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AIDC 100 Archive - Jud Miner Collection

Collection Number
SC 394

OCLC Number

Jud Miner (Amos Judson Miner)

Donated in 2005 and 2012 by Jud Miner.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note 
The Jud Miner Collection consists of 2.5 linear inches of technical writings related to 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 created between 1985 and 2010. 

Arrangement and Processing Note
Processed by F. Jason Torre in 2006.
Finding aid edited and revised by Kristen J. Nyitray in September 2012, March 2014, and May 2019.

Series 1: Technical Writings
Series 2: Books


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access 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.  

[Item], [Box], Jud Miner Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
Jud Miner joined Watson Label Products in 1986 from the chemical industry as sales manager of their photocomposed bar code label division. He spoke frequently at trade association conferences and was awarded a certificate of appreciation as Chair-Education/Public Relations Subcommittee in 1994 by Telecommunications Industry Forum. In December, 1993 he was awarded an industry changing patent on pressure sensitive bar code labels that could withstand the heat involved in Reflo oven curing of printed circuit boards to add to printed circuit board useful life. He was a graduate of Wesleyan University, Connecticut and the MIT business executives masters degree program. His articles on bar codes in harsh environments were published in numerous trade journals. Jud Miner is a member of distinction of the Lotus Writers Guild and the author of four childrens books.

Statement by Jud Miner: "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."

In October 2010, he was awarded second place in the childrens/young adult fiction category of the 79th Writer's Digest Writing Competition."

Automatic identification and data capture
Bar coding.
Bar coding -- Equipment and supplies.
System identification.  
Automatic data collection systems.


Series 1: Technical Writings

Box 1

  • "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, 1999
  • "Assuring Bar Code Label Performance in Demanding Environments," October 6, 1999

Series 2: 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.