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Date: June 21, 2021 | Category: Company | Author: Kayla Caticchio


For companies in regulated industries, strict labeling and packaging requirements must be adhered to at all times. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in many issues like market delays, complaints, and even recalls.

Despite entire quality control departments dedicated to proofreading labels and packaging components, there are many factors that can contribute to letting an error slip by unnoticed. Manual proofreading can be slow, inefficient, and prone to human error, especially when there are multiple product lines and hundreds of SKUs to manage. Automated quality control software, like GlobalVision, helps businesses stop critical errors while eliminating the inefficiencies that come with manual proofreading, so they can get products to market faster without compromising quality. Read more

Date: December 1, 2020 | Category: Company | Author: Kayla Caticchio


Improved Performance and Enhanced Stability with GlobalVision Desktop 5.8.2

GlobalVision’s latest validated release boasts several exciting features to improve performance and increase stability for desktop users. Desktop version 5.8.2 addresses several bug fixes while providing users with new features to create the most seamless inspection process yet. Notable features in this release include new language preferences for users, UI and Text Grouping features, and a new Installer Update. Read more

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Date: April 21, 2020 | Category: Company | Author: Kayla Caticchio


A special note from Reuben Malz, Founder and CEO of GlobalVision

Not everything is broken

It’s during times like these that we must look at our situation from all perspectives.

Just because everything looks dark, doesn’t mean that there is an absence of light.

Yes, many things we took for granted in our personal and working lives have come to an abrupt halt. Even our freedoms have been reduced.

However, not everything is broken. 

The supply of energy like gas for your car and electricity for your home has never been interrupted. The internet, cloud, and Netflix are working, but maybe a little slower. Cell phones. Facetime, Facebook, and Twitter still work. The food supply chain is intact. Farmers are working, greenhouses are growing vegetables, and soon seeds for the fields will be planted. In short order, all the store shelves will be replenished after the buying frenzy abates. The sun still rises and sets every day. 

Not everything is broken, but change is occurring at lightspeed. We have no choice but to give in and adapt to it. The office, the plant, the conference room, trade shows, and meetings have become uprooted and relocated – to your house. 

Services and products still need to be delivered as consumption continues. The way it’s done has just gone remote.

We must be grateful that technology is sufficiently advanced for us to jump tracks. These technologies are what allows us to work from home and ensure that services and products are being delivered.

I remember a time when the internet was born and many companies didn’t trust it with their corporate assets. Everything remained in hardcopy form for many years. It was believed that anything on the world wide web was visible to the world. We think back and laugh. It seems so silly now.

Now, we’re moving to the cloud and working remotely for the first time. We’re still in the early days, but working, schooling, and entertainment is on a rapid evolutionary track. Yes, it was happening anyway, but the world has been forever changed. 

When we arise from this chaos, everything will have changed. But not everything will be broken.

Welcome to the cloud, earthlings!

Reuben Malz

April 2020

 


Remote work tips from our kitchen table to yours

There’s something comforting about Reuben’s message in a time when the world is noisier than ever. His message reminds us to cut through the noise and focus on the potential for growth and evolution in the midst of a worldwide standstill. Though it may not seem like it, these unprecedented times have created an opportunity to use social isolation to our advantage. Beyond Netflix-binging and the endless DIY projects we’ve been putting off, this time can be utilized by stepping back and benefiting from more focused work.

The team here at GlobalVision has put together 5 of our best tips to help stay productive and make the most out of remote work.

1. Use this time to evaluate your current strategy

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From product planning to long-term strategy building, being away from the hustle and bustle of the office can create a quiet environment to focus on your team and company growth. With the world changing the way it does business across all industries, now is the perfect time to start planning how you’re going to implement the changes you’ve been thinking about. Maybe it’s dreaming up a new product feature, or implementing a quality control software, using this pause in time to plan for the future is never a bad idea.



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2. Use technology to stay connected

At GlobalVision, we pride ourselves on being collaborative in many ways. Every product, new feature, and piece of content we put out into the world has touched multiple departments within our walls. And it’s no different when it comes to our digital walls. We’re lucky to be in an age where technology is so available to help us with our daily tasks. There are tons of great softwares out there to help facilitate communication between team members and departments. Our favorites include Slack, ZOOM, and Google Hangouts (especially for those after-work virtual cocktail hours). We also suggest a collaborative database like Airtable to help keep track of projects and eliminate any blockers in the workflow. These platforms provide project visibility and make it easier to collaborate with others. Bonus – they’re also great for sharing memes and pictures of your pets.

