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Verifying Your Verifier

Accurate verification and readability of barcodes is essential in avoiding fines, rejects, noncompliance, and other errors that could result in lost productivity and profits. With so much on the line, how can you ensure that your verifier complies with GS1, ISO, and IEC standards? Cue the Calibration Card.

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Is Autofocus Right For You?

Is Autofocus Right For You?

Is Autofocus Right For You?

When selecting a barcode reader or smart camera for your production line or OEM equipment, the efficiency of your system relies greatly on the ability to capture clear images of barcodes or key features consistently and at production speeds. Although autofocus devices may seem to cover the range of possible application variances, there are areas where fixed focus devices are sufficient for a given reading or inspection environment. In this article, we’ll outline five things you should take into account when choosing between fixed focus and autofocus lenses in industrial imaging devices, so you can make an informed decision.

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Microscan Solutions for Implementing Verification for Medical Device UDI Guidelines

Now that UDI Implementation has arrived, Medical Device Manufacturers and Labelers are scrambling to understand and meet the Compliance Timelines and requirements. The requests are pouring in for a verification solution to ensure the integrity of the symbol marking will accurately convey the information on your device through its lifecycle.

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Welcome to the X-Dimension...Not all barcodes are created equal. Depending on the code, the surface material, and the marking me

Not all barcodes are created equal. Depending on the code, the surface material, and the marking method - whether printed, laser etched, or engraved - a code's quality can vary widely from mark to mark. When barcode quality becomes an issue and important product data is at risk of being lost due to decodability issues with bad barcodes, manufacturers may use machine vision-based barcode verification systems to evaluate the properties of marked codes to verify they are marked well enough to ensure long-term readability.  

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The Quiet Reason Your Barcodes May Be Failing

Using barcodes for item identification and data acquisition is critical to the reliable function of automated operations, from ensuring that the correct components are used in the assembly of a smart phone to providing accurate patient data for samples in a laboratory. 

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UDI - Not Just for Your Packaging Anymore

Now that UDI has arrived, medical device manufacturers and labelers are under new obligations from the U.S. FDA to meet specific device coding and labeling requirements for their devices – and it’s not just for device labels and packaging anymore. Beginning this September, (September 24, 2016 to be exact), the FDA rolls out the first deadline for permanently marking UDI codes onto medical devices themselves. 

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3 Things You Need to Verify about Your Barcode

Product serialization, data compliance, and label accuracy have been on everyone 's lips these days. With manufacturers under obligation to meet new federal regulations for traceability initiatives in industries from aerospace and defense (DoD IUID) to medical device (FDA UDI), Microscan has been busy keeping up with the demand barcode verification and label inspection training and solutions.  

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My Week at AHTD's Spring Meeting

It seems as though everyone in our business has seen a flurry of activity within the first quarter of 2016. Our business is up across technology segments, vertical markets, and geographies. 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for Microscan and the automation market overall.

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Partner Success Story: Innovation in Forestry Automation

The Marketing team loves seeing our Partners recognized for their innovative and successful solutions to customer challenges. I wanted to call out eSolutions for recently being published in Vision Systems Design for their out-of-the-box approach to forestry automation. Pike Lumber asked eSolutions to develop a vision system for automatic log diameter measurement of trees that have already been cut down but still need to be cut into lengths and have their limbs removed.

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CIJ Printers in OCR Vision Application (Part 3 of 3)

This article is the third of three articles about OCR vision applications with continuous inkjet printers (CIJ). In this third article, you will learn about the different vision solutions possible with Microscan vision technology. If you haven't read the first and second articles yet, I recommend reading them before proceeding further in the current article.

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Made to Order: How the Internet Enables Custom Manufacturing

The next big revolution in manufacturing is just beginning. The world is getting smaller through technology and communication, and the internet is key in bringing about this transition. Cell phones, cars, watches, home alarm systems, televisions. The interconnectedness of devices and sensors is making its way into the manufacturing processes. Through the use of internet protocols, devices and sensors across the factory lines can track and control product through various stages of development.

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B(u)y Gum! The First Retail UPC Symbol Ever Scanned

When most of us scan a barcode in 2015, we don't give it a second thought. We just get upset if it doesn 't decode within a second or two. But without the data capture milestone described below, Microscan might be a very different company today. The first UPC symbol ever

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