IoT for Manufacturing

4 Ways IoT Improves Manufacturing

  The Internet of Things (IoT) seems to expand daily. The devices that connect with the cloud are touching every aspect of our culture—from the smart home to medical devices to the manufacturing industry. With the need to streamline manufacturing processes to work as efficiently as possible, the IoT provides many avenues for working smarter …

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Get Lean with 2D Data Matrix Barcodes, Part 3

Thanks for stopping back in to read the 3rd part of this series on “Getting LEAN” with Data Matrix Barcodes in the manufacturing industry. If you missed the first two parts, you can read them here: Part 1  Part 2  Application Versatility Whether it be the assembly lines, final assembly lines, test and measurement locations, …

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Get Lean with 2D Data Matrix Barcodes, Part 2

Welcome back to my series on how to Get LEAN by implementing 2D Matrix Barcodes in your manufacturing facility. In my last blog, I shared how the physical features of a 2D Data Matrix barcode that has been applied via Direct Part Mark (DPM) have been beneficial to manufacturers of Print Circuit Boards (PCBs) and …

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Get Lean with 2D Data Matrix Barcodes, Part 1

As manufacturing continues to evolve, so do the requirements of their end users. Quality, price and lead time have never meant more to the manufacturing industry, so looking for ways to improve these criteria without sacrificing one for the other has become a necessity. In the manufacturing world, this concept is known as getting “lean”. …

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10 Ways to use 2D Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing, Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of my series, we discussed 6 ways that the manufacturing industry can use – and has been using – 2D barcode scanning technology to improve traceability: Print Circuit Board Component Reels, Print Circuit Boards & PCB Arrays, Board Sub-Assemblies, Final Board Assemblies, Finished Product, and  Finished Product Boxing. You can read …

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10 Ways to use 2D Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, discussion surrounded the first 3 ways that the manufacturing industry can use 2D barcode scanning technology to improve traceability: Print Circuit Board Component Reels, Print Circuit Boards & PCB Arrays, and Board Sub-Assemblies. In case you missed it, you can read more here. Today, I will share the next three …

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10 Ways to use 2D Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing, Part 1

2D Barcodes have been prevalent for several years across industries such as Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Government, Warehousing and Transportation. The Manufacturing Industry, however, has always seemed to lag behind, sticking to legacy applications and linear barcodes for traceability. Due to increasing end user requirements regarding product lot traceability, manufacturers have had no choice but …

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How to Handle PCB Component Reel Scanning & Employee Accountability

I have spent over 12 years in Industrial Automation & Data Acquisition and have worked with many customers in the Print Circuit Board (PCB) Industry. During this time, I have seen increased requirements for lot traceability by end users due to quality concerns.  With strict traceability reporting requirements and the potential for lot rejection, PCB …

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Get your IT Agility in Balance

“Fast, cheap, or easy—pick two” This saying has been around for awhile now, but when it comes to technology these days, you may not necessarily have to pick only two. Can you “have it all” now with the improvements in technology? To remain competitive, you need both the ability to envision what’s coming and to respond …

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Barcode Scanners from High Density to Extended Range

When I started working here, I had no idea about the different scanning ranges offered on various barcode scanners and why different options were required. My assumption brought me to believe that the scanner or imager would simply work at any close range and scanning items at a distance was simply not in the cards. …

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