Automatic Identification

Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse
August 18, 2016

Cognex and Carter Controls provide automatic ID readers for vitamin retailer warehouse

The challenge for the integrator that designed and installed the automation system was to find an ID reader that could deliver near 100% read rates, handle line speeds of 30 packages per minute. They chose the Cognex DataMan 300 image-based ID reader

Kia Motors achieves 99% read rates with Cognex barcode readers
June 15, 2016

Kia Motors achieves 99% read rates with Cognex barcode readers

Kia Motors deployed DataMan barcode readers from Cognex and achieved 99% read rates. DataMan barcode readers are optimized with patented algorithms for decoding the toughest DPM and label-based barcodes in harsh environments.

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Vision System helps Exide read battery labels
October 30, 2014

Vision System helps Exide read battery labels

Exide had difficulties in reading 2D data matrix codes burned into plastic with a laser burner. The problem was solved by switching to image-based Cognex DataMan 200 readers with 2D decoding software and an EtherNet/IP interface to the PLC.

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Farsens’s RFID sensor tags monitor data center conditions
October 30, 2014

Farsens’s RFID sensor tags monitor data center conditions

RFID sensor tags do not require batteries to monitor temperature, pressure and humidity of equipment remotely.

Track Parts and Materials on the Fly
August 16, 2014

Track Parts and Materials on the Fly

Automation World
By Stephanie Neil
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics uses a 2D barcode to track traceable parts as they are installed. In addition, Lockheed is building out an RFID network in its Fort Worth, Texas, factory as a way to track part kits, equipment and tooling connected to each work instruction.

Vision assists power steering assembly
July 31, 2014

Vision assists power steering assembly

Vision Systems Design
An unnamed auto manufacturer uses vision to help build electric power steering systems. At each stage of the process, each motor must be tracked by a 2D data matrix code reader and inspected by a vision system to ensure that the components have been have been fitted correctly.

Automated vision solution makes reprogramming easy
July 21, 2014

Automated vision solution makes reprogramming easy

Control Engineering Europe
GlaxoSmithKline's site in Evreux, France, uses a three-camera XG vision system from Keyence. The first camera uses optical character recognition (OCR) to check an in-house code. The second checks the placement and diameter of the label. The third camera is used to check a special label with a black background used for the Japanese market.

Cognex Vision Achieves 100% Read Rates at Heinz
April 22, 2014

Cognex Vision Achieves 100% Read Rates at Heinz

Process and Control Today
The factory was using a label verification system where one element of the previous system could only read ladder barcodes and another read picket fence barcodes, but the readers could not cope with the speed of production. Heinz installed DataMan 302X image-based barcode readers which would allow all images to be seen in real time.

Fast PROFINET device implementation in Windows
March 02, 2014

Fast PROFINET device implementation in Windows

Industrial Ethernet Book
Unglaube integrated the PROFINET Device Protocol Stack from Softing Industrial Automation into their Data Matrix code reader system.

Parker Hannifin France automates part marking
October 11, 2013

Parker Hannifin France automates part marking

SIC Marking created a mechanical system of loading plates on the marking machine for laser marking of the product name, customer's number, serial number and barcode.

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DataMan Barcode Readers Enable Traceability of Vacuum Pumps
August 16, 2013

DataMan Barcode Readers Enable Traceability of Vacuum Pumps

Process and Control Today
Zeltwanger Automation in Germany, assembles and tests 400,000 pumps annually and assigns each its own data record with measured values. The data is contained in a laser-etched Data Matrix code that is placed on each product and read by the Cognex DataMan barcode reader.

Image-Based Barcode Reader Gives NASCAR Teams Extra Assurance about Their Wheels
June 21, 2013

Image-Based Barcode Reader Gives NASCAR Teams Extra Assurance about Their Wheels

By John Lewis
Champion Tire and Wheel operates an automated facility that moves 1,000 race car wheels a day from a truck trailer back into storage after a race. A Cognex DataMan 302L image-based barcode reader provides a 97% read rate as wheels move along a conveyor line through a variety of inspection stations before it is stored.

