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Vision solution meets new counterfeiting directive requriements

25 September 2016

A Bosch serialsation solution utilises a high-speed ID reader from Cognex to meet the new counterfeit-proof medicines requirements. 

A new European counterfeiting directive is coming into force very soon prohibiting the sale of prescription medicines without clear labelling. The new rules require manufacturers and distributors of medicines to use end-to-end track & trace solutions to ensure traceability along the entire supply chain. Cognex is offering a high-performance ID reader which comply with the regulations. 

The In-Sight 5613 vision system is installed inside an inspection and identification module from system integrators AIT Goehner, which in turn is integrated into a track & trace solution from Bosch Packaging Technology. 

The transitional period for Directive 2011/62/EU ends in early 2019. In addition to implementing this directive, manufacturers of pharmaceuticals are obliged to establish a global strategy for the end-to-end assignment of serial numbers, to adapt their packaging processes and implement new procedures for the management and storage of the serial numbers in time for this changeover. It is apparent that flexibility plays a key role in the realisation of suitable solutions, as many manufacturers supply their products to countries with different labeling rules. Consequently, besides the modularity of the machine concept, it is also essential to ensure the flexibility of the ID reader deployed.

“Various projects, such as in Saudi Arabia for example, have shown that Cognex cameras contribute substantial added value thanks to their flexibility,” said Daniel Sanwald, product manager for Track & Trace at Bosch Packaging Technology. “We rely only on absolutely dependable high-end components and, in doing so, offer greater reserve capacities and robustness.”

The Cognex In-Sight 5613 vision system is designed for fast applications – coupled with very high resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200 pixels. This ensures that it is capable of reading and verifying all standard code and fonts reliably and quickly, such as 1-D codes, 2-D data matrix codes and characters. Thanks to Cognex’s algorithms, fast-moving, off-center codes do not pose a problem for the In-Sight 5613. 

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