An important goal for any manufacturer is to avoid product recall. Recalls are costly, in terms of both actual costs of repair, replacement, or buy-backs as well as the cost of a tarnished brand reputation.
Implementing quality control solutions can help reduce the risk of product defects and safety hazards; however, even the most effective quality control does not eliminate all risk.
Recalls happen, and when they do, it is critical that manufacturers are prepared to respond quickly by identifying affected products and issuing a timely recall to mitigate damages.
When recalls occur, a manufacturer's response can make or break its reputation, and by extension, impact customer loyalty and future profits.
Manufacturers must act quickly and recall all affected products that have already been purchased. In some cases, manufacturers must be able to quickly pull affected inventory from their own shelves, distribution centers, and retail establishments. In other instances, like in many automotive recalls, consumers may need their purchases repaired in a timely manner. Furthermore, to prevent unnecessary costs, manufacturers must avoid inadvertently recalling unaffected products.
Track and trace solutions help manufacturers execute recalls quickly and accurately, so that affected products can be repaired or removed from the market, and the issue can be resolved quickly.
These solutions depend on reliable identification of individual products throughout the supply chain—most commonly by scanning barcodes at every stage from production to purchase. Track and trace solutions are only as reliable as the devices that scan the codes, so selecting the appropriate identification technology is critical.
The iVu BCR offers advanced 1D and 2D barcode reading capabilities for traceability in a rugged package.
Able to decode over a dozen commonly used linear barcode symbols, the TCNM sensor provides fast read rates, broad depth of field, and high resolution.