Peak-Ryzex provides cereal success for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
June 12, 2013

Peak-Ryzex provides cereal success for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

Process & Control Today
Kellogg’s has implemented Honeywell RF barcode scanners as part of its highly automated supply chain. Kellogg’s uses the scanners throughout its UK distribution centres and warehouses,

Image reader cleans up
May 05, 2013

Image reader cleans up

Automation
An unnamed industrial laundry in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, recently tested and installed the DataMan 300 reader from Cognex for reading barcodes on hangers and clothing.

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February 13, 2013

Piston inspection system prevents engine failures

Control Engineering Europe, February 2013
An automatic vision inspection system, designed to read the alphanumeric product identifiers cast into pistons, has been developed by Olmec-UK Ltd for an unnamed automotive engine manufacturer.

January 27, 2013

Machine Vision Adds Traceability to Packaging

Vision Systems Design, January 2013

New Leaf Produce uses an in-line vision-based system that can identify the type of case, produce size, and number of products packed. The data generates GS1-128 barcode labels that are affixed to cases as they travel along a conveyor.

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November 26, 2012

Controls technology leads to breakthrough in PTI-compliant marking

Packaging World, November 2012

Wishnatzki Farms in Plant City, FL, needed a better way to put a PTI-compliant mark (see sidebar) on palletized produce, so they built their own with a camera-guided laser system that burns a GS1-128 bar code compliant with PTI guidelines. It has a PC, PLC and motion system.

October 07, 2012

Image-based scanner boosts read rates

Vision Systems Design, October 2012

West Liberty Foods processes raw turkey, pork, beef, and chicken meat. Laser barcode readers proved unsuccessful. Echo Automation & Controls deployed a DataMan 500 image-based code reader from Cognex.

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September 20, 2012

Datalogic automates Volkswagen's parts warehouse in Verona, Italy

The warehouse is fully automated, managing a busy operation involving several loading bays on many levels and requiring a seamless process of part selection, collection and delivery.

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August 22, 2012

Dynamic Systems tracks jobs at Labels West

Dynamic Systems helps Labels West, a print manufacturer, track production jobs with barcodes and CheckMate Job Tracking.

July 15, 2012

Addressing Power Challenges In High-Altitude Applications

IMPO, July 2012

By David Rakovsky, GlobTek

GlobTek provided a power supply solution for an RFID application involving high-altitude issues related to airfreight. Many do not realize that the interior of an airplane, while pressurized, actually has an equivalent effective cabin altitude of around 7,000 feet (~2100 meters).

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June 24, 2012

Defeating diversion

Packaging Digest, June 2012

By Lisa McTigue Pierce

New Sunshine applies RFID tags underneath decorative labels of high-end tanning lotions sold through salons to protect the products—and consumers—from insidious and illegal diversion.

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May 21, 2012

Vision System Clears Codes on Cans

Vision Systems Design, May 2012

By Paul Wilson

To perform the task of alphanumeric dot-matrix batch codes and date inspection, Scorpion Vision developed an inspection station enclosed in a stainless-steel housing located downstream from the character printing station. This housing contains the vision system that inspects the cans prior to packaging and palletizing.

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April 26, 2012

Mobile technology ensures drug authenticity

Packaging Digest, April 2012

By Jenni Spinner

Mobile Product Authentication (MPA) technology from Sproxil allows consumers in Nigeria to verify a product's authentication at the time of purchase or use, using unique identifiers or codes on each package.

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April 26, 2012

Raising the bar on supply-chain efficiency

Packaging Digest, April 2012

By Lisa McTigue Pierce

Using linear bar codes, unique identifiers and global standards, Becton, Dickinson synchronized data on 500 products to eliminate product errors, reduce stock outs, improve traceability and speed up payments.

