WO2017202754A1 - Verifying print and code on object - Google Patents

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WO2017202754A1
WO2017202754A1 PCT/EP2017/062228 EP2017062228W WO2017202754A1 WO 2017202754 A1 WO2017202754 A1 WO 2017202754A1 EP 2017062228 W EP2017062228 W EP 2017062228W WO 2017202754 A1 WO2017202754 A1 WO 2017202754A1
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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and a system for verifying a print applied onto an object, wherein the system comprises a first processing unit, a digital printing machine and an image recognition device, wherein the first processing unit is configured for: obtaining a first file comprising a first print, where the first print is configured to be applied on an object; associating a code with the first print and including the code with the first file; transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to the digital printing machine; transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to the image recognition device; the digital printing machine is configured for: receiving the first file comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit, and applying the first print and the code on the object; the image recognition device comprising a camera and an image processing unit, wherein the camera is configured for capturing an image of the applied first print and applied code on the object; wherein the image recognition device is configured for: receiving the first file comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit; comparing the image of the applied first print and code on the object, captured by the camera, with the first print and code in the first file transmitted from the first processing unit; and verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and code in the first file.

Description

VERIFYING PRINT AND CODE ON OBJECT

FIELD

The present disclosure relates to a system and a method to verify a print applied to an object, such as to verify a print of text and a machine-readable code applied on a cardboard for pharmaceutical packaging.

BACKGROUND

Validation and security are time-consuming, yet necessary steps in the pharmaceutical packaging supply chain. Each package must contain a batch number, a lot number, and an expiration date. This information must be printed and also provided in Braille. At the same time, a certified validation and tracing system must be in place to ensure that the correct dosage of a medicine is in the correct package. In a typical pharmaceutical packaging workflow, boxes are printed and stored in a warehouse. When a batch of medicine goes into production, the drug company requests the preprinted boxes from the warehouse and there is a checking procedure to make sure that the right boxes are selected. These boxes are then reprinted with lot numbers, batch numbers, and expiration dates. After this step, the boxes are checked, sent back to the drug company's filling lines, and checked again before medicine is inserted. The validation process must be compliant with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations, administered by governmental entities.

SUMMARY

There is a need for a system and a method to verify a print applied to an object, such as to verify a print of text and a machine-readable code applied on a cardboard for pharmaceutical packaging.

Disclosed is a system for verifying a print applied onto an object. The system comprises a first processing unit, a digital printing machine and an image recognition device. The first processing unit is configured for obtaining a first file comprising a first print, where the first print is configured to be applied on an object. The first processing unit is configured for associating a code with the first print and including the code with the first file. The first processing unit is configured for transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to the digital printing machine. The first processing unit is configured for transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to the image recognition device. The digital printing machine is configured for receiving the first file comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit. The digital printing machine is configured applying the first print and the code on the object. The image recognition device comprises a camera and an image processing unit. The camera is configured for capturing an image of the applied first print and applied code on the object. The image recognition device is configured for receiving the first file comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit. The image recognition device is configured for comparing the image of the applied first print and code on the object, captured by the camera, with the first print and code in the first file transmitted from the first processing unit. The image recognition device is configured for verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and code in the first file.

Disclosed is also a method of verifying a print applied on an object. The method comprises obtaining a first file comprising a first print, where the first print is configured to be applied on an object. The method comprises associating a code with the first print and including the code with the first file. The method comprises transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to a digital printing machine. The method comprises transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to an image recognition device. The method comprises applying the first print and the code on the object in the digital printing machine. The method comprises capturing an image of the applied first print and code on the object with a camera in the image recognition device. The method comprises comparing the image of the applied print and code on the object captured by the camera in the image recognition device with the first print and code in the first file transmitted to the image recognition device. The method comprises verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image

corresponds to the first print and the code in the first file.

According to an aspect, disclosed is an object obtained by the method.

The system and method provide to verify a print applied to an object, such as to verify a print of text and a machine-readable code applied on a cardboard for pharmaceutical packaging. In particular for pharmaceutical packaging products, such as cardboards to be folded into boxes for holding or containing pharmaceutical products, such as pills and tablets, for patients or consumers to take or ingest. In particular for pharmaceutical products it is extremely important that the information applied, such as printed, on a cardboard, is correct, such that patients or consumers take or ingest the correct pharmaceutical product or medicine, the correct amount, etc.

It is an advantage that the system and method provides that a print and code on an object, such as cardboard, can be verified, by verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and code in the first file. If the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and code in the first file, then the applied first print and code on the object is verified and the object can proceed in e.g. a production line, such as being folded into a box, the box being transferred to a pharmaceutical manufacturer where the

pharmaceutical or medicine is packed or put into the box, and finally the box with pharmaceutical or medicine can be delivered to a pharmacy or hospital from where it will be handed out to patients or consumers. If the applied first print and code on the object in the image fails to correspond to the first print and code in the first file, then the object can be rejected and discarded. The applied first print and code on the object may fail to correspond to the first print and code in the first file, if for example the type size or font of text printed on the object has changed from the first file to the applied first print and code on the object.

