QR Code Overview

  The QR or Quick Response Code is just now hitting the shores of North America but it has been widely used in Asia for many years. Here in America we are becoming familiar with QR Code mainly in mobile marketing applications—magazine and newspaper ads, business cards and the like—but QR Code has many other…

Axicon 6525-S

The 6525-S is Axicon’s mid-range verifier for symbols up to 125mm (almost 5 inches) wide including quiet zones. Like the basic 6515 it automatically selects the correct aperture, 5, 6, 10 or 20 mil, based on the X dimension of the barcode. This—and the scan width—make it the perfect verifier for a 4” label from…

ISO compliance: Corrective and Preventive Action in Barcode Quality

There has been an interesting and helpful discussion taking place in the LinkedIn ASQ group. The topic is the difference between a corrective action and a preventive action in manufacturing quality—not specifically barcode-related but very applicable. Regarding ISO compliance in barcode quality, the root issue is conformity and non-conformity. What exactly is a conforming barcode?…

Barcode Quality Part II

This article is based on a presentation by Greg Hutchins of Quality Plus Engineering, a Department of Homeland Security certified firm in Oregon. Q + E conducts critical infrastructure protection (CIP) forensics, assurance and analytics; they are a certified enterprise risk manager (CERM) and a cyber security identity theft protection consultancy. Clients include the FAA,…

Barcode Error Tolerance

Barcode error tolerance: are barcodes robust or vulnerable?  Editor’s Note: The guest author is Mr. Paul Yarnell, Axicon Commercial Director. I met with Mr. Yarnell on my recent visit to Axicon headquarters in Weston-on-the-Green, UK. This article is the result of a conversation regarding the relative barcode error tolerance of 2D symbologies such as Datamatrix in…

Axicon Visit Recap

Axicon verifiers are feature rich and responsive to customer needs Axicon products have been a part of our products catalog for quite a while, and yet we had only begun to understand the broader range of capabilities their products offer to customers. Being here has been like drinking from the proverbial fire hose: Axicon verifiers…