EAN code OCR & data capturing

Enhance the effectiveness of your organization with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and data extraction. Process EAN codes safely and quickly with Klippa. Powered by machine learning.

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What we can do with EAN codes

Our machine learning technology can automate many business processes requiring EAN codes via our APIs and SDKs.
EAN code scanning and recognition
Format conversion and scan quality improvement
EAN code extraction to text, CSV, XLSX or JSON
Data extraction on all types of documents
Classifying products with EAN codes
(Cross) validating EAN code data

EAN code field extraction

An image speaks more than a thousand words. Below is an example of the three steps our OCR engine takes to automatically extract EAN codes from documents.

Uploading file to the API

The first step is providing a picture or a PDF file containing an EAN code to our API. Usually this is done from a mobile app, email, FTP or web application.

Image to text using OCR

As soon as a picture or PDF has been received, each page is converted to a TXT file. In this step all the text from the document is extracted, but it is not yet structured.

Getting JSON output from the API

The Klippa Parser takes the TXT gained from the OCR in step 2 and converts it into structured JSON using machine learning. The JSON is then returned as output from the API. The EAN code is now extracted. 

From here the field can easily be processed into your database. Whether you are processing EAN codes for wholesale ordering, accounting, insurances or other purposes, Klippa is here to help. 

The image on the left is a simplified example of the JSON response.
Reduce cost
Spend less on extracting EAN codes by using Klippa.
Improve speed
Process EAN codes automatically within seconds.
Reduce errors
Prevent manual data entry errors with high quality data extraction of EAN codes.
Prevent fraud
Automatically recognize errors, duplicates and fraud.
Which objects can you scan for EAN codes?
Below is a list of objects for which you can use EAN code extraction. This is not an exhaustive list, but depends on what the client requires.
Insurance documents
Warranty certificates
Invoices and receipts
Pictures of products with an EAN code
And many more documents
Identify fraudulent documents via crosschecks
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does EAN code OCR cost?
The pricing structure for Klippa EAN code capturing depends on the amount of documents. Both pay per use and monthly licenses are available. Get in contact with our product specialists to get an exact quote.
What EAN codes are supported?
International Article Numbers, European Article Numbers, EANs, Global Trade Identification Numbers, GTINs, all different wordings for the same thing: the barcode of a product. In general, we support all barcodes, including:

– EAN-13 codes
– EAN-8 codes
– EAN-2 codes
– EAN-5 codes
– UPC-A codes
– Japanese Article Numbers (JANs)

In case you wonder if we support a certain EAN code or have any other question, feel free to contact us.
What kind of clients are using Klippa?
Klippa’s engine extracts as much data as possible from documents via OCR and machine learning. We support many different types of clients, because our engine is so versatile. 

It is most commonly used by clients in the wholesale, retail and insurance industry.
What languages does Klippa support?
All European languages are supported. Our engine performs best on documents in English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Spanish, German, Hebrew and French. Other languages can be supported on request, we’d just need to train our machine learning models.
Is Klippa EAN code capturing GDPR-compliant?
All the services that Klippa offers are fully GDPR-compliant. By default, we use ISO-certified servers within the European Union for processing. If you are not located within the EU, we can also set up servers in a region of choice. 

Next to that, a data processor agreement is in place. We do not store any of your or your customers’ data after processing.
Can Klippa convert documents to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
Yes we can. Klippa takes pictures of documents, or their PDF equivalents, and converts them to readable text using OCR. From there we use machine learning to turn the text into structured data. Most of the time we use JSON for this, but depending on your preferences we can also convert documents to CSV, XLSX or XML.
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What is an EAN code?

EAN stands for European Article Number. It’s a series of letters and numbers in a unique order that is used in global trade to identify a specific product. 

The EAN code consists of the EAN, but is accompanied by a scannable barcode. These barcodes can be scanned and read by a computer (e.g. at the checkout of a retail store).

The most commonly used EAN standard is the thirteen-digit EAN-13. Since 2009, EAN codes have also been used to encode Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN).

Other well-known EAN code variants are the EAN-8 (mainly used for small articles), EAN-14 (with a Packaging Indicator) and EAN-128 (also known as GS1-128).

Did you know that apart from EAN codes, Klippa OCR can scan other types of data fields, such as barcodes, QR codes, or even serial numbers? Contact us for more information.