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

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.

  • Unique IDs
    All numbers assigned to barcodes are unique to ensure proper identification.

  • ID Management
    A brewer can log IDs for easy bulk-loading into KegID software.

  • High Quality Assets
    All kegs are made of high-grade stainless steel.

  • Environmentally Friendly
    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
    High contrast provides a sufficient difference between light and dark elements of a barcode to allow optimal readability.

  • Axial Uniformity
    This is to prevent a disruptive deviation along a symbol’s major axis.

  • Grid Uniformity
    Grid uniformity means the barcode is proportionate and square-shaped, versus a distorted pattern.

  • High Modulation
    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.

  • Balanced Reflectance
    This is the ability to distinguish the symbol elements from the background and the light area from the dark area.

  • Print Growth
    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”).

  • Module Size
    The module size depends on the precision of the laser-etched edge.

  • Symbology
    Barcodes are 2D QR or DataMatrix, preferably with at least 30% redundancy built in.

Examples of Poor Barcodes

  • Poor Axial Uniformity

    Poor Axial Uniformity

  • Lack of Grid Uniformity

  • Low Barcode Contrast

    Low Barcode Contrast

  • Unsatisfactory Print Growth

    Unsatisfactory Print Growth

KegID Barcodes

For unequipped assets, KegID can supply a wide array of high quality barcode solutions.

KegID Barcodes