planet barcode encodes data in half- and full-height bars, with a similar encoding scheme as that of Code 2 of 5.

Planet Barcode Checksum Digit

Planet specifications require a module 10 checksum digit, which will be automatically added by OnBarcode Planet barcode generator software & components.

Planet Barcode vs Postnet Barcode

Similarities:

  • Planet barcode and Postnet barcode are similar in that both encode data in half- and full-height bars.

  • Both Planet and Postnet barcodes use a Code 2 of 5 encoding scheme.

  • Both Planet and Postnet barcodes start and end with a full bar, called a guard rail.

  • For both barcodes, each individual symbol digit is represented by a set of 5 bars.

Difference:

  • " Planet can encode 11 or 13 digits (excluding the last checksum digit ), while Postnet can encode 5, 6, 9 or 11 digits ( checksum digit excluded).




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