Certified Keg Manufacturer Program
As KegID drives the keg tracking standard in the brewing industry, we’d like to recognize the leading keg manufacturers that follow our suggested best practices. By etching a 2D barcode permanently on a keg, brewers can adopt KegID with ease.
Criteria Used for Keg Manufacturer Certification
KegID-Certified Keg Manufacturers
We advocate these manufacturers as premiere partners who meet and/or exceed the certification criteria.
Specs & Details
Defaulted 2D Barcodes
Each keg has a 2D laser-etched barcode.
All numbers assigned to barcodes are unique to ensure proper identification.
A brewer can log IDs for easy bulk-loading into KegID software.
High Quality Assets
All kegs are made of high-grade stainless steel.
Kegs have up to a 30 year lifespan and can be recycled.
What Makes a Quality Etched Barcode?
When coding is done the right way, you can rest assured that your scans will be read every time.
High contrast provides a sufficient difference between light and dark elements of a barcode to allow optimal readability.
This is to prevent a disruptive deviation along a symbol’s major axis.
Grid uniformity means the barcode is proportionate and square-shaped, versus a distorted pattern.
High modulation indicates uniformity of light and dark elements of a barcode.
Clean Quiet Zone
The area surrounding a barcode must be kept free of text or marks.
This is the ability to distinguish the symbol elements from the background and the light area from the dark area.
Print growth is the change of the size of an individual element of a barcode.
Minimum Barcode Size
The minimum size is 13mm (½”). Due to the curvature of the keg, the maximum size is 25mm (1”).
The module size depends on the precision of the laser-etched edge.
Barcodes are 2D QR or DataMatrix, preferably with at least 30% redundancy built in.
Examples of Poor Barcodes
Poor Axial Uniformity
Lack of Grid Uniformity
Low Barcode Contrast
Unsatisfactory Print Growth
For unequipped assets, KegID can supply a wide array of high quality barcode solutions.