Below is the key to the AEP barcode system that has become a standard for the industry. The related barcode spreadsheet is available as a reference.
An AEP Barcode consists of 17 characters.
|1 and 2||Used to indicate the Test Setup.
AEP uses automated meter testing boards that use these 2 digits to correctly set the voltage, current and form factor during a meter test. Refer to spreadsheet
|3||Indicates the Manufacturer Name.
Refer to spreadsheet.
|4-12||These 9 digits are the manufacturer's
serial number for the device.
Pad with leading zeros if less than 9 digits are supplied.
|13-17||(Utility Specified) These five digits are used in AEP as follows:|
|13-14||Generally indicate the capabilities of the meter (such as Time of Use, Load Profile Recording, Reactive power measurement, KWh, Demand, etc)|
|15||Generally indicates the
(Socket, A base, K base, etc)
|16||Generally indicates the voltage range|
|17||Generally indicates the current range
This last group of digits is under constant revision to keep up with the expanding functionality of modern meters.