DPM Capabilities and Solutions

Although implementing a DPM solution has been complex in the past, new developments are making this technology more functional.  The latest Direct Part Mark (DPM) solutions are offering a new level of performance and flexibility to businesses.  Today I’d like to take a look at some of the new DPM solutions and how they can improve your business.

Variable Focus– Mobile DPM readers are capable of switching between near and far focal distances.  Fixed DPM systems of the past were only capable of reading codes presented at the same distance every time.  This made DPM systems more costly and required multiple fixed readers for different sized marks.  This new variable focus capability allows multiple sized marks to be read at varying distances with only one reader.

Flexible Data Capture– Today’s DPM solutions have the flexibility to capture multiple data types in addition to DPM.  In fact, many DPM solutions are capable of reading DPM, 1D barcodes, 2D barcodes and RFID tags.  For example, the Honeywell 6300 Series DPM Imager pictured at left is capable of reading 1D, 2D and DPM codes.

Omni-Directional Functionality– Unlike the solutions of the past that required marks to be perfectly aligned with readers to get an accurate read, today’s high-performance DPM solutions allow marks to be presented at any angle.  This new flexibility can save your business valuable time that improves productivity and throughput.

Reliable Reads– Complex DPM systems of the past required illumination schemes to help accurately read marks and ‘noisy’ (scratched or damaged) marks were still difficult to read.  The advanced processing in today’s DPM solutions can accurately capture data even when a mark is damaged and miniature diffusers eliminate the need for complex illumination schemes.

As you can see, this once complex technology is becoming more flexible and functional with every innovation.  For more information about DPM solutions, please contact me at ehodges@barcode.com.