The Pharma market is a special within the industry. In these case faulty production or labelling can be critical and cause direct bodily injury and loss of life. Automated production is designed to ensure that medication is produced correctly. In these cases, it is necessary to monitor the production with the help of visual automated processes. Cameras constantly check the following parameters:
- Purity of input materials.
- Composition of ingredients.
- Correct dosage, and the blistering for packaging.
Packaging, complex track-and-trace systems are needed to ensure that medication can be traced and tracked from the input materials through to production and to the pharmacy – and once again, cameras check the correct packaging at each distribution stage. Image processing reads the product and batch numbers, expiry dates and then compares the visually captured information against the database entries.