If you're using automation technology like barcode readers in your operations, you're probably already aware of the benefits that they bring to your business. To name a few: reduced manual labor, faster processes, and reliable data tracking - all resulting in fewer errors and less money invested in corrective actions like rework or recalls.
Now think about the impact that a single barcode has on these processes. When a barcode is clear, high-quality, and readable, your automated processes function as expected, the data you need is appropriately entered into your system, and everyone is happy. However, when an unreadable barcode enters the mix, time and cost savings may be lost due to re-labeling, re-scanning, or even manual entry of barcode data by a human operator - if you don't miss the barcode data altogether. Ultimately, bad codes counteract the benefits of the automation technology you've come to rely on.
Why should I constantly verify my barcodes?
Poor barcode quality can cause a variety of issues such as:
- Manual Data Entry
Loss of Product Traceability
- Internal Track & Trace
- Supply Chain Visibility
- Customer Fines
- Costly Returns
- Required Compliance with Standards
- Negative Perception of Quality Practices
Without a verification system, thousands of unreadable parts may leak into a supply chain with unreadable barcodes before a problem is realized. Verification systems prevent bad barcodes from ever being created and ensure a standard barcode quality is maintained.
What do I need to set up a machine vision verification system?
There are 3 key components needed to set up a verification system:
- You will need robust software with standards-based verification using parameters specific to ISO or AIM barcode quality standards. Microscan's AutoVISION verifies or validates symbols inline; immediately after printing. This powerful software provides results that correlate directly with ISO and AIM standards.
- A camera is needed for machine vision verification in order to capture an image that can be processed by the software. Microscan's MicroHAWK® smart cameras are fully-integrated with optics, processor, lighting, and communications, offering an array of modular hardware options to take on any inspection task in three micro form factors.
- Lighting is the most important aspect of a machine vision system as it allows the camera to "see" the part or mark. MicroHAWK's integrated lighting is capable of illuminating most codes. For applications that have a poor lighting environment, Microscan offers NERLITE: Precision Lighting for Machine Vision to facilitate high quality machine vision barcode verification system.
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