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Big News for Tiny Codes

Does size matter? In our industry – YES! Space, or the lack of it, can be a challenge when placing barcodes or Data Matrix Symbols on different components. As laser printing technology advances, so does the ability to print smaller and smaller codes onto a variety of surfaces via DPM (Direct Part Mark) and 2D symbols. The size of the code, the type of material it’s printed on and the curvature of the surface are huge factors when trying to read tiny codes and keep costs down. Even if you have the space to place a tiny code, how do you read it? 

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Automation. Verification. Innovation.

Did you miss us at Automate 2017, the leading Automation Show in North America? Wondering what it was like to be a part of the Microscan booth? Well I’m here to fill you in on all the details – from solutions we showcased to presentations to videos.

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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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Using Virtual Machines to Support Multiple Versions of AutoVISION on One PC

AutoVISION 3.0 and AutoVISION 4.0 cannot be installed on the same PC simultaneously. This can be a problem if your application requires multiple AutoVISION 3.0 and AutoVISION 4.0 installations using a single computer. A similar issue exists if you need to support multiple versions of Microscan’s Easy Setup Program (ESP) for barcode readers. The solution to this problem is the use of virtual machines.

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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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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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