Axicon Visit: Linear Verifiers

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Axicon has two main lines or “ranges” as the English say, of linear verifiers. Each range has three basic models: the 6000, the 6500 or the 7000 models. Axicon verifiers are fully ISO compliant.

TheAxicon Blue or Classic range function as one would expect: place the verifier on the barcode, pull the trigger and produce a verification report. For ten scan averaging, reposition the verifier and pull the trigger ten times.

Axicon has two main lines of verifiers, each with three models for symbols of various widths

The Axicon Green or High Speed range function this way too—or, with the click of a button on screen, they verify continuously at about 100 scans per second. Position the verifier, pull the trigger and move the verifier down the symbol. On a typical UPC, you get 80 scans in a fraction of a second, and you can scroll through all 80 and look at each report individually. Ten scan averaging was never easier or faster. Dealing with a stacked symbology such as GS1 Databar is quick and easy.

Green range verifiers can be used for continuous scanning by an operator on a work table, or they can be installed in a fixture at the delivery end of a printer to perform automatic inline scanning.

Axicon has equipped both lines with a feature called automatic variable aperture. The verifier automatically detects and sets the correct aperture for whatever symbol you are verifying.

Axicon verifiers have automatic variable aperture to configure the device for symbol density

The 6000 models are for smaller symbols, so the aperture range includes aperture from 3, 5, 6, 10 and 20 mil. The 7000 models are for the largest symbols, so the aperture range is 8, 10 and 20 mil. The 6500 is a mid-range model, suited perfectly for thermal transfer labels up to 4” wide, with apertures from 5, 6, 10 to 20 mil–perfect to verify any barcode within this format.

All models in the Blue range are completely convertible: they operate tethered via USB to a PC, or can be completely portable with an optional Portable Display Unit or PDU. Verification reports from the PDU are easily transferred to the PC with any commercially available USB memory stick.

But the best part of these verifiers is the software. It is feature rich and functional beyond imagining. Here’s just a brief glimpse into what these verifiers can do:

  • ·         User Data allows you to design a pop-up window that allows your operator to enter job-critical information into the verification report—things like Job Number, Shift, Press, etc.
  • ·         Time and Date stamp can be added automatically with the click of a button
  • ·         Format checking for GTIN, Coupon Code, GS1-128, HIBC and many other industry applications

Barcodes than are not decoding are one of the most troublesome to analyze. Axicon provides a function called Static Reflectance. It is available in the Scan Reflectance Profile window. When enabled it produces a scan reflectance profile of whatever the verifier sees—whether or not it’s a barcode. This can be enormously helpful to analyze a substrate for reflectance variations—often the cause of non-decodes.

Axicon innovation comes from the customers

Where does all this innovation come from? It is the driving force behind Axicon’s products because it is the foundation of the Axicon business model: it comes from the customers. Virtually every special function available in the verifiers, called plug-ins, is either the direct result of a customer request, or the result of a conversation with customers.

Axicon verifier software is also very user-friendly: it is available in 13 languages.

More to come! Stay with me as the visit to Axicon continues.

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