Pharmaceutical & Medical

Medical Device Inspection and Traceability

Inspection and ID solutions can optimize quality and drive down costs

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Makers of hospital supplies and medical technology products know that quality inspection is critical to success. Liability for defective product, inconsistent quality, rapidly changing costs, increased global competition and pending Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulations all challenge the profitability of medical device manufacturers.

Quality Control and Inspection

By inspecting parts entering a process and ejecting non-conforming products, vision systems can pre-qualify parts and improve overall line efficiency. Vision systems can also inspect, measure, and read linear codes and 2D (Data Matrix) codes as products are being handled or assembled.

  • Minimize downtime, labor, waste, and rejects
  • Prevent downstream product or package failures
  • Achieve greater throughput and superior quality control
  • Ensure compliance and provide recall efficiency with end-to-end traceability

Automate Production

You may also consider using machine vision in tandem with robotics when picking loose products off of a conveyor to feed a process or palletizing cases for distribution. Vision-guided robotics also eliminates the need to physically handle the products.

  • Eliminate costly precision part fixtures
  • Improve product safety by minimizing the risk of contamination due to human contact
  • Provide production flexibility without tooling changeover
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Full Range of Inspection and ID Solutions

Cognex offers the widest range of vision and ID products available from a single source to provide you with a solution for every application and budget.

Application Examples

  • Read 2D codes marked directly on parts (DPM), devices, and surgical instruments
  • Read barcodes and verify text on flexible products such as solution bags
  • Verify label data and match package to product
  • Verify products in kit packaging are in the correct location and orientation
  • Read 1D and 2D codes and text on packages
  • Detect errors on rolls of labels
  • Measure angiographs and medical tubing as it exits molding process
  • Detect and classify surface and texture defects on paper, fabric, metals, and nonwovens
  • Detect scratches or particles on the surface of medical patches
  • Gauge angle, diameter, and distance between marker bands on catheters or syringes
  • Inspect needle point quality, proper sleeve assembly, bevel location, and orientation
  • Verify component orientation and part alignment during assembly
  • Inspect weld and adhesive placement and quality

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