4 Technology Trends Every Manufacturer Needs to Remain Competitive

June 6, 2017

We are seeing some exciting trends in the automatic data capture space that can help your business improve productivity and profitability. Let Coridian help you explore these technologies and see how they can move your business forward.

Here are the trends:

  • Transition from 1D to 2D Scanning
  • Mobile Operating System Migration – From Windows to Android
  • Device Management
  • Printing and Supplies Optimization

Click here and complete the simple form for a link to learn more about each component in our new ebook Future Proofing your Operation

Need help satisfying the FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements?

March 10, 2015

Medical Device Manufacturers are you ready to meet the FDA Unique Device Identification compliance requirements and deadlines?   Coridian offers complete Unique Device Identification software, Coridian UDI Solutionshardware, media and integration solutions. To learn more about the FDA UDI requirements and how Coridian Technologies can assist you in meeting them click here?

What areas of your warehouse could prosper from integrating bar coding technology? PART 1

June 11, 2014

One area of your warehouse that could prosper from introducing an automated inventory management system that integrates bar coding technology is your receiving area.

The first step is answering the following question:receiving

What type of information do you gather when you receive an incoming shipment from another vendor or a customer?

There are various ways to implement bar coding that will allow you to record and then view the entire history of a product, case box, or pallet.  An employee can not only tell where the product has been, but also understand where the product must be stored, which could include a direct delivery to the production line versus storage in the warehouse.  This information is vital to reducing storage space and to saving time in warehouse and product labor, simply because the receiver knows exactly where the product must go next.  In addition,  the bar code may include tracking information that is invaluable if there were ever a recall for a particular part used on the product being recalled, saving thousands of dollars for the company.

Come back  for PART 2 – Using bar coding for Inventory Management

3 Ways You Can Integrate Bar Coding In Your Manufacturing Process

June 2, 2014
  1. Label parts in the production department for easy access and seamless development.  Knowing where your inventory is located so you can build a product is key to efficient manufacturing.  Being able to locate a necessary item at all times, reducing search time and keeping a tighter control on parts’ inventory will keep the manufacturing process running smoothly and cost effectively.production
  2. Implement bar coding for improved work-in process and lower finished goods costs.  Bar coding allows you to track the productivity of a product build, reducing production time but still remaining efficient.  As a result, your finished goods are produced for less, saving you money directly to your bottom line.
  3. Order fulfillment and distribution can use bar coding for greater efficiencies and inventory accuracy.  Naturally, once the finished goods reach the warehouse and are prepared for distribution, those who work in this area of the supply chain depend on accurate inventory counts in order to fulfill orders as well as to let the manufacturing department know when they are low on various products.  Manual inventory counts are a recipe for disaster – prone to human error, miscounts, misships, and general overall data entry mistakes.  Bar coding eliminates manual steps.  It also allows managers to cross-train employees in warehouse inventory control, so when the warehouse manger isn’t available to count inventory, another employee can pick up where he left off, simply by using the bar coding system.

Importance of Label Selection in the Lab: Why you can’t lose your ID and how you can avoid it.

May 28, 2014

By:  Dana Ray, Global Market Manager at Brady Worldwide for Lab and Medical

When was the last time you lost your license or ID card?  For most of us, it’s been a long time, if at all.  Identification is one of the things we know is vitally important for us to function in our lives so we tend to keep really close track of where it is at all times.  Driving a car (legally), boarding a plane, cashing a check, buying beer – all rely on having ID available.  So keeping tabs on that plastic card is critical because we know that if we lose our ID… we’re screwed.

So ID is crucial to our lives.  But do we feel the same about the ID of our lab work?

Who has time to worry about labels?

In the lab, few people spend time thinking about the specimen label when they are setting up their sample identification protocol.  Most efforts are spent determining which information needs to be added to the sample and how it will be tracked.  But we don’t necessarily consider how the ID will survive for as long as the sample itself is in existence.

Losing a sample’s identification can have the same detrimental effect as us humans losing our personal ID.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Time lost relabeling samples
  • Repeating tests
  • Patient misdiagnosis
  • Lost research

A lost sample label can result in millions of dollars of waste annually in the lab.  In fact, in 2005, the cost of identification errors was estimated at $280,000 per million specimens.  No doubt it is much higher now.