3. Continue with (or introduce) team meetings

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Team meetings (virtual of course) are a great way to highlight key areas of focus for the week ahead. The frequency of these meetings depends on your team’s unique needs, but the majority of us at GlobalVision find that having a check-in every week or every few days helps everyone stay on track. Team meetings also allow each member to pinpoint personal goals while keeping track of how everyone is progressing with their projects. They’re a great way to give feedback and boost morale by encouraging others. If standup meetings aren’t something you’re used to, remote work might be a great time to test them out! 



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4. Stick to a routine

Creating a ‘work-from-home’ routine is a key factor in ensuring productivity while away from the office. Since the morning commute now consists of moving from the bed to the kitchen table, there’s no more sitting in traffic each morning mentally preparing yourself for the day ahead. We find that diving into your to-do list early in the morning helps the mind wake up and puts us into a work-based mindset. By structuring your day down to the last task, you’re fully committing yourself to your projects while minimizing distractions. Be sure to schedule some break time as well.

5. Take regular breaks

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Our final tip is to take regular breaks that allow you to reset and refocus your mind. Have lunch and coffee breaks away from your computer, and schedule some time to call or video chat a friend. Give your colleagues clear indications of when you are and aren’t available to answer messages and emails (and be sure to respect their availability as well). There’s nothing wrong with snoozing message notifications for a while if you need some time to recharge. Finally, we suggest letting others know your preferred method of communication, whether it be instant messaging, email or phone calls. This helps avoid the frustration of not having messages replied to in a timely manner.

We hope these tips have given you some inspiration on making the best out of this remote work situation. We encourage you to not lose sight of accountability and motivation even when times are tough. The human ability to adapt to new situations is incredibly important in times of crisis. Use this time to lock in a vision and direction for your team and company, and make sure you use all the tools at your disposal to communicate these goals thoroughly.

During this time, GlobalVision is committed to helping our customers account for the surge in remote work. For more information regarding our 60-day free license offer, contact us here.

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A new era of barcodes is here. With big-name retailers and consumer goods companies replacing traditional barcodes with Digimarc ones, printers are facing more challenges than ever when it comes to verifying these modern codes. 

GlobalVision’s latest integration, Digimarc Verify, gives users the ability to verify and grade all Digimarc barcodes with or without the use of a scanner, speeding up and simplifying the quality control process. 

Read Now: Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision Press Release

What is a Digimarc Barcode?

A Digimarc Barcode is an advanced barcode that can be applied to any print or packaging material. It links interactive content, like product information, when scanned with an enabled scanner or mobile device. Known as the ‘Invisible Barcode’, Digimarc codes on labels and packaging contain the same information as a UPC barcode but generally can’t be detected by the human eye.

These new types of barcodes offer several benefits over traditional ones. Many retailers are making the switch because they’re faster, secure, more reliable, and more versatile than traditional barcodes. They also occupy no space on a product’s packaging, giving the company more space to work with when it comes to artwork and branding. Retailers appreciate the fact that Digimarc Barcodes speed up the checkout process as people can scan their product without having to locate a barcode on the packaging.

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The importance of barcode inspections

Although barcodes have significantly evolved since their introduction in the 1970s, the importance of ensuring barcode functionality has never been lost. First and foremost, barcodes must be checked to ensure that they’re present and scannable. Next, the barcode on a printed packaging material has to match the product inside. Finally, printers must give their clients the assurance that their products will scan at the store. If a barcode doesn’t scan, both the retailer and brand run the risk of losing money. 

For prepress operators and printers, the main challenge with checking Digimarc codes is that they can’t be located just by looking at the packaging. This makes it difficult for any traditional barcode reader to verify the functionality of the barcode.  

With Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision, prepress operators and printers now have an easy and efficient way to validate that packaging containing Digimarc Barcodes is ready to hit the shelves. This integration gives them the ability to automatically confirm that the Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) in Digimarc Barcodes matches the GTIN in the UPC or EAN barcode. Overall, Digimarc Verify is designed to speed up and simplify the quality control process for those in charge of proofreading barcodes.

“The integration of Digimarc’s quality assurance tools directly in our platform will help our customers speed up their production process by streamlining all barcode checks,” says Reuben Malz, Founder and CEO, GlobalVision.

This integration is critical as any errors that occur when printing Digimarc Barcodes can now be caught early on to save money and time for prepress customers.

“Integrating Digimarc Verify into GlobalVision will help operators save time and also ensure the quality of their clients’ packaging, while also enabling further industry adoption of Digimarc Barcode,” says Bruce Davis, CEO, Digimarc.

