Webcast tutorial: Barcode scanners are a mechatronics marvel

Few things today would disrupt society more than if barcode scanners stopped working. But what is a barcode and how does a barcode scanner work? Tutorial Webcasts explain.
By Control Engineering Staff July 11, 2008

Waltham, MA – Few things today would disrupt society more than if barcode scanners stopped working. But what is a barcode and how does a barcode scanner work?
MechatronicsZone.com presents Mechatronics On-Demand Webcasts to explore the role of mechatronics, and in this case, focus on the development of a nearly indispensable technology. A three-part tutorial, sponsored by Siemens PLM, Numatics, and National Instruments, addresses the following topics:
Part 1: Barcodes and Barcode Scanners
Dr. Kevin Craig and Dr. Mark Nagurka, professors of Mechanical Engineering at Marquette University, discuss types of barcodes and barcode scanners and how they are used in industries outside retail and manufacturing, particularly for quality control and security applications.
Part 2: Save Time and Increase Efficiency with Barcode Scanners
Drs. Craig and Nagurka uncover the barcode scanner while identifying key elements of mechatronic system design. Barcode scanners have improved operational efficiency by keeping better track of changes, saving time, and responding more quickly to inquiries and changes. Customer and regulatory requirements that agencies or customers may impose can easily be met with barcodes.
Part 3: What’s Next for Barcode Scanners?
Drs. Craig and Nagurka explore the future of barcode scanners, what’s next for this mechatronics device, and how it is utilized to make improvements in performance from a systems approach.
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