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?…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Axicon Visit

First day at Axicon Auto ID in Weston-on-the-Green—a completely unexpected location for a high tech company: everything is located in an ancient horse farm, refurbished to house a modern barcode specialty company. Weston-on-the-Green is a very historic area—near where George Washington came from before he went to the colonies and helped to establish the United…

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Axicon Group

Axicon Group has evolved and matured into one of the major forces in barcode verification. I had the pleasure of visiting them in Brentwood almost 20 years ago, and next week I have the unique opportunity to visit them again, now in Weston. Axicon is one of the top manufacturers of barcode verifiers worldwide As a…

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Prepress verification of barcodes: connecting the dots

Prepress verification of barcodes is a common practice in many printing companies. The reasons are partly from experience and partly practical: verification at prepress catches problems before they waste expensive press time, keeps expensive verification out of the damage-prone press environment and keeps press operators from making decisions they shouldn’t make based on technical and…

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