Where labels can fail

Selecting the right method to identify your samples should be a critical element of your identification protocol, given harsh temperatures from -196°C to 121°C and chemicals like, ethanol and xylene, used in the lab for sample prep, testing and storage.  It is just as important as how the samples are handled, the type of information on the sample and how the resulting data will be stored and used.

Because a lost sample ID is the same as not having a sample (or the resulting data) at all.

Fortunately, ensuring you have the right sample identification solution is easy when you follow these tips:

  1.  Know your environment!  Think about the environment the sample will live in through its entire life cycle.  For example, if samples will be incubated during processing but ultimately stored at -80°C, make sure you select a label material that survives both temperature extremes.
  2.  Dump the marker!  Handwriting is the least durable and most unreliable way to identify a specimen.  Not only is chemical exposure a big challenge for that type of ink (aka “the dreaded ethanol drip”) but you also have to deal with your lab mate’s illegible handwriting.  Always print your specimen identification – I recommend thermal transfer printing for the most durable print.
  3. Look for evidence!  You’re a scientist so you should love this part!  Find a label supplier who has developed labels specifically for the lab and has the technical information readily available to prove performance for the label and print.
  4. Test, test, test!  Last step…No supplier can recreate your specific lab environment so ask for samples and test in your lab to confirm performance.  Reputable label suppliers will provide test labels for free.

You wouldn’t do things to risk losing your personal ID so don’t put your work at risk with an inferior sample ID protocol.   Now let’s go grab a beer – don’t forget your ID!

For more on best lab labeling practices, lab solutions, and Brady label samples, contact Coridian at 952-361-9980 (option 3) or sales@coridian.com.

Zebra’s New ZT400

May 1, 2014

Replacing the ZM400 Series printers, the ZT400 Series builds on the field-proven reliability of the Z Series™ with advancements in print speed, print quality and connectivity options. The ZT400 features increased processing capabilities and an open operating architecture providing flexibility to support your ever-growing and changing application requirements. zebrazt400

ZT400 Benefits

  • Increased processing power and user memory
  • Optional, expanded RFID capabilities enable greater tracking capabilities, visibility and enterprise insight
  • Zebra’s Link-OS environment delivers enhanced capabilities for monitoring, managing and maintaining ZT Series printers from any location
  • Dynamic QR codes give users “on-demand,” web-based support to resolve printer errors quickly
  • Available in 4″ and 6″ widths
  • 14 ips maximum print speed
  • Expanded RFID capabilities are easy to install and simple to use
  • Bi-fold media door decreases overall operating space by 35%

View Zebra’s ZT400 Data Sheet for Full Spec Information

For more information about Zebra’s new ZT400, please contact us at sales@coridian.com or call us at (952) 361-9980 option 3.

Think outside the software box

January 21, 2014

Have you ever searched online for that perfect software to solve your data collection problem and found out that it doesn’t come packed up in a fancy boxed solution? We have good news for you, your search may be over. Did you know that Coridian writes custom software applications in house? We listen to your perfect solution and work hard to bring it to life.

Here is a true short story about Coridian bringing Lab A’s solution to life.

Once upon a time there thrived a large research laboratory named Lab A.  Lab A received many specimen samples from labs all over their city to store in their large freezers for medical studies, but when the time came for Lab A’s operators to locate the samples for use, it was difficult and time consuming to find them.

Lab A knew there had to be a better solution and so they began their search to find it.  Being a customer of Coridian, they felt that talking to their sales representative was a good start. They discussed the problem with Coridian and found a simple, yet effective, solution.

The solution was to create a system that would allow the samples to be received and put away into the freezers utilizing barcoded labels and scanners, a Sample Tracking Application.

Using VB.net with an Access back end database, Coridian’s application specialist was able to create a custom program ideally suited to meet Lab A’s requirements. The Sample Tracking Application allows the operators to import the initial spreadsheet of the samples into the system, generate the required labels and then put them away using barcode scanners. This application also allows the operator to perform multiple types of transactions such as Put Away, Check Out, Check In, Move, and Transfer. Each transaction is logged into a History table that can then be used for reporting.

A handheld terminal was also utilized to allow the operators to perform the move transactions at the freezer rather than bringing the sample back to a workstation. This handheld terminal communicates in batch mode to upload lookup tables for verification prior to moving the samples as well as downloading the transactions to the PC application.

Lab A will be running more efficiently and effectively thanks to their new Sample Tracking Application.

What new custom program could you benefit from having in your workplace?

%d bloggers like this: