Barcode Validation

Reduce costly errors and improve efficiency with a track and trace barcode/2D validation system designed to give you real-time insights into the readability of your marks.
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Barcode/2D Validation with MPERIA®

Ensure your coding quality is consistent and optimized for your customers with the MPERIA platform. Unlike other automation platforms, barcode validation software with MPERIA provides seamless integration of cameras and vision systems without adding control devices like PLCs, PC, encoders, and 3rd party integrators, allowing you to easily automate quality validation to identify suspect codes when quality begins to diminish because of corrugated dust, glue, or poor material handling.

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Lower costs.

Eliminate costs associated with re-work, refused shipments and fines.

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Increase quality and efficiency.

Free up your employees’ time to focus on other critical tasks, while assuring quality by identifying illegible coding or bad data immediately.

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Seamless integration.

Vision systems easily integrate into the MPERIA platform for complete traceability and data security.

MPERIA – The solution for code validation.

The MPERIA platform does far more than simply drive our printing technology. It’s the hub of your production line marking operation, providing complete traceability from product to pallet. MPERIA incorporates all the pieces needed to validate your codes, seamlessly supporting camera and scanner systems without the need of PCs, encoders, or third-party integrators.

Barcode Validation Solutions

MPERIA HE Controller - marking and coding automation platform software
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Marking and coding automation platform centralizing control of your track and trace process, regardless of equipment technology or vendor.

What are the benefits of MPERIA-driven validation software?

  • Easy to integrate into your existing production lines
  • A centralized controller and data platform made for easy expansion and adaptation
  • Real-time alerts for deviations from standards
  • Guaranteed maximum marking quality

Integration of external camera and scanner systems in our MPERIA universal controller.

Camera and scanner systems allow you to verify that your printed marks are perfectly legible. External camera and scanner systems work in conjunction with our MPERIA controller, providing real-time alerts in the event of faulty printing. An external camera system is integrated immediately after the marking process and, in conjunction with the MPERIA® controller, validates the printed codes. A light or sound signal notifies you in case of a faulty or illegible marking.

With a scanner system on the other hand, you can verify that the code is perfectly legible for your customers. The scanner integrated into the packaging line reads the code and checks its content for correctness. If a fault is detected, an error message appears on the screen of the controller and sends an alert to line operators.

You can also use our systems to check the position of the mark on your product. With an integrated vision system, we capture an image of the marked product and compare it with a reference image. If there is a deviation, you will be informed in real time so that you can take corrective action immediately. Our systems are easy to integrate into your existing production lines. Thanks to their modular design, they can be adapted to your needs and expanded as required.

With our systems, you can be sure that your marks meet the highest quality standards. Barcode validation is an important part of any quality control process. By checking the quality of your codes and ensuring they meet standards, you can be confident that your products are correctly labeled and easy to scan. Barcode validation can also help you choose the right type of code for your application. Choose a barcode type that meets your needs, and make sure to check the quality of your codes before you print them.

Integrating Matthews’ external camera and scanner systems into your production line with our MPERIA platform.

With our solutions you can:

  • Check the position of the code
  • Check the print quality
  • Check for the presence of the code
  • Verify that the code meets standards
  • Verify code accuracy
  • Choose the right type of code for your application

Ensure your codes meet industry standards so your products are easily scanned and correct labeled. Barcode validation can also help you choose the right type of code for your application. With Matthews’ assistance, you can make sure that your barcodes are up to par.

Contact us to find out more about our barcode validation services. We would be happy to help you choose the right type of code for your application and ensure that your codes meet industry standards.

About Barcodes, Validation, and Verification.

There are two main types of barcodes: linear or 1D barcodes, and 2D barcodes. Linear or 1D barcodes, such as Code 128, Code 39, and Interleaved 2 of 5, represent data by varying the widths and spacings of parallel lines. These codes can be read by optical scanners called linear or 1D scanners. 2D barcodes, such as QR codes and Data Matrix codes, represent data by encoding it in a pattern of dots or squares. These codes can be read by optical scanners called 2D scanners, or by mobile devices with cameras.

When choosing a barcode for your application, you need to consider the type of code, the size of the code, and the printing method. For example, if you need to encode a large amount of data in a small space, you will need to use a 2D barcode. When choosing a barcode type, you should consider the following factors:

  • The amount of data you need to encode
  • The space available for the barcode
  • The printing method you are using
  • The scanning method you are using

FAQs

What are 2D barcodes?

2D barcodes are matrix codes that represent data by encoding it in a pattern of dots or squares. These codes can be read by optical scanners called 2D scanners, or by mobile devices with cameras.

What are QR codes?

QR codes are two-dimensional barcodes that can be read by mobile devices with cameras. QR codes can store a large amount of data in a small space, making them ideal for applications such as product labeling and tracking.

What are Data Matrix codes?

Data Matrix codes are two-dimensional barcodes that can be read by 2D scanners. Data Matrix codes are used in applications such as inventory management and package tracking.

What are 1D barcodes?

1D barcodes are linear or parallel codes that represent data by varying the widths and spacings of lines. These codes can be read by optical scanners called linear or 1D scanners.

When do you need to use a 1D barcode?

1D barcodes are best suited for applications where a large amount of data needs to be encoded in a small space. 1D barcodes can be printed on labels or directly on products.

When do you need to use a 2D barcode?

2D barcodes are best suited for applications where you need to encode a lot of data in a small space, or where the code will be read by a mobile device with a camera. 2D barcodes can be printed on labels or directly on products.

How do you choose the right printing method?

The printing method you choose will depend on the type of barcode and the application. For example, if you need to print a 1D barcode on a porous product, you might opt for our T-Series. MPERIA-driven validation software is designed to provide easy integration into your existing production lines, real-time alerts for deviations from standards, and guaranteed maximum marking quality.

