Microscan is a global technology leader in barcode reading, machine vision and verification technology serving a wide range of industrial automation and OEM markets. Microscan provides extensive solutions for ID tracking, traceability and inspection, ranging from basic barcode reading to complex machine vision inspection, identification and measurement. As an ISO 9001:2008-certified company recognised for quality leadership in the US, Microscan is known and trusted by customers worldwide as a provider of quality, high-precision products. Microscan is a subsidiary of Spectris plc, a leading supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls.

Barcode reading, machine vision and verification

Microscan helps manufacturers throughout the pharmaceutical, clinical diagnostics, drug discovery, laboratory and medical device industries with diverse applications such as: auto ID tracking and traceability, sample tracking, medical device tracking, test level traceability, vial reading and barcode verification. Microscan’s smart cameras and machine vision software can carry out date and lot verification, colour detection, robotic guidance, test tube cap and colour inspection, package integrity inspection and dimensional gauging.

Stop counterfeit drugs and comply with regulations with 2D barcodes

To avoid counterfeit drugs from entering the supply chain, each box or container (for pills, tablets or syrups, for example) needs to be marked with production data, as well as a unique serial number. This data will be used to track the drug though its lifecycle, and through the supply chain – from production to the consumer – ensuring the validity and traceability of the product. Machine vision can help to read these text strings reliably, at high speeds. Optical character recognition (OCR) and subsequent data retrieval help to ensure the smooth flow of information throughout the manufacturing and distribution process. A 2D Data Matrix code, as well as the production data in text format can be printed on the container. Then the data and print quality can be inspected by the Microscan smart cameras. With the AutoVISION machine vision software connected to the smart camera, you can build an application within minutes.

Product serialization, data compliance and label accuracy

Product serialization, data compliance and label accuracy have been on everyone’s lips these days. With manufacturers under obligation to meet federal regulations for traceability initiatives, Microscan has kept up with the demand for barcode verification and label inspection training and solutions. The quality, legibility, and accuracy of marked text and barcodes can be easily checked with Microscan machine vision and verification technology. Microscan’s intuitive AutoVISION machine vision software features powerful tools for both symbol quality and text quality verification (OCV). Using AutoVISION software, smart cameras and lighting, a user can set up a complete verification system to determine barcode quality at any level of quality grading, including conformance to three global verification standards: ISO 15415, AIM DPM and ISO 15416.

Barcode verification

Microscan’s barcode verification product line includes LVS handheld ISO barcode verifiers to grade 1D and 2D codes, and print quality inspection systems that attach directly to label printers and presses to check labels as they are produced. With these solutions, you can add security to your labelling operations with automated ISO/IEC and GS1 verification, diagnostic tools and auditable reporting using expert devices that take the stress out of ensuring compliance.

MicroHAWK: one incredible platform

Barcode reading and machine vision are now possible on a single device. MicroHAWK is the next generation of industrial imaging devices. With the highest-performance imaging engine in its class at the core, MicroHAWK offers an array of modular hardware options to take on any OEM and factory automation task with three micro-form-factor cameras. You can choose your software experience, from basic decoding to complex inspection, plug and power − and instantly outperform the competition out of the box.

Legacy of innovation

Microscan leads an extensive legacy in the automatic identification and machine vision business. We pride ourselves in bringing ground-breaking solutions to the market since February 1982, when founder Mike Mertel integrated a laser diode into a barcode scanner, producing a smaller, faster and safer barcode reading solution. Our history also includes the invention of the industry-standard 2D symbology, Data Matrix. Today, Microscan’s auto ID and machine vision business represent the convergence of multiple separate, pioneering histories, marked by continuous technology innovation that spans more than three decades.

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