MS-Q hand-held imagers read directly marked symbols on aero-engine parts

SEPTEMBER 9--Microscan (Renton, WA; www.microscan.com/) MS-Q hand-held imagers were selected by a principal aero-engine manufacturer as a key component in its direct part-mark-identification system.

Sep 9th, 2004

SEPTEMBER 9--Microscan (Renton, WA; www.microscan.com/) MS-Q hand-held imagers were selected by a principal aero-engine manufacturer as a key component in its direct part-mark-identification system. As a part of the "Air Transport Association SPEC 2000," manufacturers are required to mark and track each part used to assemble airplanes. Taking the lead in adopting 2-D Data Matrix as the standard method of marking its aero-engine parts, the manufacturer placed a significant order for several hundred MS-Q units.

After several months of vendor evaluations involving on-site operations testing, Microscan's MS-Q imagers were selected as the superior product for reading low-contrast, direct-marked 2-D codes. "The new MS-Q is not just another portable 2-D imager," commented Matt Allen, Microscan product marketing manager. "The MS-Q provides users with the same technological edge designed into Microscan's smart camera Quadrus EZ for decoding symbols directly marked on low-contrast substrates such as metallic, plastic, rubber, and glass. The MS-Q is quite possibly the most aggressive 2-D hand-held imager available."

"The aerospace industry's ongoing Spec 2000 initiative and the recent US Department of Defense mandate relating to Unique Identifier Codes on parts and equipment it procures, have made it more important than ever to have strong, reliable solutions for reading 2-D codes," commented Bob Taplett, applications engineering manager for Microscan.

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