Running a Digimarc Inspection

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To run a Digimarc inspection in GlobalVision’s Barcode Inspection mode, users start by loading their electronic prepress files or printed samples into the software and selecting the Digimarc Inspection mode. The software will then run an inspection to determine if a Digimarc Barcode is indeed present and to ensure that the enhanced separation values are matching or similar. Once completed, a comprehensive inspection report will be generated that contains the results of both the Digimarc and linear barcode inspection (if present). Users can then save the report and share with the customer for approval, allowing them to sign off faster and with confidence.

Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision comes as an additional tool for the Barcode Inspection mode. For more information regarding this add-on, download the brochure here.

Watch Now: How to Verify Digimarc Barcodes with GlobalVision Webinar

 

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Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming this year:

Text Inspection for GlobalVision desktop is deep in development with major updates and improvements set to come in Q2. We’re also working on developing the next-generation web application. This completely redesigned product will be launching later this year.

Also, keep an eye out for new resource pages as we update our Help Center, Video Library, and blog.

For more information on any upcoming releases, or to upgrade to the latest version of your product, contact us here.

 

Events

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Registration is now open for the GlobalVision Summit 2020 in Montreal, QC!

The complimentary event will take place from Tuesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 28, 2020, and will feature panel sessions and workshops designed to help GlobalVision users master their systems while networking with quality control professionals from around the world.


Upcoming Trade Shows: 

Pharmapack Europe 2020
February 5-6 2020 in Paris, France

Join us in Paris to discover the latest innovations in pharmaceutical packaging and labeling. Be sure to stop by booth #K64 to say hello!

Pharma Packaging and Labeling East Coast 2020
February 19-20 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Join pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechs experts in Philadelphia to discuss new trends in packaging and labeling.


Featured Content: 

Tiskarna Novo mesto Customer Success Story

Photos of pharmaceutical buildings, researchers, products and team working on inspection

In the latest customer success story, we take a look at how the leading graphics and print company in Slovenia uses GlobalVision to produce error-free folding boxes and leaflets.

Read their story ►


Webinar Recording:

How to Verify Digimarc Barcodes with GlobalVision

With big-name companies replacing traditional barcodes with Digimarc ones, printers are now facing more challenges than ever when it comes to verifying Digimarc Barcodes. Learn more about Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision in our latest webinar.


Industry Buzz:

What we’re talking about this month

GlobalVision Blog: How Validation Leads to Data Consistency and Integrity

Consistency is a trademark of both validation and data integrity. Without validation and consistency, data integrity can be threatened. Check out this blog post from GlobalVision for tips on ensuring data security.

Read the blog post ►

 

Labels and Labeling Magazine: Label and package printing industry predictions for 2020

Leading industry experts look at the key challenges and talking points likely to dominate the label and package printing industry in 2020.

Continue reading ►

 

GlobalVision 5.7 with graphic, barcode, braille inspection

 

The latest release from GlobalVision comes with exciting new features to enhance performance for desktop users. Developed with customer feedback in mind, version 5.7 boasts stability, speed, and accuracy with an overall improvement in the ease of use of the software. Notable new features include new measurement tools, the ability to measure braille dot height, and the integration of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for Spelling Inspection. Version 5.7 also comes with major improvements to enhance both Text and Color Inspection.

Read more

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The new GlobalVision Web Version 3.5 gives GlobalVision users what they’ve been asking for, delivering several new highly requested features. In addition to custom Graphics Inspection profiles and an option to filter Text Inspection differences, several enhancements have been added for improved usability.

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The latest release from GlobalVision gives desktop users the ability to run faster and more accurate inspections with enhanced Text & Spelling Inspection features. Along with optimized processing speeds and improved usability, Version 5.5 introduces a new add-on tool for the inspection of tobacco packaging.

Top New Features:

Increased Processing Speeds

The newest version features a standalone Spelling mode thread by processing spelling inspections in the GlobalVision executable rather than the Text inspection executable. This update optimizes processing speeds by up to 4x, allowing users to complete revision cycles in a shorter time frame. In addition, users now have the option to preload files for Text Inspection.

GlobalVision users have the option to preload files for Text Inspection

Less Pixelation when Zooming In

GlobalVision 5.5 also comes with improvements to the clarity of text displayed during Text and Spelling inspections. The area of a file to which users zoom in is now rasterized at a higher resolution, reducing the pixelation of the image in the Master/Sample panel.

Text Inspection Software Allows 800% Zoom with High Resolution to See Details

Updated Difference List for Text & Spelling

Pop-up menus now help users navigate differences by clearly displaying levels and comments during inspections. The handling of Spelling dictionaries has also been addressed to improve the accuracy of punctuation errors detected during Text Inspection.

