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Barcodes and Document Management:

Barcode technologies are an underutilized technology in computing and business. The most common bar code seen in the world today is the UPC on items you buy at retail stores but have you ever wondered what ink pattern on the back of your driver's license is? It is a 2D barcode.

To enhance business workflow we offer our customers suggestions, such as barcoding, to evaluate the impact on their overhead. Most any time when a document leaves your hands and will make it back to you some time in the future, a bar code embedded on the document can help in processing the document retrieval. The codes can be read with a hand held PS2 or USB scanner, but they can also be optically recognized from scanned images on any color paper stock.

Utilizing Barcode OCR (optical character recognition) we greatly reduce the overhead required to store documents in a document management system. High throughput scanners are used to process 500+ page scan jobs of unrelated documents and with OCR technology our software will identify the documents, split them up, and store them in their respective location.


Barcodes and Manufacturing:

Another use of barcode technologies is for production. Many industrial businesses physically attach a 'punch-list' on goods being produced. We take this to the next step by enhancing the list to include peel away labels for each stage in the production process. As an item progresses to the next stage of production the protective label is peeled away and the stage completed is scanned. This provides real time information of the production status of the item by it's uniquely assigned asset tag.

Recording manufacturing progress in this way permits Business Intelligence by providing reports of employee productivity, average time for completion at each stage of production, on demand access to goods being produced, and in-production inventory management.

Examples of manufacturing automation:

  • When manufacturing begins an email is sent to the customer notifying them production has begun.
  • When a product is 50% finished a purchase order is cut for necessary shipping packaging.
  • When the product is finished a shipping manifest is printed, the customer is informed, and asset tag information is added to inventory.
  • Calculating employee incentive pay based on the number of manufacturing tasks completed.
  • Providing employee productivity reports

We have published a white paper on barcode systems further outlining the benefits to productivity.