Real-Time Code Verification Now Within Reach of More Applications
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Press release from the issuing company
Expansion of ‘Mark & Read’ camera and software system lets manufacturers tailor level of code verification to best suit application needs and budget. As products go down production lines, users can choose to simply check code presence on packs or also readability and data accuracy.
Confirming that products are properly coded while on the production line − at the precise time they are printed – CoLOS® Mark & Read minimizes scrapped production and factory rework while preventing recalls. However, the level and type of verification required varies greatly. To better address this wide range of needs, Markem-Imaje has integrated three additional cameras within its ‘Mark & Read’ code verification portfolio.
Cost-effective functionality: configurable cameras tailored for differing needs
The update to the company’s existing solution of four camera options is suitable for the most demanding applications: full Optical Character Recognition (OCR) data verification where codes are printed at high speeds, on curved surfaces and/or with complex backgrounds. Today’s launch builds on CoLOS Mark & Read’s existing capabilities to handle even faster production lines. But, recognizing not all companies require such a sophisticated solution, the range has been expanded.
An entry-level camera now exists for manufacturers who are looking to more accurately set up and automate coding jobs while simply confirming code presence on products.
Two mid-range cameras have also been added for basic OCR data verification of codes printed on flat surfaces with white or light-colored backgrounds at medium to high speeds, depending on the printer. Continual, on-line barcode quality scoring can also be provided. Rather than waiting for periodic lab grading assessments to identify problems retrospectively, manufacturers can be alerted to potential barcode print quality deviations in real-time, so they can take corrective action before many products have been coded at sub-standard levels.
Evolving a proven system and partnership
Mark & Read is one of eight modules available within the time-tested CoLOS information management system which has over 17,000 installations worldwide. CoLOS integrates product data, line control systems, printers and code-checking equipment to ensure product coding is efficient, accurate and compliant thanks to centralized data management and automation.
The line extension announced today represents the first of the outputs from the joint engineering and commercial initiative announced last May by Markem-Imaje and Cognex – respective leaders in the coding and vision system sectors.
“As with the release of CoLOS 6.0 last June, today’s launch is the latest proof of our long-standing commitment to improving coding performance for all of our customers − big and small,” says Mark Hathaway, Software Product Manager, Markem-Imaje. “It also further reinforces our market-leading position as the one-stop-shop for ensuring code compliance and verification.”
Availability will vary by market and evolve over time. To enquire about a specific country, please contact Markem-Imaje for the most up-to-date information. For additional information, including an animation showing the product in action, please visit: https://www.markem-imaje.com/colos-mark-and-read.
CoLOS® Mark & Read checks code presence, readability and accuracy.
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