As AIDC applications become more and more critical to a company’s success, the cost of barcode scanning failure becomes more significant. Giant merchandisers such as Wal-Mart, for example, have become famous for leveling massive fines of $50,000 or more on suppliers whose product labels repeatedly misread. Consequently, barcode verification systems, once exclusively used by printers and label vendors, are now commonly used for on-site printing.

Verifiers will grade a symbol either unacceptable or by degrees of acceptability based upon ANSI’s published criteria, known as the Barcode Print Quality Guideline. Verification devices can be integrated in-line and attached to the printer while monitoring the quality of every printed label, or they can be used in a stand-alone configuration to audit batches of labels. In either case, verification cannot completely eliminate barcode performance problems. Verification can, however, provide a quantitative measure of print contrast and derive wide-to-narrow ratios, checking printed symbol conformance against symbology print quality standards.

The quality of a barcode is critical to customer retention, industry compliance and avoiding significant fines. iTech Automation simplifies and corrects verification and validation issues through technologies developed by industry leaders.

Call iTech Automation at 1-888-500-4832 to discuss possible solutions to improve your operations.

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