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How to Automate UDI barcodes for Pharmaceutical Packaging

Jan 6, 2021 8:16:52 AM / by Mark Nordling

Automation has the ability to quickly introduce and expand life-saving products into society. However, some companies are faced with strict regulations while producing these products safely, efficiently, and accurately. One way pharmaceutical packaging companies combat this feat is by utilizing automation to apply UDI barcodes or Unique Device Identification codes on products.

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What are the UDI labeling requirements?

The UDI labeling requirements align with the Unique Device Identification System, which was signed into law in 2007. The system ensures unique identifier or codes are assigned to medical devices manufactured across the globe (source). Pharmaceutical labeling requirements mandated by the FDA, state the following:

“The Unique Device Identification System final rule (UDI Rule) requires device labelers (typically, the manufacturer) to:
  • Include a unique device identifier (UDI) on device labels and packages, except where the rule provides for an exception or alternative.
    • If a device is intended for more than one use and intended to be reprocessed before each use, the device labeler must also mark the UDI directly on the device.
  • Submit device information to the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).”

Successful companies automate their pharmaceutical labeling process with product feeding, labeling, and verification systems equipped for UDI barcodes. These types of automation equipment can also typically feed products like Tyvek lids, die cut cartons, foil pouches, clear bags, and more.

How to Automate UDI Pharmaceutical Labeling

When applying a UDI code, it is possible to apply a label or to print the code directly onto the products. The products are loaded into a MFT Automation Friction Feeder that will gently feed the product one at a time, and transfer them one at a time onto the discharge of the feeder.  The UDI codes are then applied onto the products automatically as they travel on the discharge of the feeder. After the UDI code has been applied to the product, a vision camera system is utilized to confirm the identification has been properly placed on the product. This process is also known as serialization.


What is serialization?

Serialization is the process of applying a unique code to each individual product. It provides a system to track and trace a pharmaceutical product from its original source through the entire supply chain.

Using serialization technologies for pharmaceutical packaging is a great way to safeguard products. Automated quality management systems (QMS) can also help you save time and money on packaging production. These types of automated technologies help companies remain competitive — especially in highly regulated industries like the pharma industry.

MFT Automation manufactures friction feeding, printing, and labeling machines for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies. These machines can print, apply, and label UDI codes onto products automatically. They can also integrate with Ink Jet and Thermal transfer print systems, to keep pharmaceutical packaging lines performing at optimal speeds. If you have a unique carton or product that needs feeding or labeling within the pharmaceutical packaging industry, our customized solutions can help.

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Mark Nordling

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