Let's Talk About Traceability Using Datacode & OCR
Updated: May 9, 2021
Data code are important for traceability both for the component manufacturer and the customer. In most applications, the combination information of date, lot or batch code, manufacturing place ID, and sometime machine ID that product that part of every possible components is recorded.
If a set of similar failure occur sooner than expected (yes, we expect the boxes to fail at some point) then batch issues become a prime suspect; we don't really care just how the date code or batch code has been stated provided full traceability can be established.
The high reliability industries typically buy components from relatively few suppliers for this very reason. Where a batch failure issues a few years post manufacture but falling out of MTBF, the manufacturer is always informed. It is in the interest of the manufacturer to do this both for their own quality assurance purpose and the confidence of the equipment manufactures in their parts.
As manufacturers have numerous fabrication plants scattered across the globe, knowing the essential process information helps them understand which plant may need a bit of attention. The reason that relatively few manufacturer obtain full traceability is because of higher cost for machine to be compatible for process requirement and managing the supply chain data logging.
The good news is, Squidify System is here to make manufacturer to implement traceability by obtaining process information using datacode and essential information easier than ever. In this example, we using a shape-match tool for localization, qr-code tool and two OCR tool for data identification to accomplish the objective.
For the combination of these tools, it takes approximately 100ms for a 5MP; 2592pixels (width) x 1944pixels (height) image.
The datacode type and its parameters supported in the Squidify System are:
Ready-to-use OCR font that supported in the Squidify System are: