AUGUST 5--Cognex Corp. (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com) has added the ability to read and verify RSS (Reduced Space Symbology) codes on pharmaceutical packages for product identification and traceability to its line of In-Sight vision sensors. RSS codes are space-efficient, linear bar codes that are used to mark small "unit-of-use" products that cannot be marked with UPC or standard bar codes, such as individual medicine doses and blister-packed tablets.
In-Sight vision sensors are on-line inspection devices that are used in a variety of pharmaceutical applications, including optical character verification, 2-D code reading, blister pack inspection, and label and safety seal inspection. Each sensor provides Cognex vision software tools, a vision spreadsheet interface for application set-up, and built-in Ethernet communications.
To facilitate compliance with US Food and Drug Administration's 21 CFR Part 11 regulations, Cognex has published detailed application guidelines that provide recommendations for developing 21 CFR Part 11-compliant automation projects that incorporate machine-vision technology.