Videojet offers lifetime traceability and code security
Canadian PackagingAutomation Food Safety Coding & Labeling 360° Arc Software 7810 Ultraviolet (UV) 2 watt Laser coder CO2 and Fiber Laser coder DuPont Tyvek medical device packaging Videojet Technologies Inc.
New 7810 Ultraviolet 2 watt laser provides high-speed, on-the-fly, permanent marking for lifetime product traceability.
Chicago—In response to manufacturers’ need to comply with increased serialization regulations, Videojet Technologies Inc., a global leader in coding, marking and printing solutions, has introduced the 7810 Ultraviolet (UV) 2 watt Laser, in addition to its existing CO2 and Fiber Laser offering.
Laser technology is the only technology that provides permanent high resolution marking on high-density- (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and synthetic fiber materials, and this system is ideal for pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic manufacturers as the surface of the product remains undamaged.
The code is resistant to abrasives, chemicals and sterilization processes.
Specifically engineered to allow high-speed, on-the-fly marking at up to 250 products per minute (PPM), the Videojet 7810 UV Laser’s proprietary 360° Arc Software compensates for products on curved lines of movement to help ensure consistent, high-quality coding time after time, irrespective of the orientation of the product.
Medical device products utilizing synthetic fiber materials such as DuPont Tyvek for sealing blister packs, are ideal for marking with the Videojet 7810 UV Laser. UV laser properties ensure that the light amplification does not burn the fabric, therefore ensuring that there is little risk of code deterioration during the sterilization process. Whereas ink based technology may reduce the quality of the code and not ensure permanency.
Medical device manufacturers can ill-afford such inconsistency, especially as they are required to adhere to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulations concerning its Unique Device Identification (UDI) System. The regulations will, among other things, require all medical devices to carry a barcode, such as a 2D DataMatrix code, that must contain a lot number and expiry date.
UDI compliance for Class III devices is required as soon as September 24, 2014, with regulations for other devices taking effect on a rolling scale until full implementation by September 24, 2020.
According to Videojet Technologies laser business manager Sascha Benke, “Videojet is the only global UV Laser supplier providing permanent, high-grade readable codes regardless of product positioning for manufacturers to consistently meet the quality requirements for optimal vision system readability, a critical element of the pharmaceutical packaging line. The pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic industries can now feel confident about their coding integrity as the Videojet 7810 UV Laser deters tampering and counterfeiting to help ensure lifetime brand protection and traceability.”
The Videojet 7810 UV Laser features curve product movement compensation software, known as 360° Arc.
The software acts to counterbalance the orientation of products on curved lines of movement, common with rotary systems, ensuring consistent, high-quality coding. As the packaging moves down the production line, multiple concave mirrors deviate the UV beam to ensure that every part of the package, if need be, can be clearly coded, safeguarding that at any moment of the supply chain, the product can be fully traced.
The Videojet 7810’s 360° Arc Compensation Software ensures that 2D and alphanumeric codes are consistently crisp, high resolution and non-distorted by natural movement during the production process.
Unlike with other laser systems, which use different wavelengths, there is no need for additives to be included into the original plastic material for the laser to react accordingly and create the appropriate contrast mark. This allows the customer to integrate the UV Laser into their systems, without the need to change any existing process or to undertake a long and costly revalidation process in order to benefit from a better, more effective coding solution.
This pioneering advancement in the pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetics industries will improve manufacturing throughput as the Videojet 7810 can quickly mark each bottle with a high contrast, permanent code.
Adds Benke: “Until now, there has been no complete solution on the market fulfilling the technical integration requirements of manufacturers’ packaging lines. The Videojet 7810 UV Laser achieves high resolution, clear contrast and permanent color change by photo-chemically altering the packaging’s surface using only 2W of heat, avoiding damage or alteration to the surface of the packaging.”
For more information on the new Videojet 7810 Ultraviolet 2Watt Laser, visit www.videojet.co.uk.
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