GlobalVision Text and Spelling Inspection Found Differences between Master and Sample

Health Warning Inspection Tool for Tobacco Packaging

With health-information and warning requirements becoming more and more regulated, tobacco companies are taking greater steps to ensure they meet high industry standards when it comes to packaging. Released with version 5.5, the latest innovation from GlobalVision was developed to facilitate the inspection of health warnings and artwork on tobacco labels and cartons.

GlobalVision Text and Spelling Inspection found 6 repeats in the file

The Compulsory Packaging Information (CPI) Extractor comes as an add-on to GlobalVision’s flagship Print Inspection system. Designed for use at each stage in the production process, it automatically compares cartons or press sheets to approved files to flag differences and ensures compliance with industry standards before going to print. This allows tobacco manufacturers to get their products to market faster by double-verifying health warnings and artwork in one complete inspection cycle.

 

 

Additional Features:

  • Generate comprehensive inspection reports to record and review all detected differences.
  • Stay on top of compliance standards by keeping track of each inspection with e-signatures for enhanced security.
  • Get color-coded grades of 1D and 2D barcodes in seconds without the need for a scanner with Barcode Inspection mode.

GlobalVision 5.5 is now available. To upgrade, contact sales.


Additional updates by GV: GlobalVision Desktop 5.7

GlobalVision Desktop 5.4

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Many within the quality-control community should be excited about the latest GlobalVision 5.4 release for desktop. None more so than system administrators, whose lives get a lot easier with a brand new access level to assign to users. Read more

File comparison using GlobalVision softwares

The just-released GlobalVision Desktop 5.3 and GlobalVision Web 3.3 each bring exciting, new features to the forefront. The end result, for both deployment options, is greater overall ease of use, though.

Top new GlobalVision Desktop features include:

  • Text Inspection tweaks to insertions/ deletions, which are now easier to locate, along with the new ability to search for text when creating zones and resynching differences.
  • New user-friendly keyboard shortcuts listed in a readily accessible in-app guide.

Top new GlobalVision Web features include:

  • A face-lifted Graphics Inspection Mode, complete with adjustable Flash, Master, and Sample panels.
  • Mozilla Firefox support.

Improved Insertion and Deletion Detection

GlobalVision Desktop users can now make use of a new search function. As text is being selected to create a “zone,” possible matches in the opposite panel now pop up. Much the same mechanic lets users match text when resynching differences after the inspection has been run.

Also following inspections: Detected insertions and deletions get highlighted in red in only the corresponding panel, letting users easily determine the difference’s exact location.

GlobalVision Text Inspection Comparing two documents

The Wait for the (Bigger) Flash Is Over

GlobalVision Web users running graphics inspections can now make the Flash panel as big as they want. The panel, which flashes between the Master and Sample in rapid succession to highlight differences, can be resized or popped out as a separate browser window. Meanwhile, the Master and Sample panels can be toggled off altogether, allowing for a fully customizable inspection view.

GlobalVision software generating graphics report

More of Color Inspection Mode

Color Inspection Mode, which innovatively confirms the accuracy of Pantone, LAB, CMYK, and RGB values at select points, has also been updated. A streamlined, new look to the user interface now accompanies an additional inspection “action.” Point to Point inspections can now be run, where, instead of having GlobalVision Desktop automatically compare the same point on the Sample to the one on the Master, users specifically pick points on each file to compare to each other.

GlobalVision Color Inspection Tool

Other Updates:

  • Sleeker designs coupled with general user-interface improvements.
  • U.S. Postal Service 4-State barcode support in GlobalVision Desktop Barcode Inspection.
  • Available French, German, and Spanish translations of GlobalVision Desktop itself.
  • Simpler processes to regain access to locked-out accounts in both versions.

Before, locked-out GlobalVision Desktop and Web users had to contact administrators to log back in. Now, they can re-activate their accounts on their own through an email notification (Web) or by simply waiting until their system’s pre-determined lock-out period ends to try logging in again (Desktop). The forgotten-password retrieval system has also been revamped in GlobalVision Desktop, which emails a temporary password to users upon request. Hassle-free.

Ultimately, it’s one of many additional features designed to simplify the lives of GlobalVision users. For a complete list, read the release notes for GlobalVision Desktop 5.3 and GlobalVision Web 3.3.

Register for our webinar on either GlobalVision Web (December 4 at 11 am EST) or GlobalVision Desktop (December 13 at 11 am EST) for in-depth demonstrations of our software, including the above new features.