TITLE

Automatic Identification

AUTHOR(S)
Weatherall, David
PUB. DATE
July 1987
SOURCE
Management Services;Jul1987, Vol. 31 Issue 7, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on automatic identification which is rapidly gaining ground in the manufacturing industries. The push of manufacturing economics is forcing manufacturers the world over to create assembly lines that can produce a mixture of goods. Naturally, each of the items on the assembly line needs to be identifiable in order to decide what the next operation is to be. Some sort of label is necessary to distinguish the differing models coming down the assembly line. There needs to be some way of labeling the items in a way that can be understood by machines. There are several ways of trying to identify items in a machine-readable manner. One simple but effective method is using a pattern of open and closed holes in known positions on a pallet to distinguish between 32 production items. But this system may not be ideal for all situations. A very common identification method is the use of barcodes to identify product parts. A related method uses CCD cameras to read patterns of dots instead of barcodes. Another method which is rapidly gaining ground is the use of radio tags. These are small transponders with varying amounts of intelligence that can be used for identification by radio.
ACCESSION #
12355664

 

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