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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5-Point Traceability Checklist: Is Your Supply Chain Protected?

We’ve been talking a lot lately about traceability—and for good reason. A reliable traceability system enables you to track and trace all of your valuable assets. With barcode tracking, you can follow all of your materials and products across the supply chain, from its origin to final destination. In the event of a product recall, …

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Use Traceability to Protect your Business from Counterfeit Computer Parts

Competition for new and better technology is being met with threats from the global supply chain—counterfeit computer parts. Both private businesses and the military are facing the challenge of protecting the quality of the components they’re using in their electronic equipment: Recent raids in Singapore uncovered a stash of more than 25,000 counterfeit parts, estimated …

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How to Choose the Right Barcode Label for your Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

The printed circuit board (PCB) is the “brains” of your technology, and therefore critical to a device’s operation. When considering how to protect the PCB, barcode labels come into play, enabling automatic identification. The data contained on a PCB barcode label includes: When and where the board was made, Solder temperature, Flux density, Component lot …

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ET Phone Home: The Changing Game of Digital Rights Management

No matter how you feel about Digital Rights Management, the fact of the matter in this day and age is that protecting your software (and thus your investment) is sort of a “big deal.” It was estimated by the Business Software Alliance that in 2011 software piracy alone accounted for over $63.4 billion in lost …

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Standard Changes for Barcodes in the Food Industry

Do you check to ensure the product you are purchasing does not have an expired “best by” or “use by” date before you purchase it?  You may assume that the products you purchase are fresh, and leave the responsibility to the grocer.  However, wouldn’t it be nice to have an alert before you paid for …

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How to Pick the Right Software – Narrowing the Barcode Label Software

In my previous article, I threw a million—give or take a few—questions your way about what you need to ask yourself and what you are trying to accomplish when selecting barcode label software. In this article, we will explore the label software options a little further. Narrowing the Label Software If you only have a …

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How to Pick the Right Software – Barcode Label Software

In this series, I will give you a few ideas on what to consider or, better yet, what to ask when you are exploring new software or replacing old software. Let’s be clear that this is not going to be a checklist on full-blown ERP, MRP, or CRM systems. These articles will be geared toward …

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Using Bar Codes To Save Lives!

So, if you have followed any of my previous blogs, you will see I have written about how some of my recent medical issues relate to using bar codes.  Medical errors are widely acknowledged as a major threat to patient safety.  Having been privy to the interworkings of how my local hospital kept track of patient meds, tests …

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Inventory Management Solutions and Software

Chances are that if you’re reading this blog post, you probably already know that inventory management is the balancing of stocked raw materials or parts with the need to minimize costs involved in holding stock against the demand to deliver an order to customer.  If you are looking for answers as to how to better manage …

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