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For 18 years every night, Troy, Michigan-based Ancor had been printing all of Ford Motor Company's vehicle window label packages, matching Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) and then hand stuffing and overnighting them to 19 plants nationwide. The run on Patti's machine also had to coordinate with the external printer. A visual basic application controls the sequence of feed, scan, and verify. The server fires all the bar code scans, compares that to the numbers in the database and matches and interfaces with the PLC that actually controls the machine - it's like a hand shaking between the server and PLC. It's tried and true technology being used in a new, innovative way.
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