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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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Eight Lucky Things to Know about Barcode Verification

Can these codes be read by your scanners or readers? Or by your customers'? Since barcode quality grading is becoming a hot topic - and believe me it is - here are eight things to remember when the topic turns to 1D or 2D code verification. 

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From Circuit to Smart Phone - Learn the Role of Barcode and Machine Vision in Consumer Electronics Manufacturing

Electronic devices like smart phones continue to evolve into more compact and capable machines. We rely on our devices to help us manage even more daily tasks, critical transactions, and personal information than ever before. Consumer electronics manufacturers are therefore under tight scrutiny for their ability to produce technology of

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Step By Step: Loading a Visionscape ® Job onto a Camera in Running Memory or Flash Memory

The following blog explains how to load job files via Ethernet onto a Vision HAWK or Vision MINI smart camera running Visionscape®, without using the Visionscape Machine Vision Software, and the reasons why this could be useful.

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How Many Clicks Does it Take to Get Industrial Machine Vision Integration?

There is not one perfect, turnkey automation solution to fit every manufacturer. With so many possible operations to automate, the procedure and tools required to implement or upgrade an automation system are almost always entirely unique from every system that has ever been implemented before.

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Are miniature DPM codes giving you a hard time?

Case study: Ensuring DPM Code Readability on PCB Identifiers Direct part mark (DPM) codes can be difficult for traditional imaging technology to read due to low contrast visibility of the symbol or inconsistency in the marking process. But Microscan 's QX Hawk flexible industrial imager is up for any DPM challenge.

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Using Microscan Link to Trigger Data Transfer between Vision HAWK Smart Cameras

In this blog, I'd like to present a machine vision solution inspired by a real Microscan customer application using the latest connectivity feature in our machine vision portfolio: Microscan Link. Microscan Link, available in Microscan 's AutoVISION and Visionscape machine vision software, is a simplified connectivity tool. With all components of a vision system connected via Microscan Link, we can effectively create an inspection network that can be commanded remotely and can run autonomously using pre-programmed inspection parameters.

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