Pharmaceuticals

Pills packaged to perfection

Greg Blackman looks at where vision technology is used on pharma packaging lines, from blister pack inspection to track-and-trace

The drug discovery challenge and how imaging can help

Nate Holmes, product manager for machine vision and motion control at National Instruments, finds that sophisticated imaging systems are required for high-content screening used in drug discovery. Here, he reports from the Vision Summit at this year's NIWeek, which took place in Austin, Texas at the beginning of August

Fighting falsified medicines

Rachel Berkowitz discovers that, to comply with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive, pharmaceutical serialisation and authentication solutions have to be based on machine vision

Vision central to complying with Falsified Medicines Directive

Machine vision lies at the heart of pharma companies' efforts to comply with the 2011 EU Falsified Medicines Directive, says Ian Haynes, an associate of 3C Integrity, which provides serialisation solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. And, he says, time is short to build the manufacturing capabilities required and meet the 2017 deadline

Back on track

With new directives proposed in Europe and the US to track pharmaceuticals and medical devices, Greg Blackman explores the surprisingly complex world of product traceability

Precision packing

Greg Blackman looks at some of the vision solutions employed on packaging lines

Code trackers

Rob Coppinger finds that vision systems are now required to track smaller and smaller markings that whizz past on ever-faster conveyors

Drug tracking

Greg Blackman tracks the packaging lines for chemicals and pharmaceuticals and finds out where and how machine vision plays a role

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