Top 5 Peak Season Pains

Some of the biggest names in retail distribution are celebrating a successful peak season, while some are nursing a few bruises. Even if you were successful, we bet there are ways to improve. What’s the biggest pain you’d like to resolve this year?

Choose one of the top 5 pains. →

Achieve the Highest Read Rates Possible

Before a package can leave an automated facility, it must travel through a ship sorter and under a scanning tunnel. Failure to quickly and accurately read codes at this critical stage will drastically impact throughput, efficiency, and deliverability.

The industry-leading Cognex tunnel provides wide belt coverage with the highest industry read rates.

  • Advanced barcode reading algorithms reads codes at angles exceeding 85 degrees.
  • Cognex technology reads scratched, poorly-printed and obscured codes.
  • Cognex Explorer Real Time Monitoring automatically categorizes the cause of no reads to help you identify and resolve system defects.

Detect Label Printing and Placement Problems

Smudged, wrinkled, flagged, or improperly placed labels lower read rates and lead to costly manual rework and delays.

Cognex imaged-based barcode readers equipped with vision technology:

  • Identify compromised or missing labels
  • Ensure proper placement of labels
  • Read smudged or damaged codes
  • Capture and categorize cause of any no reads

Improve Presentation Scanning Efficiency

Boxes rotate as they move between conveyors and in the pick and pack area, operators manually present barcodes to scanners from many different angles. Laser scanners have trouble reading codes from extreme angles, resulting in lower read rates and rework.

Cognex DataMan image-based barcode readers read codes at angles exceeding 85 degrees providing high read rates despite inconsistencies.

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Ensure Accuracy and Quality of Labels

Some packages require hazmat, fragile, or other special shipping labels. To avoid fines and safety concerns, companies must verify that labels are clearly printed and correctly placed on the package.

Cognex image-based barcode readers equipped with vision technology:

  • Identify compromised or missing labels
  • Ensure proper placement of labels
  • Read smudged or damaged codes
  • Read codes at extreme angles
  • Capture and categorize cause of no reads
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Shorten Rework Times

Rework can be extremely costly so maintaining the integrity of the barcode label is important to maximizing the automation process.
 
Cognex DataMan barcode readers equipped with vision technology can identify compromised or missing labels, giving the hospital lane a heads up and shortening rework times.


  1. Less than 99.8% read rate
  2. Label print and placement problems
  3. Inefficient routing and scanning
  4. Overflowing hospital lane
  5. Label quality inspection issues