Trends

Industries who are mature in barcode use are now reallystriving for perfection. They realize the importance of doing it right, correctly,well executed and well maintained.  Theirreasoning is simple - exceptions are costs and are unnecessary.  So, 95% is not good enough today.  100% is the objective. You will see a threadof this in our offerings.  We do itright. The "rules of the road" in AIDC are clearly spelled out and must befollowed to be a part of the movement and to benefit.

The next major economic segment to be impacted ishealthcare. The potential has been recognized for a long time and now federalregulators have established standards and the timetable forimplementation.  The results will bedramatic in the near to mid-term but quite transformative in the longerterm.  Better care and lower costs.

Risk in doing it wrong - this has always been a problem.However, in the past it simply created an exception to the systematic flow ofdata or products.  It may have causedsomeone to have to key enter information or write it down but it usually wasnot a show stopper.  Now we are expectingsomething closer to perfect.  At the veryleast, those exceptions create costs and need to be minimized. In automatedproduction lines an exception could cause a line stoppage at a cost ofthousands per second or cause products that must be scrapped.  With healthcare seriously starting to rely onthe AIDC technologies, the risk equation has changed.  An exception here could hurt or even kill apatient.  The metric for a manufacturers barcode quality will gradually move toward onto the GRC Managers dashboard (Governance Risk and Compliance)

Another slowly growing trend is related to diagnosing issuesor problems in AIDC.  Barcodeverification is way underutilized and not understood by many. For those that are experiencing reading problems, here is an important hint.........it is much more likely to be a label problem and not the scanner! 

Another trend is that our AIDC technologies and standardsare way ahead of the average implementation. This means that there are many new opportunities to do more, to dobetter, and to gain a competitive advantage by stretching a bit.  Good news!  Another hint.......learn about multiple fields in barcodes using AI's (application identifiers) and learn about redundancy in 2D barcodes.

Although we hear a lot about RFID and it isdefinitely growing, RFID is on a somewhat less steep trajectory compared tobarcode.  The standards are in place andthere are a lot of exciting developments on tags and readers adding featuresand functions for a variety of applications. It is happening and you may notsee it until it is upon you, but it is happening.