AIDC 100 Archives – Jud Miner Collection
Founder, Automation Associates; held positions with Watson Label Products, AT&T,
and Datapage Technologies
2.5 linear inches.
Technical writings; authored books.
Processed by F. Jason Torre, January 2006.
Finding aid and website updated by Kristen J. Nyitray, September 2012 and March 2014.
Scope, Content Note, and Series Description
AIDC 100 Archives Resource Center
The AIDC 100 Archives at Stony Brook University identifies, acquires, preserves and makes available to
the public, industry members, educators, and students a comprehensive and diverse
library of materials that documents the AIDC (automatic identification and data capture)
The Jud Miner Collection was donated to the AIDC 100 Archives and Library in winter
2005 and summer 2012. The collection is open to research without restrictions. Jud
Miner maintains copyright to all publications and papers contained within the collection.
When citing the collection, please credit it as follows: Jud Miner Collection, Special
Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries.
Biographical Note (memoir of Jud Miner, prepared for the AIDC 100 Archives Memoir Project)
"When I joined Watson Label Products in 1986 and became a part of the Auto ID industry,
my only familiarity with bar codes was that 12 months earlier I had landed a major
contract for a Chicago area printer to supply KS-22004 Code 11 labels to AT&T. In
people’s minds, that qualified me as a bar code expert. Little did they know! My entire
previous working life had been spent in the polymer chemical, adhesives, and printing
industries – my expertise was in materials, not in bar code technology.
At my first AIM meeting I was awed by the highly talented, highly experienced engineers,
physicists, mathematicians and computer programmers I met. I wondered what I, a lone
chemist, was doing in this industry of data collection experts.
In 1986 the primary markets for Watson photographic and offset printed bar code labels
were libraries and retail shelf marking. The contract I landed in 1988 with AT&T to
supply polyester bar code labels for printed circuit boards was Watson’s first major
industrial order. It became clear that the opportunities for photographic bar code
labels, where their excellent printing fidelity, the ability to place more information
in less space, and the flexibility to incorporate a great variety of adhesives and
over-laminating films in the label, were industrial applications.
Thus was launched the "Bar Codes in Harsh Environments" program. If your bar code
labels fry like bacon when exposed to high heat and won’t scan; if they shatter in
sub zero temperatures; if they fade when exposed to ultraviolet light; if abrasion
or exterior weathering cause them to deteriorate; if they won’t stick to difficult
substrates, what good are they? The Watson Label Products, and later Datapage Technologies
technical seminars I conducted at trade shows and industry association meetings, and
my trade journal articles were a better promotional effort than any advertising we
could have done. For me, tackling and solving bar code environmental problems has
been great fun, interesting, challenging, and profitable – two patents with my name
on them attest to that. In addition, being an active participant in AIAG, EIA, TCIF
and other trade associations has been educational, enjoyable, and rewarding.
In 1990, I left Watson Label Products and launched Automation Associates. The consulting
assignments I was awarded were aiming me in the direction of becoming Miner Testing
Laboratories, with a significant investment in testing equipment. The offer in 1991
join Datapage Technologies provided me a way to do what I enjoyed doing without a
capital nvestment. In 1997 I decided to take the training to become a Presbyterian
commissioned lay pastor. Datapage reassigned my sales and manufacturing responsibilities
so I could work part time and focus exclusively on product development.
I retired from Datapage in 1999. What with my Automation Associates consulting activities,
grandchildren, small church ministry and persons between jobs consulting, and writing
stories and a book for kids I’m busier now than before I retired."
Jud Miner is a member of distinction of the Lotus Writers Guild and the author of
four childrens books. In October 2010, he was awarded second place in the childrens/young
adult fiction category of the 79th Writer's Digest Writing Competition.
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists of two series of writings:
I. technical writings and II. authored books.
The material dates from 1985 to 2010. The scope of the technical documents includes
bar code printing, weather effects on bar codes, computer printed labels, and other
related topics. The books include a poetry activity book and a workbook for memoir
Original order has been maintained where applicable and re-created in others to assist
researchers. Items housed in acidic or metal housings have been removed from these
housings for preservation reasons and been placed in acid-free folders and boxes.
Rights and Permissions
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent as the physical owner of the collection
does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole
responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials
to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission
where needed prior to publication.
Series I. Technical Writings
- "IIL/TRSA Keynote Biography," undated
- "Creating Good Bar Code Labels for Bad Environments," undated
- "Transforming the Telecommunications Industry," undated
- "A Bar Code Specification for All Seasons," undated
- "Bar Code Labels: Stretching the Limits," undated
- "How to Plan Bar Code Labels for Demanding Applications," undated
- "Computer; Imprintable Labels come of Age," February 1985
- "To Print, or not to Print," March 1987
- "Don't Overlook Benefits of Preprinted Labels," March 1987
- "Selecting an Imaging Method," October 13, 1987
- "Pre-Printed Bar Code Labels," October 1988
- "Bar Coding in Manufacturing Operations," 1989
- "Photocomposed Labels Offer Bar Code Benefits," June 1990
- "The Secret to Bar Code Label Longevity," July 6, 1991
- "The Secret to Bar Code Label Longevity," January 1992
- "Your Supplier as Partner," October 1992
- "Bar Codes for Harsh Environmental Conditions," 1993
- "When to Use Preprinted Labels," June 1994
- "The Role of Verification," November 1994
- "Label Testing for Harsh Environments," May 1995
- "Bar Code Labeling for Challenging Applications," February 22, 1996
- "Bar Code Labels and UL Recognition," June 1996
- "Code for Success," March 1998
- "Datapage Patent 2,170,982," July 7, 1998
- "A Method for Minimizing Static Problems with Bar Code Labels and Seals," August 30,
- "Assuring Bar Code Label Performance in Demanding Environments," October 6, 1999
Series II. Authored Books
- A to Z Animal Poetry Adventures: Activity Book Edition (2010). By Jud Miner and Meg Walker. Illustrated by Jessica M. Greer.
- The Have Fun - Write a Story Workbook. A Story Writing Guide for Kids and the Young-at-Heart (2010). By Jud Miner.