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UDI Compliance Guide

With compliance dates on the horizon for implementing UDI for new classes of medical devices, businesses must be proactive in ensuring standardized product serialization and update their labeling procedures at a rapid pace, or forfeit the right to participate legally in the marketplace. This whitepaper offers guidelines for simplifying each step toward UDI compliance and answers common questions about the FDA UDI rule.

Becoming the Factory of the Future

Learn about the Industrial Internet of Things and the foundational steps every manufacturer should take now to prepare their operations for the coming Industrial Internet Revolution.

Direct Marking for FDA UDI Compliance


For medical device manufacturers under obligation to comply with FDA UDI requirements by directly marking devices, this white paper offers current FDA guidance as well as answers to the most common questions.


Machine Vision Solutions for CIJ Print Inspection


Learn the common print defects of continuous inkjet (CIJ) printing in high-speed packaging lines and how to ensure print accuracy with creative implementations of machine vision tools that provide the lowest rate of false failures.


Five Things to Know Before Choosing an Embedded Data Acquisition Device

Make sure the device you choose meets precise requirements for form, fit, and function for the life of your embedded system by checking these five facts about your application.

Eight Tips for Optimal Machine Vision Lighting

Lighting plays a key role in the performance of a machine vision system.  Optimal lighting yields high contrast images that are read reliably and consistently by the vision system, saving time, effort, and money in the long run.  This white paper outlines eight helpful tips for choosing the optimal lighting solution for a machine vision application.

Review of Direct Part Marking Methods

Reviews a wide variety of methods for marking objects with machine-readable symbols in order to track them through the entire life cycle.

Shedding Light on Machine Vision

For effective machine vision, the first step in devising a vision system should be the lighting. This paper reviews important criteria for setting up an effective lighting system.

TTC: High Production Output at Low Costs

Learn how Track, Trace and Control solutions help manufacturers cut cost, cut waste, automate critical manufacturing processes, and increase yields—all critical elements in today’s economic environment.

Automated Data Collection Improves Safety and Efficiency in Clinical Applications

An in-depth evaluation of barcodes and value-added barcode reading subsystems for lab instruments.

Ensuring Labeling Accuracy in the Packaging Process

Accurate labeling is essential to today’s food and beverage manufacturers. This white paper focuses on barcode and machine vision systems that can be used in packaging lines to ensure label accuracy and to comply with safety regulations as well as mandates or codes of practice imposed by retailers.

Is a Laser Scanner or an Imager the Best Choice for Your Application?

Choosing the right barcode reading technology is fundamental to achieving optimal performance from a data collection solution. As new symbologies and technologies are developed, the choices are more varied than ever. There has been much debate on the merits of laser-based and camera-based barcode readers, and in fact, some have asserted that only image-based readers should be considered for new automation applications.

Understanding the Role of Auto ID in the FDA’s UDI Initiative

The U.S. FDA’s proposed UDI (Unique Device Identification) program contains much that is of interest to the Auto ID community and to manufacturers and labelers of medical devices. Describes the UDI program, which devices are affected, and implementation of the requirements.

Six Advantages of Ethernet for Auto ID Readers

This white paper focuses on barcode reader connectivity options and the uses and benefits of each in modern manufacturing environments. Ethernet communication is not always the best choice but offers many advantages.

Coding & Marking Challenges - Common Industrial Print Techniques and Their Challenges

This white paper describes the most common print techniques in industrial applications, the most common challenges, and the effect these challenges can have on print and code quality.

Understanding Machine Vision Verification of 1D and 2D Barcodes

Machine vision verification is one tool that can be used to ensure that barcodes meet a consistent level of quality for readability in an automated process, and that bad codes are identified before they result in costly failures. This white paper introduces 1D and 2D barcode verification and identifies parameters for verifying codes against published standards.

Bar Code Basics

An overview of fixed-mount bar code scanners: how they work, what they can and can't do, and how they can meet your specific requirements.

Understanding 2D Symbol Verification

Reviews the strict criteria for Data Matrix symbol quality verification as outlined in several industry standards.

Basics of ESD Safety

Discusses electrostatic discharge (ESD) and the importance of safety precautions in manufacturing environments.

Three Ways to Enhance Packaging Line Performance

Learn how machine vision OCR (optical character recognition) can be used in packaging lines to more efficiently ensure compliance with date and lot tracking regulations.

Data Matrix Sets the Standard for Identification

Discusses the use of Data Matrix symbols on thousands of diverse items to provide accurate identification, safeguard product integrity, and keep production processes flowing efficiently.

Technical Considerations for ESD Safety

Learn how to master ESD control in automated electronics manufacturing. 

Understanding Optical Character Recognition

Learn about the benefits of using OCR to interpret text codes alongside linear barcodes and 2D symbols.

The Most Common Causes of Unreadable Barcodes

Understand the root cause of unreadable barcodes and learn how to use technology appropriately to prepare for or resolve these issues, ensuring your operations' success in automation.

Three-Step Verification for Lean Product Labeling

The leanest labeling processes incorporate verification at three critical steps during manufacturing: Step 1: Verify label data structure offline after code creation; Step 2: Verify label compliance and readability offline after final artwork; Step 3: Verify label print quality inline directly after printing or applying to product.

Application of Data Matrix Verification Standards

Discusses the implementation of Data Matrix quality standards and U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD-130.

Using Automated Cap Inspection to Prevent Medical Errors

A cap inspection system is one solution to improve error prevention processes. By inspecting test tubes and caps to collect detailed information such as diameter, cap color, and cap type, instrument manufacturers no longer need to engineer for the worst case scenario.

Symbol Reconstruction in Barcoding Applications

Symbol reconstruction ensures data capture in environments where symbol quality, location, and orientation cannot always be controlled.

Data Matrix Verification FAQ

The purpose of Data Matrix symbol verification is to ensure reliable and consistent symbol quality through the supply chain. This document addresses Frequently Asked Questions about Data Matrix verification.

Embedded Bar Code Reader Comparison

View a comparison of Microscan's line of embedded bar code readers.

Guidelines for Embedding a Reader

Reveals four important areas engineers need to consider in order to successfully embed a bar code reader.

Optical Envelope Defined



Handheld Reader Comparison

View a comparison of Microscan's line of handheld Auto ID barcode readers.

Machine Vision System Comparison

Describes differences between AutoVISION software, Visionscape software, Visionscape GigE vision, PC-based vision, smart camera systems, and more.

Lighting Effects and Solution Comparison

View a comparison of NERLITE machine vision lighting products and examples of each light in use.

Pharmaceutical Packaging Applications with I-PAK

Four common pharmaceutical applications using Visionscape I-PAK, including date/lot code verification and bright stock identification, as well as a variety of other package, label or product inspections.

Packaging Solutions

Microscan's line of solutions for the packaging industry.

Fundamentals of PDF417 Symbology



Data Matrix Capacity Chart



Lab Automation Solutions

Microscan's line of solutions for the lab automation industry.

Clinical Diagnostics Solutions

Microscan's line of solutions for clinical diagnostics.

Electronics Solutions

Microscan's line of solutions for the electronics industry.

Microscan X-Mode Technology