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29 Fall 2016 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News • There have been some recent exten- sions for devices packaged together and for combination products, but s i g n i f i c a n t n u m b e r s o f m e d i c a l devices must now comply with UDI requirements. 8 PoTEnTIaL UDI CoDE REaDabILITy ISSUES UDIs are typically marked as a bar code, a QR code, or a DataMatrix code. Reading 1-D and 2-D UDI codes and text can be challenging in real-world applications because of the wide range of surfaces on which the codes may be marked, variations in the size, shape, position and orientation of the code, the potential for degradation in printing and marking of the codes, and variations in ambient lighting. The task is even harder for medical devices that don't have much room for a code, such as scalpels or syringes. Laser etching onto metals is the typical approach, but it's not easy. The laser must be calibrated correctly, and the code must be marked clearly enough to be read. Following are 8 potential UDI code readability issues: 1. Low resolution. Many times parts or codes on one line can change in size, which means that a standard resolution bar code reader can read some codes, but not others. Look for readers that ofer subpixel processing and reading capabilities. 2. Missing perimeter features. Sometimes, codes are printed too close to an edge, causing the code to be missing key finder patterns. Look for readers that employ algorithms that can accommodate codes without a qui- et zone or clocking or finder pattern. 3. Specularity. Specular reflec- tion occurs often when codes are print- ed on glossy materials. These can be very hard for laser scanners because glare could occur through the laser line. Image-based readers just need a small sliver of the code in order to decode. To handle low-resolution codes, Cognex offers the 1DMax with Hotbars II algorithm that can read codes below 0.8ppm, subpixel processing reading capabilities. Shown here is a 1-D signal extracted from a 1.2 PPM bar code using Hotbars, showing no loss of features. Medical device manufacturers are encountering serious challenges in reading UDI codes . Visit us at Booth W-550 Liquid Unit Dose Packaging Made Simple 8 Kings Court · Flemington · New Jersey · 08822 Toll Free: 800.257.5282 | Phone: 609.466.3775 Fax: 609.466.3775 | FD-PHARMA ™ LIQUID UN IT DOSE packaging System Manufactured by medical packaging inc. To request information, contact: Small footprint, small price point, with professional FDA-compliant results for precise liquid dosing. Small Footprint The FD-Pharma™ is well suited for clinical trials, small production, to full production mode . . . all in one machine! Multiple Packaging Environments Cost of ownership is very low with the FD-Pharma™ due to very low maintenance costs for operating and maintaining the machine. Low Cost of Ownership MPI's FD-Pharma™ is the only liquid cup unit dose packaging machine available that is able to produce FDA-compliant packages, addressing initial product development to medium production volumes, at a low price point, producing high quality, professionally packaged unit dose cups rivaling those produced on much higher cost packaging equipment!

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