Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has announced In-Sight Track & Trace, an add-on software package for Cognex In-Sight vision systems that delivers a ready-to-deploy data capture and verification solution designed to help pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers achieve unit-level product traceability.
In-Sight Track & Trace combines Cognex code reading and verification software with a pre-configured job file and HMI interface that reduces setup time and makes it easy to exchange data with third party systems as needed for a full serialization solution.
“Track and trace solutions are becoming a high priority throughout the health care industry as a means of preventing counterfeit products from entering the supply chain, and for keeping authentic products from being diverted to unauthorized distribution channels and uses,” said Bhaskar Banerjee, business unit manager for vision systems.
“In-Sight Track & Trace provides the industry’s most reliable code reading and verification performance, and because it can be combined with a variety of third party products, users have the flexibility to customize and scale their serialization solutions to best suit their budgets and needs.”
In-Sight Track & Trace is GS1 and FDA 21 CFR Part 11-ready, and can be used with multiple networked In-Sight vision systems. The product reads 2D and 1D barcodes, including Data Matrix, GS1-128, GS1 DataBar and Pharmacode. It verifies correct ID code contents, including compliance with the GS1 Healthcare data standard. Also, Data Matrix codes are graded during production to detect changes in print quality. The system verifies the accuracy of printed text, and detects label misalignment and skew.
Technical controls needed for FDA 21 CFR Part 11 validation are also provided, including secure user authentication and automatic audit trail generation. In-Sight Track & Trace is easy to configure and operate using a simple touch screen interface. Developers can integrate the Track & Trace interface into a PC-based HMI or custom application using the included Cognex HMI Display Control for .NET. For a ready-to-deploy solution, In-Sight Track & Trace can also be controlled using the Cognex VisionView 700 Operator Interface panel or VisionView PC software.
Compact, all-in-one In-Sight vision systems are typically easier to integrate, maintain and validate for 21 CFR Part 11 compliance than PC-based vision systems, and are available in dozens of models to deliver the performance needed to meet the requirements of any application or packaging line, the company said.