Automatic Identification Systems has announced expansion of its SCANALYST 3 family to include DPM (Direct Parts Marking). DPM is a key marking technology using laser or peening to create a permanent 2D barcode right on the part. There is no label or package required with DPM and the mark is useful through the life of the product. The identifying mark is actually part of the product. These features make it the method of choice for healthcare, defense and manufacturing identification and traceability requirements. Read More

The Bridge Is Out

I recently read about a bridge in California that was washed out. The loss of this bridge meant an additional 200 mile a day commute for many was used by 20,000 people each day. Believe it or not, this made me think about barcode. When we start the day we make some assumptions that the core things we rely on will be there for us; heat, food, electricity, transportation, communications, jobs, etc. Today, almost everyone in the world is positively impacted by another infrastructure that they do not think about, barcode. It is everywhere. It is very important. It is how things work. In many ways it is like that bridge, a link from one side to the other, the physical side to the digital side. It is how we know what is going on. It allows us to exercise control and manage activities. Like the bridge, if we lose it we will really feel it. Read More

If you are printing barcodes

We all see barcodes being scanned almost every day. It has become part of our daily lives. When we see a barcode we automatically assume that it can be scanned, and in fact most can. However, there are many that are 'bad barcodes' out there. Do any belong to you? Read More

Are You Getting Ready For UDI or DQSA? (FDA Universal Data Identifier and Drug Quality Security Act)

These programs are going to be a great help in meeting healthcare industry challenges and for patient safety. It represents the start of a significant step up in the broad use of information technology in healthcare. The data will be primarily created from AIDC transactions as products are moved from manufacturing through distribution and on to the consumers. The data are expected to be very accurate and timely and yet inexpensive. In fact the data needs to be all that for success. That is why global barcode standards with expected quality levels are specified. To work in these markets you will need to comply with the standard. Unlike many other industry segments, healthcare companies will have to actively comply to stay out of trouble in the market and keep their reputation and clients. Read More