Nearly every industry can rely on automatic data capture (ADC) to increase productivity, accuracy, and data handling efficiency. But unreadable symbols or barcodes can lead to industry fines or other censures, strained customer relationships, and ultimately reduced profitability.
A successful read by one imager or scanner does not necessarily signify a quality symbol. Different brands of scanners or imagers read codes differently. A verifier is a precision instrument that will measure the quality of the printed or directly-marked symbol against parameters defined by symbol various verification standards. The addition of a verification step within the manufacturing or shipping process can help you achieve the benefits of ADC and ensure readability throughout the supply chain.
Whether you’re printing standard barcodes for retail, manufacturing or distribution, or encoding 2D marks directly on parts for the Department of Defense IUID (Item Unique Identification) program, you need to be 100% sure that your codes will be read correctly.
Who Needs Verification?
Every operation that has high costs associated with printing bad barcodes or encoding poor marks should have a verification system in place:
Suppliers to major retail chains—avoid fines for non-readable barcodes from Walmart, Target and others Manufacturers or distributors printing directly onto corrugated materials—ensure readability of the code against low contrast surfaces
Manufacturers using Direct Part Marking (DPM) to embed codes directly onto parts—track work-in-process and ensure the correct parts are going on the proper assemblies
Printing companies and imprint houses—avoid costly re-work of jobs by implementing a verification system before going to press
Medical and pharmaceutical suppliers—ensure properly marked product to avoid dispensation of incorrect materials
Chemical companies—ensure properly marked product to avoid costly fines, accidents and law suits
Automotive suppliers—ensure labels meet AIAG or OEM specifications
Mailing houses—check the quality of linear codes to meet the USPS specifications
Dept. of Defense (DoD) suppliers—encode IUID data into a Data Matrix symbol and apply directly to specific tangible items
Automated warehouses—route improperly-marked packages to avoid bottlenecks and stops
Benefits of Verification
Reduce costs associated with returned products
Increase the efficiency of your manufacturing process
Allow preventative care of the symbol marking equipment
Eliminate fines levied in some industries by noncompliance with symbol quality standards
Real-time quality control
Informative verification reports
Real-time quality control
Don’t open yourself up to failed reads, incorrect package marking and severe penalties from major retailers or manufacturers. If you are spending money on an Auto ID system with labeling, mobile computing, data collection and inventory control, take the extra steps to ensure that the barcodes for that system are readable.