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Validation ≠ Verification! Use VMI to Avoid Costly Recalls

You can read your own barcodes. That’s great – your work would come to a screeching halt otherwise. But have you thought about the people who handle your products further down the chain of distribution? They’re probably not using the same scanners you’re using, and it could be risky to assume that they can read your codes. If they can’t, it will cost you.

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How UDI Compliance Can Be The Key To Digitally Transforming Quality Assurance

2020 is a year etched into the minds of many medical device manufacturers (MDMs). Not only does the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) UDI compliance date for Class I and non-classified devices fall in that year, it’s also the year the recently approved European medical device regulations (MDR) go into effect. These impending deadlines have MDMs taking a long, hard look at their labeling to make sure they can meet the various labeling requirements in the countries where they do business.

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Dashing Through the Warehouse: How Barcodes Bring Holiday Gifts to Your Doorstep

A century ago, today’s process of getting your holiday orders delivered would have seemed as magical as Santa’s reindeer-driven sleigh. What prevents the holidays from turning into a holy mess? You can probably guess – it’s our good friend the barcode!

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Keeping Medical Devices Safe and Reliable: The New MDR and IVDR Regulations

The Medical Device Regulations (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulations (IVDR) will be implemented gradually over the next few years, but affected manufacturers will need to get started on compliance as soon as possible due to the significantly expanded requirements. Although it might not be immediately apparent, these new developments on the European market have a lot to do with Omron Microscan’s world of barcode scanning and imaging devices.

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The Ubiquitous Barcode

They’re everywhere! Whether they present themselves as zebra stripes or pixelated whorls, there’s just no escaping those pesky little patterns. Yet barcodes simplify life in many ways, and the concept of the barcode itself is really quite simple. Though the specimens may look complex, they’re all basically machine-readable representations of whatever data needs to be recorded and tracked.

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How Omron Microscan Helps Manufacturers Stay Lean

‘Tis the season, and individuals and businesses alike are striving to get through the holidays without taking on too much extra weight. With rising pressures to cut costs, beat competition, and produce the optimal amount of product to meet demands, it’s no surprise that a methodology dedicated to eliminating wasteful efforts, improving quality, and streamlining operations is constantly referenced in the world of manufacturing.

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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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