Cognex Announces New Code-Reading Capability for the Pharmaceutical Industry.
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ROSEMONT, Ill. and NATICK, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 3, 2003
Cognex Corporation Cognex Corporation is an American corporation that manufactures commercial machine vision systems. Cognex is the world leader in its field, holding an array of patents and employing academic experts. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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1. The study or interpretation of symbols or symbolism.
2. The use of symbols.
1. the study and interpretation of symbols. Also called symbolism. (CS) in addition to Reduced Space Symbology (RSS (Really Simple Syndication) A syndication format that was developed by Netscape in 1999 and became very popular for aggregating updates to blogs and the news sites. RSS has also stood for "Rich Site Summary" and "RDF Site Summary. ) codes on pharmaceutical packages for the purpose of product identification and traceability.
Recently proposed regulations will require bar coding on all unit dose medications and increased reporting of safety problems involving medicines. In addition to reducing the high rate of medical errors from the point drugs are manufactured through the point they are administered to the patient, the machine-readable RSS and CS codes promise improved administration efficiencies and rapid detection of potential errors.
"As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues its focus on enhancing medication safety through the application of bar coding, Cognex continues to develop the technology our customers will need," says Justin Testa, Senior VP of Marketing for Cognex. "By enhancing our RSS support with CS code-reading capability, In-Sight is ready for the next generation of pharmaceutical packaging equipment and robotic drug distribution systems, as well as medication dispensing cabinets and automated storage and retrieval systems."
In-Sight vision sensors are high-performance, on-line inspection devices used in a variety of pharmaceutical applications, including optical character verification, 2D code reading, blister pack inspection, as well as label and tamper-evident safety seal inspection. Each sensor provides field-proven Cognex vision software tools, a vision spreadsheet interface for fast, easy application set-up, and built-in Ethernet communications.
RSS linear bar codes contain the National Drug Code product identification in a space-efficient format for marking "unit-of-use" products such as individual medicine doses and blister-packed tablets that are too small to be marked with UPC (Universal Product Code) The standard bar code printed on retail merchandise, which is administered by GS1 US, Brussels, Belgium and Lawrenceville, NJ (www.gs1.org). or standard codes. Combining RSS with CS codes provides additional "machine-readable" information such as lot and date codes, batch number, and expiration date Expiration Date
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Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets machine vision systems, or computers that can "see." Cognex is the world's leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 175,000 vision systems, representing over $1.3 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company's founding in 1981. Cognex's Modular Vision Systems Division, headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts Natick (Pronunciation IPA: /ˈneɪtɪk/) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. Natick is located near the center of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts, with a population of 32,170 at the , specializes in machine vision systems which are used for automating the manufacture of a wide range of discrete items and for assuring their quality. Cognex's Surface Inspection Systems Division, headquartered in Alameda, California Alameda is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on a small island of the same name next to Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay. An additional part of the city is Bay Farm Island, which is adjacent to the Oakland International Airport. , specializes in machine vision systems which are used for inspecting the surfaces of products manufactured in a continuous fashion, such as metals, paper, plastics, and nonwovens. In addition to its corporate headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, Cognex also has regional offices located throughout North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. , Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Visit Cognex on-line at http://www.cognex.com.