Bar Code, RFID & Automatic Indentification White Papers and Articles

Articles and white papers on bar code and automatic identification technologies used in industrial automation, manufacturing and process control.

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Ensure Readability of 2D Bar Codes

By Microscan
Paper presents FAQs and answers on reading 2D bar codes and symbols, such as Data Matrix. It explains that only a Data Matrix Verifier can measure the quality of the printed or directly marked code against parameters defined by symbol verification standards. Click here to read full article...

Data Matrix Symbol Quality Verification

By Microscan Systems
White paper uses FAQ format to explain how to measure the quality of a printed or directly marked symbol against parameters defined by symbol verification standards. Read entire article

Understanding 2D Verification

By Microscan Systems
This white paper explains how 2D symbol verification ensures reliability and consistency of symbols based on the strict criteria outlined in the AS9132A and ISO/IEC 15415 standards. Read entire article

Doing more with less: Component-Level Tracking Optimizes Inventory

Today it is no longer good enough for a manufacturer to track how many raw components are coming in the door and how many completed boards are going out. A manufacturer must also know the status of their work-in-process inventory as well. An automated complete "cradle to grave" component-level tracking system makes this possible. More Info...

Current trends in RFID

By Helge Hornis, PhD., Intelligent Systems Manager
While much is written about RFID and how it will change the face of distribution, it is time to address several misconceptions about the technology and discuss the effects that recent developments have had on the discrete manufacturing sector. Read full article...

Network-Critical Physical Infrastructure for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Systems

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology helps automate a variety of business processes, improving their efficiencies. It generates a huge volume of data that needs to be filtered, processed and stored, and generally requires its own virtual local area network (VLAN). This paper provides an understanding of an RFID network and its components, identifies critical NCPI locations, and explains how to plan for high availability. Read Full White Paper by APC.

Smarter than “Smart Labels”? - Alternative for Slap-and-Ship RFID

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is gaining wider adoption among consumer packaged goods (CPG) suppliers, driven in large part by a recent mandate by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. This mandate, along with the technological standards that have made B2B use of RFID technology possible, has contributed to the boom in interest and sales of RFID solutions. Read article by Giles Manias of Paragon Data Systems.

Data Matrix: Expanding the Second Dimension of Data Capture

Many of us will never forget the disastrous explosion during the launch of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986 that ended in the breakup of the ship and the tragic loss of a school teacher and 6 additional astronauts. However, most of us are probably unaware that it was during NASA's return to flight effort following the accident that NASA engineers realized that a better form of identifying parts was needed; a symbology that could be directly marked onto each part. More Info...

Smart Cameras – Are they the future of Bar Code Scanners?

Smart cameras are the new look emerging for bar code scanners. As Data Matrix and other two-dimensional matrix codes become more prevalent in manufacturing applications, the new camera-based fixed-position scanners are rising to the occasion. More Info...