Markem-Imaje and Cognex collaborate to evolve ‘Mark & Read’ technology
Joint engineering and commercial initiative from leaders in the coding and vision system sectors to develop a more advanced and integrated solution for manufacturers to ensure the accuracy of coding on their packages.
May 31, 2018 By Andrew Joseph
Products with incorrect, unreadable or missing codes can cause significant problems for manufacturers. Not only is traceability made difficult, if not impossible, during recall situations but also retailers may fine manufacturers or reject products.
Since 2015, Mark & Read, an automated Cognex Corporation camera and Markem-Imaje printer verification solution, has helped companies confirm the right code is correctly printed every time, reducing unnecessary waste and helping ensure non-coding related recalls run more smoothly.
Markem-Imaje and Cognex are deepening their existing partnership to develop the next generation of Mark & Read applications for global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies. Both companies’ research and development and commercial teams will be working more closely together to integrate their printing and reading solutions, collaborating at regional and global levels on opportunities and projects in the packaging market.
By working together earlier in the engineering design process, they will ensure their products work even more seamlessly together to provide even quicker and more accurate code verification. Manufacturers will also benefit from a more intuitive user experience – from setup through to full-production – as enabled by the two leading players in their respective fields.
“We are excited to combine our Mark & Read solution and proven Cognex’s vision solution,” says Markem-Imaje chief executive officer Vincent Vanderpoel. “This combination will allow us to capitalize on our major customer references, helping them minimize rework due to missing or unreadable text and barcodes, reducing waste from using incorrect data in printed messages, and avoiding scrapped product due to incorrect packaging materials being used on the production line.”
Cognex Corporation chief executive officer Robert Willett adds: “Together with Markem-Imaje, we are building new capabilities to improve new global standards for printing product quality, eliminating production errors, lowering manufacturing costs, and exceeding consumer expectations for high quality products.”
Manufacturers can expect to see the first of a new generation of Mark & Read solutions by the end of 2018, with a range of additional improvements available in 2019.
Markem-Imaje, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US-based Dover Corporation is a trusted world manufacturer of product identification and traceability solutions, offering a full line of reliable and innovative inkjet, thermal transfer, laser, and print and apply label systems. Markem-Imaje provides global reach to over 50,000 customers with 30 subsidiaries, six technology centers, several equipment repair centers and manufacturing plants with the most comprehensive marking and coding portfolio available in the marketplace. Visit www.markem-imaje.com for further information.
Cognex designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a range of products that incorporate sophisticated machine vision technology that gives them the ability to “see.” Cognex products include barcode readers, machine vision sensors, and machine vision systems that are used in factories, warehouses, and distribution centers around the world to guide, gauge, inspect, identify, and assure the quality of items during the manufacturing and distribution process. Cognex is the world’s leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than one million vision-based products, representing over US$4 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company’s founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex has regional offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For details visit Cognex at www.cognex.com.