Tracker. Line and machine level pharmaceutical serialization solution
SEA Vision is a worldwide top player in the aggregation and serialization field, for which it has been developing reliable solutions for over ten years.
The skills and experience of SEA Vision in inspection and serialization software architecture is a key point to manage all the aspects of such a challenging goal, to create a cutting-edge solution for any pharmaceutical manufacturer who wants to be ready for future regulatory implementations – and at the same time to gain an added value to their packaging processes.
Extremely reliable and accurate
Operations in real-time
End user and supply chain improved safety
GS1 standard compliant
Fighting counterfeiting, complying with serialization directives
Developed by SEA Vision with proprietary algorithms, Tracker is the pharmaceutical serialization solution capable of performing runtime checks of serialized codes printed on serialized drug packages, and perform parent-child aggregation operations.
Concerning serialization, the software manages the in-line printing and inspection of variable data and serialized codes on cartons.The correct units (cartons, cases, and pallets) that pass the inspection are then commissioned, since Tracker communicates with yutrace (SEA Vision level 3 software) for serial numbers provisioning and posting operations.
Furthermore, the serialization system Tracker manages all the industrial devices installed on case packer and palletizers machines for the execution of aggregation operations between logistic units.
At the end of the serialization and aggregation processes, the communication with the level 3 system allows the subsequent notification to the level 4 platforms and Repositories.
Tracker support any type of aggregation and serialization: PoDA, PoDA+ or Track and Trace, in accordance with the relevant regulators in all markets worldwide. No matter what it is the automation level of the machine, the communication capability of Tracker with the PLCs of the machines through the exchange of digital I/O signals, allows a smooth and automatized rejection management.
Safe and reliable, this renowned serialization and aggregation system boasts many installations around the world on all the models of print and check, case packer and palletizer machines produced by all OEMs.
Labels, cartons, bundles, cases and pallets.
Boost the efficiency of your supply chain
Tracker manages every detail of serialization and aggregation, acquiring serial numbers from the level 3 software, and managing industrial printers in real-time, to print variable data and codes on each product.
The software learns, recognizes, and performs optical character verification (OCV) and optical character recognition (OCR) controls on every type of character to inspect variable data. Concerning codes, the serialization system not only controls their authenticity, but their aprint quality too – by carrying out the ANSI grading control in real-time.
The logic and status of the aggregation and serialization operations are all displayed on the HMI screen, so that the operator always has everything under control.
The software is natively integrated into the yudoo software suite, managing manual wireless scanners to perform in-line reworking operations.
An Advanced T&T solution
Tracker makes use of industrial printers, cameras, and scanners to print and check the variable data and codes on 100% of the products. An accurate inspection is granted, in just milliseconds. The acquired images are processed by performing complex search operation, measures and comparisons with reference models and, if one of them is outside the tolerance range, the system automatically send a signal to the machine, allowing the rejection of the product.
Such rapid elaboration times are possible thanks to Tracker in-house developed SIMD instructions, and smart proprietary algorithms (designed upon the concepts of spatial and temporal parallelism) programmed to make the maximum usage of all the threads available in the latest generation CPUs.
Since threads divide the core of a CPU into virtual multiple cores, the usage of all threads available allow a computer processor to perform multiple tasks at the same time, and faster.
Thus, using different parallel threads, the algorithms of Tracker improve theirself software computing power; reducing the images processing times while performing more controls, guaranteeing at the same time the best result in terms of inspection accuracy and safety.
The system is expandable, and additional controls can also be integrated later in time.
The importance of a good hardware
Our algorithms use industrial computers with multicore technology and multithreaded processors to the best advantage.
Optics and light units components are specifically designed and assembled for an optimal inspection, and perfect integration with the machines mechanical design. With an optimized lighting management, the images acquisition speed is fast and accurate.
All used displays are touch-screen with an optimized graphic interface that increases usability and interaction.
All serialization systems are equipped with UPS and backup hard disk for the safe and correct saving of data and the correct shutdown of the PC in case of power outages.
A pharma-specific solution
The system is specifically designed for the pharmaceutical market, and it is compliant with the industry regulations, with user access regulated by FDA 21 CFR part 11 and annex 11.
Provided with Active Directory, only the authenticated and authorized users can access the system. All events are registered by the software in an audit trail file to keep track of all the relevant activities and secure data integrity.
The continuous Software development follows Gamp 5, to always improve products quality and consistency.
Datamatrix and OCV/OCR control on label
Vignette on carton control
The result of a broad experience of vision systems integration
SEA Vision’s expertise in integration is built on decades of experience working alongside machine manufacturers to satisfy the needs of pharmaceutical customers worldwide. There are over 1500 serialization lines that use SEA Vision systems.
Such experience guarantees correct machine integration, accurate signal exchange management, and integrated automation and rejection logic.
Tracker can be integrated on machines with different automation levels, from entirely automated or semi-automated to modules with a low automation level.
The graphical oscilloscope allows the observation of signal patterns and keeps them under control, facilitating the diagnostical operation.
The entire process is handled efficiently, from the control execution to the rejection of defective products.
Fully integrated with yudoo
Tracker is natively integrated with Yudoo, the 4.0 pharmaceutical software suite for the full management of automation processes, digital quality, data analysis and for Track&Trace. A digital hub that is everywhere accessible through a secure-access web interface or dedicated devices.
A scalable and modular suite, including tools for automation (centralized management of production, workflows and timesheet), for the digital quality (creation of paperless systems, support systems for line clearance operations), for data analysis (analysis of production data, business intelligence dashboard, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance) and for Track and Trace (complete solutions for Level 3 and 4 of serialization, monitoring of serialization operations).
Yudoo offers multiple advantages such as the possibility to centralize production formats and data, avoiding duplicates and reducing work time. The suite can connect to existing company systems to retrieve updated data exactly from where they are.
One player, one vendor, one solution provider
SEA Vision provides an extensive product portfolio of natively integrated solutions. Vision, traceability and data management solutions for pharmaceutical packaging lines are developed with a common approach to obtain a seamless ecosystem.