As companies increasingly adopt anti-counterfeiting solutions, particularly mass serialisation strategies, what other factors do they need to take into account besides the actual security solution itself?
Code readability is critical to ensure full compliance. If a code cannot be read then perfectly good products will be scrapped unnecessarily. Verification is also important as it ensures that all codes can be read once products are released out in the field. When assessing and monitoring the quality of barcodes, important considerations are:
It’s also important to bear in mind that different system set ups are not consistent, so code quality can vary with different systems. Everyone forgets they’re not measuring the code, but the image of the code. Any inconsistencies in the setup will affect the image.
How do on-line verification solutions compare with off-line systems in terms of speed and accuracy?
Off line systems are available ‘out the box’, where as online ones need to be customised to ensure that parameters such as lighting, standoff and setup are correct. On-line systems are bespoke for the environment that they work within. If there is an issue with the amount of space available then the system will be configured as appropriate, such as with the correct lens and lighting. The goal of an on-line verifier is to provide quality feedback on the code without disrupting the production flow of the line.