The RESCO Electronics Blog

A Primer on Barcode Symbologies

Posted by Charles Fisher on Feb 9, 2017 9:15:27 AM

When you are beginning the process of engineering a data collection platform, one of the most important steps is to utilize the barcode symbologies that best fit your requirements.  Here are some items for your team to consider when determining which symbologies to use:

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Topics: 2D Barcode and Vision System Technology, 1D Barcode Technology, Auto ID Product Design, Auto ID Design

The Future of Sourcing from Mexico...Perhaps Not So Bleak

Posted by David Copenhaver on Jan 18, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Ever since Donald Trump’s unexpected win last November I have been inundated with questions about the future of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and Mexico as a manufacturing supply source for the United States.  There is no doubt that the rhetoric used during the campaign and reiterated since the election is decidedly anti-NAFTA.  Trump has left no question about his feeling on NAFTA; famously stating that it was “the worst trade deal in history”.  All this being said, I think it premature to pen NAFTA’s obituary.

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Topics: Manufacturing in Mexico

Why Selecting an ISO/IPC Supplier is Important

Posted by Erik Olson on Oct 12, 2016 9:28:00 AM

Selecting a supplier that’s right for your business is complicated. Though price matters, there’s more to it than just picking through quotes and price lists and sorting from lowest to highest. Skilled buyers know the importance of weighing all factors involved, including supplier quality and reliability. But, what specifically is measured, and how?

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Topics: Manufacturing Methods, Quality Control, Supplier Selection

Is the Eight Disciplines (8D) Model of Problem Solving Overrated?

Posted by Tim Wunder on Sep 22, 2016 9:29:00 AM

Corrective Actions are a necessary evil. Anyone with any semblance of a quality system has to process them. And there are many theories and recommendations for the best way to process them. Following the 8D process is one of them, and it’s fairly popular these days.

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Topics: Quality Control

What Scanning Technology is Best for My Application?

Posted by Charles Fisher & Colin Ruby on Jun 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A fundamental key to achieving optimal performance is choosing the right barcode reading technology when dealing with a data collection solution. Now, as more technologies are developed, the choices are more varied than ever. There has been much debate concerning

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Topics: 2D Barcode and Vision System Technology, 1D Barcode Technology, Auto ID Product Design, Auto ID Design

Mexican Manufacturing: Good for American Jobs

Posted by David Copenhaver on May 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Now that we are in the middle of a Presidential campaign the rhetoric is flying on a whole host of issues.  This election cycle the issues of trade, trade agreements, and American jobs have become some of the most hotly debated.   My intent in this blog is not to make a political statement but rather to offer a perspective regarding trade with Mexico that has been all but drowned out by the political fervor.   I want to share with you why I believe that our trade relationship with Mexico has actually helped preserve and perhaps even grow jobs in the US.  Although I will cite a few statistics and comments from experts below, my belief fundamentally comes from what we at RESCO see taking place at many of the US manufacturers that we support.

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Topics: Manufacturing in Mexico, Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Unlocking the Promise of Embedded Barcode Readers and Other Data Collection Tools: Part 2

Posted by Charles Fisher on Apr 13, 2016 11:30:00 AM

In part 1 of this blog posted last month we discussed what an embedded barcode reader does
 and how the type of data desired to collect will determine the type of scanner needed and what aspects of engineering must work harmoniously for successful implementation.  Now we will focus on the latest trends with embedded scanners and the consequences of a bad reader choice.

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Topics: 2D Barcode and Vision System Technology, 1D Barcode Technology, Auto ID Product Design, Auto ID Design

Unlocking the Promise of Embedded Barcode Readers and Other Data Collection Tools: Part 1

Posted by Charles Fisher on Mar 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

In this two part blog series we will discuss the promise of embedded barcode reader options,
considerations for successful implementation, and the latest trends with embedded scanners.  We will start off by talking about what an embedded barcode reader does and how the type of data needed to collect will determine the type of scanner needed and what aspects of engineering must work harmoniously for successful implementation. 

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Topics: 2D Barcode and Vision System Technology, 1D Barcode Technology, Auto ID Design

Time to Consider Kanban

Posted by David Copenhaver on Feb 10, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Of all the different inventory management systems in which we have had the opportunity to participate, kanban may be the most consistently effective; especially from the manufacturer’s point of view.  At RESCO we have supported vendor managed inventory, consigned inventory, bonded inventory, and a variety of dock-to-stock programs.  But consistently the kanban based systems have been the easiest to manage and the most consistently effective.

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection

Net Big Savings by Outsourcing Higher Level Assemblies

Posted by Charles Fisher on Jan 13, 2016 9:02:00 AM

In today’s competitive market, every company is looking for a cost advantage.  Sometimes that edge comes from working with your contract manufacturing partners to develop a lower cost design, other times it comes from finding off shore sources for sub-assemblies, or perhaps it comes from implementing cost saving inventory replenishment programs.   But what happens when these strategies are exhausted or just don’t generate the savings you need?  One often overlooked option is to work with contract manufacturing partners that can build higher level assemblies.  A few contract manufacturers like RESCO Electronics can take advantage of their lower cost structures, lower cost manufacturing facilities, and electro-mechanical expertise to lower your total costs by doing just that.

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Topics: Supply Chain and Procurement Strategies, Supplier Selection