Consecutive Numbering |
MICR Numbering | Bar Code Numbering
| MOD Numbering | Security Features
- Consecutive numbering changes sequentially from one form to the next.
- It can be used as a control feature to provide a distinct identity to each
- The standard numbering color is red, but other colors are available. Consult
your supplier for their color list.
- Several digit sizes are available for consecutive numbering and some manufacturers
of printed products may offer more than one size.
- Alphabetic characters can also be used in the number.
- As shown in the illustration below, a consecutive number can be printed
in almost any location on a form. The number can be printed parallel or perpendicular
to the rest of the copy on the form and multiple numbers can also be printed
on a form. It is best to check with your print supplier for their capabilities
as this may differ between suppliers.
Crash Numbering: Unit sets are numbered after they have been
printed and collated together. The numbering machine makes an impression
of the number on the form. The number is red on part one and is an
image transfer on the other parts made from the impression of the
numbering machine. The numbering usually takes place at the end of
the collating machine after the individual parts of the form have
Press Numbering: Unit sets are numbered at the press as they
are being printed. The number is red on each part because each part
is being numbered separately before they are collated together. All
parts do not have to be numbered when doing numbering at the press.
Also, the number location can change from part to part if necessary.
Press numbering is more expensive than crash numbering due to the
additional setup and running time at the press when the forms are
- MICR (Magnetic Image Character Recognition)
is a special encoded number used on checks and other secure documents that
can be read by MICR scanning equipment.
- It is printed using a MICR character font as shown above.
- A special magnetic ink is used to print the characters, making the MICR
encoding recognizable by the scanner.
- Banks use MICR encoding to scan account information from checks as they
go through the bank's system.
- MICR encoding is made up of a static number or a static and consecutive
number. The static number is used for account, routing, and amount numbers,
and the consecutive MICR number is used for check numbers.
To see a sample document with consecutive
numbering and MICR encoding, click the following link:
Bar Code Numbering
- Bar code numbering is used on many types of applications to code and decode
- It consists of bars and spaces of various sizes as shown in the sample above.
- The bar codes can be static (the same number on each piece) or consecutive
(sequential from piece to piece).
- A number of different types of bar codes have been developed to meet the
special needs of different industries. The different bar code types are known
- The scanned information is received without the input errors that can occur
with the use of traditional methods of entering data. Bar coding is a much
more reliable, faster, and efficient method of gathering information.
For more information on bar coding, click on
the link: Bar Coding
MOD (Modulus) or check digit numbering involves selecting a
numbering method (MICR, Gothic, OCR, or Bar Code) to be used on documents for
which an additional digit will be printed to the right of a base sequential
number enabling the document owner to verify and control some aspect of the
document, it's contents, or the intended end-user of the document. Click the
link, MOD Numbering,
to learn more.
A number of features can be incorporated with
numbering to provide security to unit sets. Two of the most popular are Rainbow
numbering and Bleed-through numbering.
- Rainbow numbering:
A special technique that gives the number a rainbow appearance.
- Bleed-through numbering:
A technique in which the numbering ink contains a pink dye that bleeds through
the back of the document, 48 hours after production.
Both rainbow and bleed-through numbering are most
commonly used on checks and other negotiable forms. Click on the links above
to see samples. Consult your supplier for availability of these features.
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