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Vaccine Barcode Verification

Track of barcode quality in real time with fully automated barcode verification

Barcode verifier grading codes on vaccine vials

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Given the significance of barcodes in tracking and serialization, their quality must be monitored to ensure readability across the entire supply chain, under a wide range of viewing conditions, with a variety of barcode readers. To guarantee readability and be compliant with UDI labeling guidelines, barcodes must be tested and graded in a process separate from scanning and reading.

Verification is a regulated grading process that follows the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards to assess the print and marking quality of a barcode. A barcode verifier is the only device that can assign an objective quality grade to a code and generate an official quality report. Using the corresponding ISO standard determined by the symbology type and marking process, a series of quality parameters are used to determine a barcode’s overall quality grade.

Barcode grading has traditionally been done offline by taking sample packages to a lab environment with specific lighting and camera setup, to manually perform a series of quality tests. This slows down production and can miss a slow degradation of a printer.

DataMan inline barcode verifiers with integrated lighting deliver automated high-speed verification and quality reporting directly on the line to prevent product waste and chargebacks. Immediate feedback and visual diagnostic information allow operators to identify and correct printing and process control issues as they happen. Any indication of potential print problems can trigger maintenance, repair, or replacement, long before code print quality drops low enough to require line stoppage or rework.

If offline grading is more ideal for your application, DataMan handheld barcode verifiers offer similar capabilities in a rugged, mobile format. Both products generate detailed reports for traceability, compliance, and preventive maintenance.

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