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ISO: Raising Your Standards

Perfectly summarizing the motivation for setting global standards, the slogan of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) declares that “Great things happen when the world agrees.”  By standardizing label layouts, barcode quality, and symbology parameters, ISO plays a key role in the same field as Omron Microscan.

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Do You Speak Barcode? Decoding the Global Language of GS1

The constant chatter of barcodes and scanners underpins supply chain systems and automated processes all over the world. Ultimately, these ubiquitous interactions connect the digital world to the physical objects we purchase and use every day. To make such connections work on a global scale requires more than just careful planning. It requires a whole new language.

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Latching Onto Barcodes Like a Bird of Prey: Understanding MicroHAWK Autofocus

Imagine what a nuisance it would be if a barcode reader could only decode an image when it was placed exactly five inches from the lens and perfectly centered. Entire assembly lines would need to be built around this magic distance of five inches, costing factories exorbitant amounts of time and money to get things just right. Fortunately, that’s not how barcode readers like the MicroHAWK work.

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Happy Birthday! The Barcode Turns 65!

October 2017 marked the 65th anniversary of the barcode! In October of 1952, the first barcode concept, inspired by Morse Code, was officially documented and patented. If you are just starting your journey in the barcode world, here are some basics of  barcode technology and its history.

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HAWK MV-4000: The Legacy Continues

When you start thinking about legacies, you take stock of your accomplishments and lessons learned. You take stock not only of the past, but what you are doing now and what you still hope to do. We, at Omron Microscan, continue the legacy. The yet-to-be-released HAWK MV-4000 smart camera is designed to come into play in applications requiring extreme power, and it has been built not only to compete, but to beat the rest of competitive smart cameras.

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Another Day, Another Saved Project

I recently visited one of our EMS customers in China. We have been working with this customer for several years on various traceability applications for their electronic manufacturing lines. They just acquired a new project from a high-value customer who uses direct-part-marked electronic components in their designs.

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How To Set Up The MicroHAWK ID-40

The MicroHAWK ID-40 is the smallest IP65/67 rated true industrial Ethernet barcode reader. A main benefit and feature of the ID-40 is its unprecedented ease-of-use. Installing and using MicroHAWK is as easy as plugging in power and opening a browser.  We’ve simplified the process even further by creating an easy to follow video that will guide you step by step in setting up your MicroHAWK ID-40.

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Compare your data to match string. How can that help with UDI and EU Medical Device Regulations Compliance?

FDA UDI implementation is upon us and also the new European Medical Device Regulations have taken concrete shape. Many medical device manufacturers and labelers are rushing to understand and meet the compliance timelines and requirements. One essential part needed for compliance is a verification solution that ensures symbol and mark integrity. How can you for example check data structure for your company-specific Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) in the GS1 General Specifications?

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The Whats, The Whys and The Hows of Professional Service Offerings by Microscan

Many of our current customers tend to operate lean and are hyper focused on productivity, yield and quality.  In many cases, they may not have teams of people in place that are experts on things like barcode traceability, machine vision or barcode verification. This is where we can help. Microscan has dozens of customer-facing employees that have ten, fifteen, twenty, or more years of experience across different industries and applications.

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Barcode Scanner VS. Barcode Imager: How do you know which one is right for you?

Choosing the right technology for your application is a critical decision, as the wrong selection can result in serious set backs both fiscally and in production.  As a manufacturer, you should assess the best technology and product to meet your specific application needs.  At a minimum, this assessment should include: cost, size, speed, barcode quality and your application industry.

 

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The Number One Reason For Pharmaceutical Recalls

Product recalls are a terrible position for any company to be in. Recalls not only affect profits, but also damage a brand’s reputation for months or years depending on the severity of the recall. A product recall in the pharmaceutical industry can be especially disastrous, particularly if the recall involves sterile products, medications, or other items that could directly harm the consumer.

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Why MicroHAWK is the Best Barcode Reader and Machine Vision Smart Camera Out There

MicroHAWK represents the next generation of industrial imaging devices – the world’s smallest and most powerful industrial smart cameras, and the only platform that can perform auto ID, machine vision, and barcode verification tasks without switching devices.

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