Traceability Only Works When your Barcode Labels Work

Though we may take them for granted today, barcodes have been a game-changer for companies over the years. In fact, it’s hard to even recall the times when inventory and asset tracking involved pen and paper. Traceability – and the supply chain process as a whole – have certainly come a long way, all due …

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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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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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IPCs for the Manufacturing Floor

5 Industrial PCs that provide the best Performance on the Manufacturing Floor

5 Industrial PCs that provide the best Performance on the Manufacturing Floor *Editors Note* This blog was updated 2/20/19 to reflect current models and technology for 2019. During my 15 years working in Industrial Automation & Data Collection, I have gained a solid grasp for specific hardware solutions that exceed application specification requirements and provide …

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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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Are You Meeting Traceability Compliance Requirements?

Information flies all over the place. That’s a great thing, but can also create problems with the rapid speed that technology has enabled. As a result, many industries have been pushed to meet traceability requirements in their labeling. Benefits of Traceability Compliance Labeling Provides a valuable layer of protection—for everyone along the supply chain and …

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traceability solutions

Traceability Solutions 101: Which Industries Can Benefit?

What industries can benefit from traceability solutions? With all the advances made in track and trace technology, I’m still surprised by the businesses that have yet to adopt a traceability solution. In this five-part series, I’m going to explore the compliance requirements that require traceability, and some of the more unique applications. This blog will …

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The Golf Conundrum: Why Are You Not Using RFID?

Wouldn’t this be cool? You’re standing at the golf tee, hit what looks like it’s a beauty of a shot, and then suddenly it shanks right into some mini forest that the groundskeeper decided needed to be on the side of the fairway because this par four wasn’t quite hard enough. Normally the ball would …

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Barcodes Preserving Fishing for Future Generations

I have heard stories from fellow fishermen about the number of fish they used to catch in one day and how it was the best fishing they’d ever experienced. Double-digit days were the norm and record-sized fish were hitting the scales. I wish this was still true today, but unfortunately, most fishermen these days can’t …

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