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Marking System Improves Identification of Medical Device Components

Originally Published MPMN October 2003

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Marking System Improves Identification of Medical Device Components


Customized markings on devices reduce the possibility of tampering and error

A cold-laser marking system labels plastic, resin, and glass in compliance with FDA-mandated identification measures for medical products.

 In compliance with FDA regulations mandating security measures for pharmaceutical and medical products used in hospitals, a cold-laser marking system improves the identification of tablets, capsules, and medical device components. Tri-Star Technologies (El Segundo, CA) offers the M-100L-M series, a permanent marking system to eliminate the possibility of tampering and reduce the chance of error. 

"One company wanted us to mark catheters for them so that when the catheters were inserted inside the human tissue, the marks were there for depth measurement," says Alex Kerner, the company's president. "The marks are not done with indentations or with liquids, and they can't be copied without having this marking equipment." The system can also be used to indelibly label plastics, resins, or glass in tubing, valves, connectors, IV bags, and other components. 
Incorporating a fully automatic, computer- controlled, high-speed UV laser marker, the product operates without damaging thin or thermally sensitive substrates. Devices are marked with logos, bar codes, pictures, or alphanumeric text to identify products or correlate with the object's length. 

According to the manufacturer, the environmentally friendly, cleanroom-compatible system does not use any inks requiring FDA approval, or other chemicals or solvents. The product is geared toward reducing inventory by marking small batches quickly. This eliminates the need to keep large quantities at hand.

Tri-Star Technologies
2201 Rosecrans Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245
tel: 310/536-0444
fax: 310/536-9322
e-mail: [email protected]
url: www.tri-star-technologies.com 

Melody Lee

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