Wind Power and Asset Management

Off in the distance, many landscapes are now being speckled with wind turbines, churning to harness the energy that can be produced by the wind. For the first time in history, the U.S. has reached a milestone, producing 50 gigawatts (GW) of electric generating capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. In more relatable …

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Retroreflectivity Deadline Looms in June 2014: Be Prepared

By June 14, 2014, traffic signs must be complaint with the new sign retroreflectivity standard per the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  Agencies have until this date to determine their inventory needs and outline a plan to put sign inventory tracking and maintenance programs in place. MUTCD Sets Forth …

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You are Not Special, but Your Purchases are (Infographic)

Did you know that major brands profile you based on what you buy? Retailers like Target and Domino’s Pizza gather and store this data via barcode technology, and they use it to determine everything from how best to market to you, which coupons you’re most likely to use based on your life stage, and what …

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FDA Proposes Rule on Unique Device Identification (UDI) for Medical Devices

In July 2012, the U.S. FDA announced its proposed regulatory language for a Unique Device Identification (UDI) system for most medical devices distributed in the United States. Based on legislation passed in September 2007, this proposal would establish a unique and uniform labeling system to identify U.S. medical devices throughout the supply chain, from manufacturer …

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Anti-Counterfeit Measures Help Defense Industry Supply Chain

When most people think about counterfeit items, images of handbags, DVDs of popular movies, and paper money typically come to mind. But counterfeiting has a larger impact on many people and industries, including both consumers and manufacturers. Counterfeit parts cost countries throughout the world billions of dollars. In addition, they jeopardize an item’s functionality, performance …

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Data Matrix Codes vs. QR Codes

The use of Quick Response Codes, or QR Codes, is on the rise. You’ve probably seen them just about everywhere recently. But what makes QR Codes different from other Data Matrix Codes, and which code type is right for your bar code application? A Data Matrix Code is a two-dimensional (2D) code that consists of black and …

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Decoding Symbologies

Symbologies are what makes the bar code portion of an asset tag useful. Symbologies are systems of encoded data in a bar code that scanners or bar code readers can decode and process the stored data. The first step toward understanding symbologies is to review some key terms. Character set:  Range of data characters that …

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How to Choose the Right Adhesive for your Barcode Labels

When deciding on adhesive-backed barcode labels, you want the adhesive to be reliable. Its job is to consistently attach the label to an asset for that asset’s entire lifespan. So choosing the right adhesives for your barcode labels is key and requires some consideration. In what environment will the label reside (indoors or outdoors)? On …

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Who's Ready for an Animated Tattoo Using QR Codes?

If you think you’ve seen QR codes everywhere, look again.  QR codes are gaining in popularity, particularly for marketing and promotional purposes.  But take a look at the newest application for QR codes – a QR code tattoo that creates an animated tattoo! Using a mobile barcode scanning app, a new QR code tattoo transforms …

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Durable Barcode Labels from Camcode Gain Underwriters Laboratories Approval

Camcode’s Metalphoto® products and processes have recently been certified as part of the Underwriters Laboratories® (UL) Authorized Label Supplier Program.  An independent safety certification organization, UL has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. As part of the Authorized Label Supplier program, we are approved to print the UL …

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