Interphex 2005: Cognex introduces optical character verification

New York, NY—To help check printed materials and help users comply with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations, Cognex Corp. launched its ProofRead optical character verification (OCV) system at Interphex 2005, April 26-28, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.


New York, NY— To help check printed materials and help users comply with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations, Cognex Corp. launched its ProofRead optical character verification (OCV) system at Interphex 2005 , April 26-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. ProofRead reportedly ensures that information is correctly printed onto the label and packages of pharmaceutical, food, beverage, and personal care products. Consequently, manufacturers can use ProofRead to make sure that right date, lot, or product code is printed; that the right labels are placed onto the right products; and that the right product is placed into a carton or box.

ProofRead includes OCVMax, which Cognex reports is a breakthrough in character verification technology. For the first time, characters can be verified, even when they are printed on curved or flexible surfaces or distorted during the printing or packaging process.

'Because of its ability to tolerate print distortion, ProofRead minimizes false rejects and eliminates costly operator intervention,' said Marilyn Matz, Cognex’s co-founder and senior PC vision products VP. 'And, as a ready-to-use application, ProofRead is both easy to set up and operate.'

ProofRead’s intuitive graphical interface guides users in configuring vision tasks, cameras, and I/O, while its touchscreen interface lets line operators easily view images, review results and statistics, and perform product changeover. With built-in security, change tracking, and logging capability, ProofRead also helps ensure compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 regulations.

In addition to character verification, ProofRead is able to read 2-D matrix codes, RSS, and 1-D barcodes, providing a complete solution for package integrity and product traceability. One ProofRead system can use up to four cameras to verify characters, and read codes at multiple stations on a packaging line, reducing overall cost per inspection.

ProofRead is available in three configurations: a board-level configuration for OEMs and system integrators, a ProofRead system including a PC, and a fully packaged system complete with PC and stainless-steel enclosure. Users also can purchase the OCVMax tool for use with any Cognex VisionPro PC vision system to integrate into their own application.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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