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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?
@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.
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.
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.
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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