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My Week at AHTD's Spring Meeting

It seems as though everyone in our business has seen a flurry of activity within the first quarter of 2016. Our business is up across technology segments, vertical markets, and geographies. 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for Microscan and the automation market overall.

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Partner Success Story: Innovation in Forestry Automation

The Marketing team loves seeing our Partners recognized for their innovative and successful solutions to customer challenges. I wanted to call out eSolutions for recently being published in Vision Systems Design for their out-of-the-box approach to forestry automation. Pike Lumber asked eSolutions to develop a vision system for automatic log diameter measurement of trees that have already been cut down but still need to be cut into lengths and have their limbs removed.

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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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Made to Order: How the Internet Enables Custom Manufacturing

The next big revolution in manufacturing is just beginning. The world is getting smaller through technology and communication, and the internet is key in bringing about this transition. Cell phones, cars, watches, home alarm systems, televisions. The interconnectedness of devices and sensors is making its way into the manufacturing processes. Through the use of internet protocols, devices and sensors across the factory lines can track and control product through various stages of development.

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B(u)y Gum! The First Retail UPC Symbol Ever Scanned

When most of us scan a barcode in 2015, we don't give it a second thought. We just get upset if it doesn 't decode within a second or two. But without the data capture milestone described below, Microscan might be a very different company today. The first UPC symbol ever

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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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X-Mode Barcode Reading: It Just Works

In industrial manufacturing, last thing you want to deal with is unreadable barcodes interfering with production. Decoding failures may require downtime for diagnostics and equipment adjustments, which results in unforeseen costs, lost opportunities to meet business objectives, and a lot of frustration. After all, using barcodes in production is supposed to streamline operations, not complicate them.

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Insights about OCR Vision Applications with CIJ Printers (Part 1 of 3)

We take a look at the challenges awaiting us with CIJ printers and vision, to have a better understanding about the difficulties involved when we try to design such a vision solution. Due to the technical nature of the printer together with the high speed production line, the print out of the text has very high variation in character size, character shape, orientation, scaling, position, etc. All these challenges are added to the other issues we might have with any application, like proper illumination, optical setup and any other integration related issues.

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Tips for Embedding a Barcode Reading or Inspection Device that Will Last the Life of Your System

As technology advances, manufacturing is becoming more and more automated. Robots are becoming the standard in most manufacturing lines that require fast, repetitive, precise placement of components. There are five things to consider when choosing an embed­ded machine vision camera, auto ID imager, or laser scanner for an application: barcode type and orientation, inspection parameters, application speed, integration space, and data communication needs.

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Step by Step: Writing Output from a Smart Camera or Barcode Reader Directly to an Excel Spreadsheet

We frequently get support questions about how to acquire and store data generated by our machine vision or Auto ID readers in various file formats. In this post I will demonstrate a way to integrate our Ethernet devices - such as the Vision HAWK and Vision MINI Xi Smart Cameras, and our QX Hawk and MINI Hawk Auto ID readers - and their output into an Excel sheet.

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Don't Let Production Lines Run Blind - Keep an Eye on All Operations in Your Facility with Vision Wrangler

Prevention has become just as important as production in today 's manufacturing world. As wonderful as it is to see dollars streaming in as a result of products going out the door, profits can easily be affected if quality or compliance issues arise after products have made their way to the

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With Great Panelization Comes Great Responsibility

If you work in PCB assembly or electronics manufacturing environments, you 're probably already familiar with PCB "panels," or multiple, identical PCBs arranged together in a grid. The process by which these grids are produced is appropriately called panelization, and there are key benefits to its practice.

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