April 07, 2012

High read rates for a traceability monitoring system

Control Engineering Europe, March 2012

ETO Magnetic in Germany uses Cognex In-Sight 5100 ID readers to replace another ID reader that couldn’t see shot-peened 6x6 mm 2D codes on automotive parts.

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March 22, 2012

Datalogic tracks tires for Continental Tire

An STS400 reads bar-codes on tires. It replaced laser technology, which was not able to guarantee an effective read rate because of the low aspect ratio codes.

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February 15, 2012

Track and trace of pharmaceutical folding boxes with Cognex vision systems

Process & Control Today, February 2012

A. Nattermann & Cie.put a stop to pharmaceutical counterfeiting with a Cognex In-Sight 5613 vision system and DataMan 200 barcode reader that inspect printed text labels and product-specific Data Matrix code.

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December 07, 2011

Vision system success

InTech, December 2011

By John Lewis

Johnson & Johnson in Thailand upgraded its sensor system to a vision system with image capture technology to meet production line requirements.

September 13, 2011

Nordic ID uses austriamicrosystems AS3992 RFID IC

The AS3992 powers the Nordic ID NUR-05W reader, one of the the smallest UHF RFID mass reading Windows CE devices on the market.

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September 08, 2011

RFID Tightens up Hydraulic Valve Assembly

Assembly, August 2011

Caterpillar’s heavy-equipment manufacturing plant in Gosselies, Belgium, uses an RFID-based real-time locating system (RTLS) that ensures assemblers apply the appropriate amount of torque. The system also ensures the assembler used the correct tool in the correct location.

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August 13, 2011

Printed component verification for pharmaceuticals

South Africa Instrumentation & Control, August 2011

For Thornton & Ross, a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the UK, the number of possible combinations of label, carton and information leaflets runs into thousands. Omron solved the problem.

June 28, 2011

Smart Cameras Track and Trace

Vision Systems Design, June 2011

By John DiPalo

A serialized packaging data management (SPDM) system uses smart cameras to validate the presence, accuracy, and readability of pharmaceutical labels and ensure the integrity of packaged product.

June 27, 2011

Brazilian company deploys RFID for tool track and trace

RFID News, June 2011

The automated tool tracking solution will reduce lost and stolen tools, enable increased efficiency and reduce foreign object damage risks by narrowing the search area to quickly locate any missing tools.

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June 27, 2011

Watchmaker Tracks Assets in Real Time

RFID Journal, April 2011

Titan Industries Ltd., India's largest watch manufacturer, has deployed an RFID system to enhance security and increase productivity within its research and development department. Registration required to read article.

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June 20, 2011

Voice Picking reduces errors, increases shipping volume

Automation.com, June 2011

By Thomas R. Cutler

Perkins Paper installed the Jennifer VoicePlus picking, QC/Audit, and loading system from Lucas Systems to meet the objective of error-free automation processes.

Accu-Sort Scanners Keep DPD Shipments on Track
May 25, 2011

Accu-Sort Scanners Keep DPD Shipments on Track

DPD Dynamic Parcel Distribution installed AXIOM-X omnidirectional laser barcode scanners from Accu-Sort for its distribution center in Neufahrn, Germany.

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May 25, 2011

Logic PD brings the power of IT to the manufacturing floor

Automation.com, May 2011

By Jay Mellen, Savigent Software

Logic PD implemented a system to fully automate Logic tracking and control of its box-build processes. The new system empowers Logic PD to scale faster, bring products to market more rapidly, increase customer visibility, and improve overall manufacturing efficiencies.

May 18, 2011

How Not To Install RFID

Manufacturing.net, May 2011

By Anonymous

With all the hype about RFID over the past few years, a lot of people have claimed to have more expertise than they actually possess. Here are some of the mistakes made and lessons learned the hard way in no particular order or project.

April 06, 2011

austriamicrosystems supplies RFID IC for Thinkify's TR-200

The AS3992 UHF Gen 2 Reader chip is an integrated analog front end and provides protocol handling for ISO18000-6b/c 900MHz RFID reader systems.

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