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Brush up on industrial automation technology – Learn the basics of barcode reading, industrial lighting, machine vision inspection, and verification by exploring this compendium of technical tips and knowledge from the Microscan team..

Barcode Quality 101

Barcode Quality 101

Are you a beginner looking to learn more about barcode quality, or already have some experience under you belt, but are in need of a quick overview of barcode quality 101? We've put together an e-book for you where you can find the very basics that you need to understand how to read, monitor and verify barcodes.

What Is Verification?

What Is Verification?

Barcodes and text with inconsistent quality can lead to process inefficiencies and downtime; unreadable barcodes may require re-labeling, re-scanning, or even manual entry of critical information by a human operator. The quality, legibility, and accuracy of marked text and barcodes can be easily checked with machine vision or barcode verification technology. 

FDA UDI Rule for Medical Devices

FDA UDI Rule for Medical Devices

The FDA established a unique device identification (UDI) system to identify and trace medical devices throughout their distribution and use. As part of this mandate, labels on medical devices must contain a UDI code in human- and machine-readable form. 

Direct Part Marking (DPM)

Direct Part Marking (DPM)

Codes, symbols and text applied directly to a part’s surface (rather than affixed by a label or packaging) are known as Direct Part Marks (DPM). These marks are affixed directly to parts by abrading a part surface or marking in some other manner that cannot be discarded, torn, obscured, wiped off or easily degraded.

Direct Part Marking Methods

Direct Part Marking Methods

There are many methods to directly mark objects. Each method has its own advantages and limitations and selecting the best method for the application is critical to achieving success.

Codes and Symbols

Codes and Symbols

Linear or 1D barcodes have been in use since the 1970s and are the most common symbol used for part tracking. Today, increasing numbers of manufacturers are using two-dimensional symbols (2D), such as Data Matrix, that offer greater placement flexibility and increased data capacity.

Why Use Machine Vision?

Why Use Machine Vision?

While human inspectors working on assembly lines visually inspect parts to judge the quality of workmanship, machine vision systems use cameras and image processing software to perform similar inspections.  Machine Vision inspection plays an important role in achieving 100% quality control in manufacturing, reducing costs and ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Optical Character Recognition, commonly known as OCR, is simultaneously machine-readable and human-readable text. OCR technology has been used extensively in commercial applications since the 1970s, and is used today for automating tasks such as passport processing, postal tracking, consumer goods packaging (batch codes, lot codes, expiration dates) and clinical applications.

What Is Machine Vision Lighting?

What Is Machine Vision Lighting?

Did you know 90% of the success of any machine vision application is through proper lighting? If the camera can’t see a poorly illuminated part or mark, then it can’t be read and or inspected.

Microscan Lighting Selector

Microscan Lighting Selector

Machine vision light selection is dependent upon the part size, surface features, part geometry and system needs. The following chart can help you select a light for your application.