SOUTHFIELD, MI – Bar coding is “a joke,” says John Hill, founder of the Automatic Identification Manufacturers Trade Assn. and an advocate of voice data entry as a means of inventory control. Bar code technology is underutilized in North American commerce Introduced in the 1970s, bar codes were expected to revolutionize material handling. Today, the technology’s penetration is less than 60%, Hill tells a Syncata Corp.-sponsored seminar on lean processes. The auto industry ...

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