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By Rich Handley

iSEEK Corp. Announces Compact Shape Code for Embedded Identification Apps

iSEEK Corp. has announced ShapeID, its new shape code condensed to fit within the small format of QR codes or embedded technologies such as radio frequency identification. According to the company, the code retains high precision to differentiate even minor differences in shape.

An RFID tag with ShapeID embedded, iSEEK reports, allows the processing system application to instantaneously perform a search for the identification of identical and highly similar service parts across different suppliers, different part numbers, multiple geographical locations, global time zones and various language differences.

ShapeID
ShapeID is extractable from all native computer-aided design (CAD) file formats, their derivatives (such as STL, JT and CGR formats) and standard formats (such as STEP and IGES). The new code was designed to extend QR code functionality for the manufacturing and service part sectors. ShapeID captures a part's three-dimensional geometry, including topology and dimensions. Scanning a QR code with ShapeID embedded triggers a shape search for identifying that part, while simultaneously identifying identical and similar designs despite the different part numbers.

iSEEK products encode the overall shape of parts and assemblies for classification, analysis and search in large and distributed databases. ShapeID is part of a suite of products offered by the corporation, including CADseek Polaris, CADseek Analytics sand CADseek Mobile.

CADseek Polaris encodes a CAD model (or point cloud from a laser scan) to search CAD databases for designs that are most similar to the target shape. CADseek Analytics is tailored to analyze product lines in big-data environments to identify unnecessary duplication and determine pockets for standardization. And CADseek Mobile enables a user to utilize a photograph of a part to search CAD databases for identical or similar products.

Juniper Systems Integrates UHF RFID With Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet

Juniper Systems has announced that integrated ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID capabilities are available for its Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet. Suitable for jobs requiring frequent identification of RFID tags, this optional upgrade aims to increase efficiency, reduce errors associated with data entry, and allow personnel to spend less time scanning and more time performing other functions, the company reports.

When added to the Mesa 2, this automatic-identification feature enables inventory tracking, asset management, manufacturing processing, inspections and other applications. The system is rugged and lightweight, features a fast processor and an extended battery life, and can capture RFID readings in any environment, according to Juniper Systems.

"With this product, we focused in on finding the ideal way to blend UHF RFID with our ultra-rugged Mesa 2 for those requiring frequent tag identification in all types of conditions," said Tom Francom, Juniper Systems' industrial market manager, in a prepared statement. The Mesa 2 with UHF RFID works on both Android and Windows 10 operating systems. Juniper Systems is now taking orders for the Mesa 2 with RFID read and write capabilities.

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