Industrial Automation



January 2018

Grasping the Importance of High-Performance, Industry-Ready Handheld Scanners

Handheld barcode scanners are essential whenever specific products, clinical samples or work-in-progress (WIP) parts need to be reliably tracked without the luxury of a fully automated system. Many things on the factory floor can be automated, but other things, such as external deliveries, are unpredictable and tricky to automate. In these situations, humans must take over the responsibilities of track, trace and control (TTC).

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Track, Trace and Control: The “Past, Present, Future” Reading for Industrial Works-In-Progress

To develop smart solutions for slow-moving manufacturing systems, industrial automation experts put heavy emphasis on the concept of Track, Trace and Control (TTC). Used primarily to manage work-in-progress (WIP) components, TTC can be likened to a “past, present, future” reading for each part. It’s an essential management tool that allows manufacturers to make decisions in real time and avoid unnecessary costs in money and time.

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Why Smart Cameras Are Today’s Fastest-Evolving Machine Vision Technology

The vision market is moving forward at lightning speed, and smart cameras are leading the way. These compact devices have become the focal point for technological advancements in the field of machine vision, yet PC-based machine vision systems are still more powerful. Why are vision engineers turning their attention to smart cameras?

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Setting Up a Complete Machine Vision System

Machine vision systems are an essential component of industrial automation solutions. Although there is a lot of variation among machine vision systems, they all include certain essential components to perform the basic functions of capturing and processing images, and then delivering an actionable result based upon features in the visual data.

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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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