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.
Scope, Content Note, and Series Description
100 Archives Resource Center
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
When citing the collection, please credit it as follows: Jud Miner Collection,
Special Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries.
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 to
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 writing.
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
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,"
- "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, 1999
- "Assuring Bar Code Label Performance in Demanding Environments," October
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.