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BMW Improves Barcode Accuracy with the use of Printronix ODV Barcode Validation Solution

Known as the “world’s most advanced car engine productions plant,” the £400 million, 85-acre BMW plant at Hams Hall in the United Kingdom employs 700 people, and produces approximately 600 four-cylinder petrol engines, from 1.6 to 2.0 liter capacity, per day.

“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 Auto ID’s, Online Data Validation is so important to us — it has brought significant improvements.” – Steven Davis, Project Engineer

The Problem

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.

Our Solution

The World’s Most Advanced Engine Plant Uses Printronix Auto ID thermal printers with Online Data Validation (ODV™) to print and validate their 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.

The Results

A complete Printronix solution that included an integrated ODV barcode printer and validator helped BMW eliminate failures. Bad barcodes often translated into rejected items, the need for manual correction, productivity delays or heavy fines. Now every label is scanned as it is printed. If a label does not pass the validation check, it is automatically pulled back into the printer, voided and then reprinted.

*Printer photos may not represent the exact model used in Customer Success Story

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