Microscan Introduces New Traceability and Inspection Solutions for Life Sciences.

    RENTON, Wash., Jan. 26 /CNW/ -- Microscan, the technology leader for
automatic identification in Life Sciences, today announces new products during
the Lab Automation conference in Palm Springs, CA.  The new solutions are
based on machine vision, illumination, and auto ID technologies.
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    "As the inventor of the laser diode barcode scanner, Microscan was the
first company to bring life sciences customers automatic identification and
barcode tracking for applications such as lab automation, clinical chemistry,
in vitro-diagnostics, and bio-sciences," explains Andy Zosel, Microscan's
Director of Product Management.  "Microscan expanded our technology portfolio
in 2D imaging and machine vision inspection."
    One of Microscan's new life sciences solutions is the MS-96 Vial Reader,
which is a complete traceability solution designed specifically for Lab
Automation environments to capture and analyze 96 Data Matrix codes in a
single read.   The MS-96 Vial Reader provides quick and reliable audit
tracking for arrays of solutions and compounds, which can enable efficiency
and greater test throughput.  Powering the MS-96 Vial Reader is Microscan's
new Visionscape(R) machine vision software.  The MS-96 user interface displays
images of all 96 vials and indicates read and no read status. After the
symbols are read, the data can be exported to a database or stored for further
analysis by a spreadsheet package.
    "Machine vision inspection is a powerful tool that can benefit life
sciences companies by enabling more areas where efficiencies, cost reduction,
or quality improvements can be gained by automating precise inspection,
measurement, or gauging tasks," continues Zosel.
    In addition to introducing the MS-96 Vial Reader and Visionscape(R)
machine vision software, a member of the Microscan Team is teaching the all
day course "Introduction to Bar Code Technology" as part of the Association
for Lab Automation's (ALA) short course program.
    About Microscan
    Microscan is a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition
and control solutions serving a wide range of automation and OEM applications.
Founded in 1982, Microscan has a strong history of technology innovation which
includes the invention of the first laser diode barcode scanner and the 2D
symbology, Data Matrix.  Today, Microscan remains a technology leader in
automatic identification and machine vision with extensive solutions for ID
tracking, traceability and inspection ranging from basic barcode reading up to
complex machine vision inspection, gauging, and measurement.


For further information:

For further information: Laura Hoffman of Microscan, +1-425-226-5700,
lhoffman@microscan.com Web Site: http://www.microscan.com

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