Scanning & Traceability
Most of our customers need traceability and the ability to integrate quality seamlessly into their processes. In some cases, traceability takes on other dimensions beyond a single barcode read, and quality is more than a single inspection. We know how to build a resilient system so that a product appearing downstream is known beyond any doubt to be correct because of both quality checks and scans of a barcode. It creates a culture where the label on the box implies the contents are correct because they are.
Artemis Vision's Rapid Pallet Tracker has helped customers keep track of millions of pallets worldwide and has proven indispensable for gaining supply chain trust and growing business without increased labor or warehouse space. Each automatically recorded scan includes timestamped photo documentation.
Pharmaceutical Solutions | Unit Level Traceability
Pharmaceutical companies require the accurate scanning and tracking of product they ship to pharmacies and end customers. In this case, traceability is more than just scanning a barcode at a single location. It is achieving a goal of system redundancy, so no single failure brings down the entire system. This traceability means they can easily be alerted to any deviations, so everything ends up in the correct place, every time, automatically.
Artemis Vision has developed unique systems for situations such as instantaneously scanning trays of datamatrices with modules as small as 4µm and scanning on highly reflective material. These systems help decipher highly variable inbound quality of products with realtime feedback while also creating a photo record that proves outgoing quality.
In building scanning systems for industries such as defense, each step in the process must contain error-proofing. Multiple systems ensure there is no way to inject a false product or allow poor quality to pass through. In these systems, later stages of the process check prior stages.
Tote Empty Detection System
Machine vision detects objects or missing objects in containers like tote tubs, automatically preventing incorrect shipments.
This automated inspection system combines an industrial camera, lighting, photoeyes, and a PC, and is easily integrated into existing production lines. As tote tubs move along a conveyor, operators receive constant 3D scanning results of any objects detected in them. Noncomforming containers can be pulled from the line without any downtime, and all image and inspection results are recorded for future recall and analysis.
This robust and innovative system easily detects products by color or depth and can provide inspection results for objects placed in the containers in various locations, tricky orientations, and even varying colors. Customizable features allow the system to accommodate smaller or larger containers, and inspect a larger surface area if required, while still providing the best results.
A CHALLENGE RESOLVED
We developed this vision system for a customer operating a large mail-order pharmacy. In their inspection routine, they were experiencing costly false negatives and time-consuming manual processing. They needed to detect stray objects and label fragments in totes to eliminate mixed orders.
Customer complaints and industry standards are important reasons to verify shipments with the right products, but healthcare companies can face additional hurdles when shipping an incorrect order. Shipping an incorrect order wastes valuable product, and causes the company to have to scramble and pay for expedited shipping to replace the product for the customer that was shorted. For pharmaceutical companies, it can also mean hefty fines for HIPAA violations of $25,000 or more if information from one patient reaches another.
As the mail-order pharmacy industry grows and continues to provide convenient services to its patients, there is a more prominent need for automated processes when handling, packaging and distributing medication. The innovative technology of a machine vision system can help mail-order fulfillment centers guarantee product integrity, safety, and ensure that requirements are met efficiently.
Artemis Vision has taken steps to keep up with the evolving industry by developing a technology that confirms the absence of products in totes after filling orders, prior to shipping out to customers. The inspection process not only helps save money but helps to improve quality assurance and reduce customer complaints.
Track inspections and confirm and diagnose issues from anywhere for track-and-trace compliance, quality assurance, and process transparency.
HOW IT WORKS
visionWrangler combines industrial cameras and optics from industry leaders in tandem with image processing software to provide 100% product inspection, tracking, and reporting for stand-alone production systems, or as part of a global network.
With visionWrangler, you can capture and store every serialized part in a database with a unique identifier, along with production data and images from the inspections. Authorized personnel anywhere around the globe can now search records locally and remotely. The records make it easy to store and share production data with upstream suppliers or downstream distributors and customers. Alerts – which are named, time-stamped, and stored in the database – can be configured for text messages and emails, so that you know of any problems immediately.
A CHALLENGE RESOLVED
Efficient manufacturing demands high uptime. You can’t let machinery go down or produce bad parts that are caught downstream after significant loss. Margins are slim and parts that don’t meet spec need to be identified immediately.
- A major US automaker needs to inspect thousands of frame dimensions every week. After implementing visionWrangler, they now meticulously track component inspections and can link any assembly issues to the inspection images. They can adjust inspections and run retroactive queries to find other impacted parts, and can weigh tolerance changes against the impacts. No longer do personnel have to manually gather and analyze over 100,000 inspection images per week.
- A Fortune 10 pharma company needs to track shipped drugs, drug labeling, and patient information. With 100% inspection and serialization from visionWrangler, they can now quickly reference any customer complaints to actual images to verify expiration, shipments not received, damaged packages, etc. The traceable process reduces liability and false complaints.
- A multinational company licenses production of molecular diagnostics to a third party, but needs to minimize risk to their brand by requiring rigorous quality control procedures. By requiring the third party to use visionWrangler, they get efficient production oversight and maintain the trust in their brand.