Customer Requirements: Barcode validation with rotation range inspection on medical packaging

Solution: Customized iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 

Why Banner? Customization – Modified vision sensor enabled barcode orientation detection

Speed – Close customer collaboration led to quick delivery of custom sensor

Simplicity – Intuitive user interface made setting the acceptance angle easy


Remote touch screen – Menu-driven tools guide user during inspection setup

Connectivity – Ethernet-enabled sensor offers enhanced control and communication 


A leading pharmaceutical manufacturer produces a diverse range of medical products. Many of their products are individually packaged in sealed pouches. Each pouch has a 1D barcode encoding the product’s identification. Before the product can be shipped the company must validate that the correct barcode is on the pouch and verify that the package is correctly aligned for heat sealing. 


Typically, one barcode reader would be deployed on the production line to validate the barcode while a separate vision system would be used to determine the orientation of the pouch or barcode. The company wanted a single automated system capable of reliably performing both tasks.


Working with the customer, Banner was able to provide a customized iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 barcode reader for the application. By adding rotation range detection to the feature set, system operators were able to specify the acceptable barcode orientation anywhere from 5° to 180°. The single pass/fail output of the iVu ensured that only correctly coded and aligned packages would be sent to the heat sealer.

The iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 provided the company with tremendous production flexibility. This high-performance vision sensor can store up to 30 different inspections and is capable of reading and validating data within several different barcode standards. 

Installation and operation was easy. The compact form factor of the iVu Plus BCR Gen 2 integrated easily into the existing infrastructure. The LCD flat panel touch screen provided an intuitive interface for inspection setup and allowed access to the iVu’s advanced capabilities.