QR Codes & Electronics Supply Chain

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Himanshugupta
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another application of QR code
Himanshugupta   11/28/2011 12:57:07 PM
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Did not know until now what QR code is so the link in the article helped very much. After knowing what QR code is, first thing that came to my mind is this ad by Blackberry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sbc_-ZN2Wc

Pretty unique in its appeal. 

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Re: another application of QR code
Dorothea Blouin   11/28/2011 3:41:32 PM
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Unless QR codes are a lot smaller than I've seen, they are going to be too big for many electronic components, especially the rice grain sized passive components.  Marking the reel is not enough these days.

 

 

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Re: another application of QR code
Anna young   11/28/2011 3:47:23 PM
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@Dorothea, Valid point. But don't you think the point about size also applies to RFID tags? In the end, perhaps the utility of these devices is more in the packaging than in the individual components. It's also likely supply chain people may seek to use QR codes only in finished goods because it may be easier to place the symbols on the packaging.

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electronics862   11/28/2011 9:15:33 PM
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With the help of QR code we can store more data about the product than RFID . We can reduce the size as the it's only binary/alphanumeric symbols. The readability is fast in improving the decoding rate. We can hope in the near future QR will be all over.

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Jacob   11/28/2011 10:52:42 PM
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Electronics862, you are right and it has its own advantages. But the drawback is QR code can be implemented in batch wise only, it’s not able to empose on each resistor or capacitor or IC. So the tracking is possible only by batch or lot wise.

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Re: another application of QR code
Dave Sasson   11/28/2011 11:23:44 PM
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QR codes have their purpose, but at this point I can’t see them being used as a replacement for standard barcode in the supply chain.  Believe it or not, many companies still don’t even use regular barcodes within their supply chain.  QR codes require a camera phone to scan them, which would be too slow compared to the almost immediate response time of scanning a barcode.  RFID would be a more practical choice in the supply chain vs QR codes, at least for now.

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tirlapur   11/29/2011 5:01:42 AM
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QR codes require a camera phone to scan them, which would be too slow compared to the almost immediate response time of scanning a barcode. 

@Dave you are absolutely right, moreover QR codes doesnt work properly if the surface is curved because device can't read the QR code if its on curved surface.


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Re: another application of QR code
tirlapur   11/29/2011 5:06:13 AM
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But the drawback is QR code can be implemented in batch wise only, it’s not able to empose on each resistor or capacitor or IC.

@Jacob is there any restriction on the size of the QR code? What will happen if we create a tiny QR code on each resistor or capacitor ?

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QR codes
Barbara Jorgensen   11/28/2011 1:22:01 PM
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Interesting possibilities for the supply chain. If the cost savings become compelling enough, it sounds like a good technology.

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tirlapur   11/29/2011 4:56:31 AM
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Although there are many advantages to using QR Codes there are also a few disadvantages to its use. One of the downfalls is you can't tell what it says, or even who put it there. "A spoofer can get you to click on a QR Code to a malicious link,"

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Eldredge   11/28/2011 2:24:36 PM
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Particularly in the case of medical information, providing communication between the scanning device and the symbol becomes critical, allowing the scanner to read only if the device is authorized. Interesting technology.

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QR Codes; Counterfeiting solution
JADEN   11/28/2011 2:57:25 PM
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This technology can ensure product authenticity and solve the problem of counterfeiting in supply chain, it's just to embedded anti-counterfeit encyption into QR codes and place it on the electronics products.  Some electronics products already have it, like Insignia LED TV.

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Anne   11/28/2011 3:24:30 PM
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@Jaden

You're right, it can provide a product verification to know which product is original, and the consumers can as well access the manufacturer's website by scanning the products QR code to learn more about the brand and its products.

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Anna young   11/28/2011 3:03:05 PM
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"Average costs are difficult to determine, because the technology aims to solve unique company problems".

This is a great idea and a new venture for the electronics supply chain. If the costing issue is simplified.

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stochastic excursion   11/28/2011 3:27:25 PM
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The codes can not only link to large amounts of data, but also triggers scripts on a web server linked to the scanner.  This has interesting possibilities for automated manufacturing and logistics.

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jbond   11/29/2011 7:31:27 AM
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Right now there are at least two issues with using QR Codes regularly. The first issue is cost. Right know it would be expensive for many companies to switch over to this technology. Another issue is reliability. I can't tell you how many times I have tried to scan these codes and they haven't worked. They are just too sensitive right now to be reliable enough to implement into a supply chain.

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QR for Supply Chain? Not too sure
TIOLUWA   11/29/2011 7:55:32 AM
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I think the points jbond raised are very important.

 

It is one thing to track vehicle parts across one a manufacturing plant, or check out drugs when purchased, but it is another to track parts when they have to travel across the globe through various enviromental conditions.

Once a QR code has any physical defect, it changes completely and could become unreadle.

As for the cost issues, i'm not perfectly sure how much they are compare to the present cost of tracking in the supply chain, but i'm thinking there is no reason why they should be too much.

 

If QR codes have any advantage ove rthe present tracking methods being used, then i know it is possible to work around the present limitations that it has to make is useable and affordable.

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Re: QR for Supply Chain? Not too sure
TaimoorZ   11/29/2011 12:22:08 PM
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@Tioluwa: I agree with you here. From what I have researched, QR codes are two dimensional barcodes which are an advanced version of normal barcodes. The advantage that QR codes offers over normal barcodes is that they are able to store more information. I don't think that's too much of a need in the case of inventory items. Normal barcodes are good enough to store all the properties of inventory items. Besides, QR codes have to be read in line of sight of the reader, so that will limit their use. RFID technology clearly has its edge when it comes to using tags for inventory.

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prabhakar_deosthali   11/29/2011 9:18:16 AM
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In my opinion this technology is still in a flux and it will be too early to predict whether it be adopted on a mass scale like the Bar-codes.

Let the initial excitement turn into a steady state and then only we will be able to predict its future acceptance .

As of today , I feel there are many issues with this technology , which need to be sorted out - dependance on ambient light, camera quality, the physical wear and tear of such tags are some of these issues.

 

 

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QR codes + Tablets for inventory
arenasolutions   11/29/2011 3:31:26 PM
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My CTO recently published an article about using QR codes in manufacturing, and while it was focused more on the OEM side, I see no reason why suppliers couldn't adopt this as well.

QR codes are a natural fit for manufacturing, as scanners are already used for inventory control, and electronic documentation is increasing in usage on the shop floor. With the popularization of tablet computers, I believe this trend will accelerate, and QR codes will provide a great way to connect electronic documents to the real world.

With the ability to create scannable URLs, manufacturers can implement a point-and-browse experience on the shop floor.  For example, if work orders listing collections of parts included a QR code, a technician with a tablet could scan the work order, and immediately pull up the latest approved assembly procedure.

Manufacturers could also use this functionality to improve inventory management—with QR code-enhanced bins that provide a real-world bookmark for the latest specifications for each part.

Has anyone experienced this application of the technology?

 

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Re: QR codes + Tablets for inventory
Laurie Sullivan   11/29/2011 3:35:27 PM
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Hi Areasolutions, can you share that article, maybe post a link, to that article from your CTO, please. Thanks. Much appreciated. -- Laurie

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Anna young   11/29/2011 5:45:12 PM
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Laurie, Here's the link: Do QR codes belong on the shop floor? Arenasolutions inserted it into her comment.

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Laurie Sullivan   11/29/2011 5:46:45 PM
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Nice, thank you. It didn't see it.

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