In today’s world of barcode tracking and highly automated processes, it is becoming increasingly critical to add a verification step into the manufacturing system to help achieve the benefits of data capture and ensure readability throughout the supply chain. Automated data capture is critical to a company’s success, and the results of scanning failure can have a serious impact. Barcode verification products and systems have been implemented by manufacturers across a wide range of industries.
Many manufacturers perform quality verification to meet standard requirements, but monitoring barcode quality can provide additional benefits as well. It can be used to monitor how well the label printer or direct part marking equipment is performing, and reduce the risk of manufacturing errors or down time caused by unreadable codes.
Verification in open source manufacturing
The diagram above illustrates open source manufacturing without verification. The part is labeled with a barcode (here, a Data Matrix symbol) which can be read by the supplier’s scanner. However, many customers are unable to read the slightly distorted code and they reject the part.
As shown above, implementation of a verification system ensures the part is marked with a high quality, readable barcode. Customers can easily read the high quality symbol with a variety of different scanners.
Benefits of barcode verification systems
- Compliance with symbol quality industry standards and directives
- Maximize efficiency of your manufacturing process
- Real-time quality control as you verify the output from your printer or code marking equipment
- Minimize returned goods due to bad labels
- Increased customer satisfaction