What is barcode validation?

Barcode validation is the process of verifying that a barcode meets certain standards. This is important in manufacturing because it helps ensure that products are correctly identified and tracked throughout the production process. Tracking validation metrics can improve efficiency by reducing errors and improving quality control.

What happens when there is a high barcode error rate?

Barcodes that don’t meet standards can cause production line errors. This can result in products being mislabeled, shipped to the wrong location, or even scrapped. Manufacturers may even incur significant financial penalties for the effects of barcode errors from distributors or similar downstream business customers.

How can you improve your barcode validation process?

There are several ways to improve your barcode validation process:

  • Use a coding and marking data platform that integrates with a reliable barcode scanner. A good barcode scanning system will be able to read a variety of different barcode types and sizes
  • Inspect your barcodes regularly. Check for smudges, wrinkles, or other damage that could make them difficult to read
  • Use data analysis to improve your process. Track your error rate over time and look for trends that can help you identify potential problems

What is the benefit of barcode inspection?

If you integrate the appropriate coding and marking controller and vision system in your production line, you can check your barcodes immediately and have the possibility to react to illegible or faulty barcodes in real time. This reduces the risk of shipping products with incorrect or unreadable barcodes.

How does data analysis help?

By tracking your barcode error rate over time, you can identify trends and potential problems. This data can help you improve your process and prevent errors in the future.

When do you need 1D or 2D codes?

1D codes are suitable for encoding short strings of text, such as product numbers or dates. 2D codes can encode more data in a smaller space, making them ideal for applications where space is limited, such as on labels or packaging. To ensure that your barcodes meet standards, it is important to choose the right type of code for your application. Barcode validation can help you do this by verifying that your barcodes meet industry standards.

When choosing a barcode type, you should consider the following factors:

  • The amount of data you need to encode
  • The space available for the barcode
  • The printing method you are using
  • The scanning method you are using

What is the importance of quality in 1D and 2D codes?

To ensure the quality of barcodes, a trade-off must be made between verification of the printed image and a simple validation step. In a validation, the readability of the code is checked, for example, by a specific barcode scanner. This readability is influenced by the quality of the barcode printer, the settings of this printer, the type of substrate being printed on and external factors such as line speed, humidity, and printing system being utilized. A validation does not give any information about the position of the bars or spaces in the code. The print quality can only be checked with an image analysis. An inspection of printed images therefore always includes both a validation (readability check) and an analysis (quality check).

What is Verification?

Verification, on the other hand, serves as proof of quality, e.g. to suppliers. This involves checking whether the code can be read by any common scanner and complies with ISO or AIM standards. In addition, the position of the bars and spaces is checked. The width and distance between the bars and spaces must correspond to the nominal values. Therefore, the verification goes beyond a simple validation. It also includes an analysis of the printed image.

How do you check the printed image?

In addition to checking the quality of codes, the presence of the marking can also be checked using an external vision system. An external camera system is used to capture an image of the mark and this image is matched with a reference image. This is done in a fraction of a second to see if all the contents are present. Possible inspection scenarios:

  • Variable data, such as best-before date
  • Quality of printed barcode
  • Batch numbers and code serialization
  • Complete absence of the code
  • Partial presence of the code
  • Accuracy of the code

The reference image can be created using different methods. For example, it can be generated from a master image, or it can be acquired live from a good product on the production line. When using a live image, be mindful that different lighting conditions can cause possible variations in the capture.

If you want to check that your barcodes meet industry standards, barcode validation is the way to go. It can help you improve your production efficiency and quality control. Barcode validation can also help you choose the right type of code for your application. Choose a barcode type that meets your needs, and make sure to check the quality of your codes before you print them. Barcode validation is an important part of any quality control process.

What does code validation mean?

Barcode validation is the process of verifying that a printed barcode meets certain quality standards. This includes checking the overall print quality, as well as the accuracy of the data encoded in the barcode. Our MPERIA-driven validation software is the help you need to ensure your barcode validation program works as you expect.  Easy integration in existing production lines, real-time alerts for deviations, and guaranteed maximum quality marking.

What is the difference between code validation and code verification?

Code validation is the process of verifying that a printed barcode meets certain quality standards. Code verification, on the other hand, is the process of ensuring that the data encoded in a barcode is correct. Barcode validation is important because it helps to ensure that products are correctly labeled and easy to scan. Verification is typically delivered in the form of a report with a grading scale assigned to the results.  A, B, C, or D are passing grades for a barcode.

When should you use code validation?

Barcode validation should be used whenever there is a need to verify the accuracy of data encoded in a barcode. In code validation, the quality of the code is measured and evaluated in relation to internal standards, such as readability. In code verification, quality is assessed in relation to international standards. Code validation is important because it helps to ensure that products are correctly labeled and easy to scan.

Why is barcode validation important?

Barcode validation is important because it helps to ensure that products are correctly labeled and easy to scan. It’s an essential component of any traceability initiative with more and more customers expecting to have access to where their products originated and how they flowed through the supply chain.

How can barcode validation improve manufacturing efficiency?

Barcode validation translates to less product scrap and rework and potential fines for non-compliance in industries that require traceability (produce, food handling, etc.).  This means more production line uptime, more products being shipped to customers, and more revenue.

How can Matthews help with barcode validation?

Matthews Marking Systems can assist you with barcode validation in several ways. We can help you check the print quality of your codes, as well as the accuracy of the data encoded in them. We can also help you choose the right type of code for your application. MPERIA-driven validation software is designed to provide easy integration into your existing production lines, real-time alerts for deviations from standards, and guaranteed maximum marking quality.

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