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 Omron Microscan team..
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
AutoVISION software produces detailed verification reports based on three quality standards: ISO 15415, ISO 15416, or AIM DPM/ISO 29158.
Demonstrates how barcodes can streamline operations and improve overall efficiency.
The six most important questions to ask yourself about your application before you invest in a fixed-mount barcode scanner.
1D barcodes and 2D codes such as Data Matrix are used to track and identify parts, allowing automated production operations and saving time, money, and manpower for manufacturers throughout industry. Barcode technology facilitates critical production level applications like quality control, work-in-process (WIP) monitoring, sortation, and lot tracking.
The purpose of this document is to assist the user in transitioning from the MS-820 to the QX-830.