Datalogic Automation is providing a flexible track and trace solution to a major international manufacturer of electronics products for traceability of electronics components involved in surface mount technology (SMT).
The solution, which involves almost 700 Datalogic Matrix 210 2D barcode readers, will be deployed by the electronics manufacturer to specifically meet component identification and traceability requirements.
Headquartered in Japan with branches across the world, the electronics giant and key equipment vendor for some of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturing service (EMS) providers required a specialist traceability solution so that it could provide its own clients - original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) in the global electronics industry - with equipment for PCB manufacturing that could cope with varied electronics components and fluctuating production volumes.
Component identification is required in the PCB manufacturing process, where several kinds of 1D and 2D bar codes need be identified and have their data collected, while electronics component traceability helps reduce recall exposure, as well as improve product quality and line efficiency.
In order to meet these requirements, the electronics manufacturer has now deployed 700 Datalogic Matrix 210 2D barcode readers in its Chinese plant for a number of specified needs including 1D and 2D bar codes reading capability. Connectivity is also a plus, allowing various interfaces such as Ethernet, USB A/B and RS232, as well as ease of installation and operational ability in confined spaces.
Known for its ability to provide extreme reading performance and integrated Ethernet in an ultra-compact housing, the Matrix 210 2D barcode readers were chosen by the customer ahead of other systems due to best test performance, competitive pricing and superior technical support. Thanks to the WVGA image sensor, capturing up to 60 frames per second and the powerful internal illuminator, the Matrix 210 offers extreme dynamic reading capability. The unrivalled decoding libraries running on the new high speed hardware platform deliver superior reading robustness and impressive decoding rates, supporting high system throughput and improving efficiency of production.
Additionally, the onboard Ethernet allows effective transfer of both reading data and captured images to be easily and quickly uploaded on external PCs or servers, simply for storage or for offline process analysis. A 90° reading window allows for perfect contact reading and simple mechanical integration into narrow spaces, while the ‘Green Spot’ provides an easy and real-time feedback of the reading status without any additional supervisory software.
By deploying the Datalogic solution, the client has been able to ensure the entire PCB manufacturing process operates efficiently with any problems being detected quickly and the process adjusted accordingly. The electronics manufacturer is now able to offer its customers an excellent and flexible barcode reading solution for tracking and inspecting all the electronics components involved in the SMT process.