“We have quality targets as part of our key performance indicators (KPIs), which could be adversely impacted by barcodes that don’t read properly. This is why Printronix’s Online Data Validation is so important to us — it has brought significant improvements.” – Steven Davis, Project Engineer
Each engine produced at Hams Hall is labeled with a Code 39 barcode that holds the engine’s serial number. The labels have a touch face coating and are applied using strong adhesive, so that they will remain affixed for the life of the engine. If the barcode cannot be read properly, when the engine arrives at a BMW automotive assembly plant in Germany, North America or South Africa, production and the plant’s automated processes can be significantly impacted.
The World’s Most Advanced Engine Plant Uses Printronix Printers thermal printers – six T5306s and four T5308s with Online Data Validation (ODV™) to print and validate the Code 39 barcodes. Online Data Validation (ODV™) performs 100 percent inspection for linear barcodes and conducts a complete print quality check on PDF417 barcodes to allow for dependable quality control in automotive supply-chain environments.
A complete Printronix solution helped BMW eliminate failures, which often translate into rejected items, the need for manual correction, productivity delays or heavy fines. Now, if a label does not pass the validation check, it is fed back into the printer, voided and then reprinted and revalidated.