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The 5 Challenges of Integrating Machine Vision Smart Cameras with Robotic Applications

The rise of the machines is here! Robots are now involved in our everyday lives. You may not see one walking down the street, but chances are a robot helped make or distribute some of the products you use on a daily basis.

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Is Your Label Production Operation Running Blind? In-Line vs. Off-Line Label Inspection and Verification

Is your print quality inspection or barcode verification system able to catch individual errors that may occur during production, such as misprints, printer maintenance problems or debris causing blemishes, or sequential data printing errors? In addition to fines or rejected shipments due to poor quality barcodes or incorrect labels, manufacturers have to take on the costs and other negative impacts resulting from process downtime, regulatory issues, and upset customers. Implementing both barcode and print quality verification systems in their operations will help manufacturers guarantee legibility and standards compliance, and keep any noncompliant labels out of the supply chain.

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The New European Medical Device Regulations (MDR) Are Coming! Don’t Panic.

After years of preparation, and following the FDA UDI regulations, the European Union is also getting ready for new Medical Device Regulations to streamline various standards and to ensure safety and traceability of medical devices. What are the new Medical Device Regulations about, what should manufacturers do to prepare now, and how can Microscan help?

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Barcode Quality Basics - Read, Monitor, Verify

Are you thinking about adding barcodes to your products and processes? Are you getting questions about monitoring barcode quality or verifying to barcode standards but aren’t sure where to begin? We’ve created an e-book – Barcode Quality 101 – to help you get started.

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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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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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CIJ Printers in OCR Vision Applications (Part 2 of 3)

This is the second of three articles about OCR vision applications that use CIJ printers. In the first article I discussed the typical print output achieved with CIJ printers at high speed. I showed real images of print examples and showed the high degree of variability among similar characters printed

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