Further, it is an advantage that by applying a code on the object, such as a machine- readable code, such as a first code part or client code, the object can be tracked throughout its travel from a production site of the object, to a pharmaceutical manufacturer where the pharmaceutical or medicine is packed or put into the object and then commissioned by being transferred to a pharmacy or hospital, and finally decommissioned by arriving at a pharmacy or hospital from where it will be handed out to patients or consumers. Thus the object can be tracked by e.g. scanning the machine-readable code in both the production site, at the pharmaceutical

manufacturer, and at the pharmacy both when entering and leaving the pharmacy, i.e. when handed out to a patient or consumer. It is a further advantage that by applying a code on the object, such as a machine- readable code, such as a second code part or process code, the object can be tracked and verified internally at the production site of the object, such as cardboard packaging.

Good manufacturing practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks involved in any pharmaceutical production step that cannot be eliminated through testing the final product. GMP covers all aspects of production, from the starting materials, premises, and equipment to the training and personal hygiene of staff members. Detailed, written procedures are required for each process that could affect the quality of the finished product. The systems that are in place provide documented proof that correct procedures are consistently followed at each step in the manufacturing process-every time a product is made.

It is an advantage of the system and method provides to condense production steps and reduce the number of GMP inspection points by combining print on demand with specialized finishing equipment. Rather than printing, storing, and printing again, the system and method provides that the boxes can be printed on demand via digital printing devices and finished with the validation and inspection processes occurring at the finishing stage. A typical order for pharmaceutical boxes is 50,000, and these are stored in a warehouse. Since only 800 to 8,000 boxes are needed to fulfil a production batch, the system and method are suitable for an on-demand model, which saves time and money.

Further, increased complexity and need for individualization of the individual box is from 2019 required on all EU sold pharmaceutical products including individual data matrix codes on each box for full traceability from manufacturing to patient. This requirement for information and data to be added to cardboard packaging can no longer be fulfilled by using the conventional methods of production.

Thus, it is an advantage that the system and method provides a fully integrated solution to handle all required data electronically and via digital printing apply the relevant data to the appropriate box.

It is an advantage that the workflow is it-driven, which enables fast and customised production, which is not possible with the conventional production, which is used today.

In some embodiments the object is a cardboard packaging, such as for a

pharmaceutical packaging of a pharmaceutical product. After applying the print and code on the object and verifying the applied print and code on the object, the object may be folded into a box, such as a box for containing or holding pharmaceuticals or medicine in the form of pills, tablets, tubes, pate, liquid etc.

In some embodiments the first print comprises text. In some embodiments the first file is an ARTWORK pdf file. The ARTWORKS pdf file may comprise text, drawings, symbols etc. to be applied on the object. The text may be the name of the

pharmaceutical product, the dose of the pharmaceutical product, the manufacturer name of the pharmaceutical product, the address of the manufacturer of

pharmaceutical product, instructions on how to take, use or ingest the pharmaceutical product, side effects or adverse effects of the pharmaceutical product, warnings relating to the pharmaceutical product etc. The text or symbols may be trademarks, such as 2D or 3D trademarks, of the product.

In some embodiments the code comprises a machine-readable optical code. In some embodiments the code is a barcode and/or a data matrix code and/or a 1 -dimensional (1 D) code and/or a 2-dimensional (2D) code.

In some embodiments the code is a unique code. In some embodiments the unique code is unique for one object and/or for one batch of objects.

In some embodiments the code is generated by a code generating module in a software unit of the first processing unit. An example of a code generating module is ESKO.

In some embodiments the code comprises a first code part and a second code part. In some embodiments each code part comprises unique identifiers.

In some embodiments the first code part comprises identifiers enabling tracking of the object. The first code part may be a client code, which the manufacturer of the pharmaceutical or medicine will be tracking to keep track of the pharmaceutical or medicine throughout the supply chain. In some embodiments the second code part comprises printing specific identifiers. The second code part may be a process code for internal use in the cardboard packaging printing manufacturer.

In some embodiments the system comprises a gluing machine configured for gluing the object after applying the first print. In some embodiments the image recognition device is arranged in connection with the gluing machine.

In some embodiments the first code part is visible on the object after gluing the object in the gluing machine, whereby the first code part is machine-readable/scannable after gluing the object. Thus the first code part may be machine-readable or scannable for other parties, such as a pharmaceutical company and a pharmacy, later in the supply chain of the object, whereby the code is configured to be used to identify the object at the pharmaceutical company and at the pharmacy. This first code part may typically be a 2D code as it should be more complex to comply with governmental regulations, such as GMP.

In some embodiments the second code part is invisible on the object after gluing the object in the gluing machine, whereby the second code part is not machine- readable/scannable after gluing the object. Thus the second code part may not be available for other parties, such as a pharmaceutical company and a pharmacy. . The second code part may typically be a 1 D code as it should be fast to read at the cardboard packaging printing manufacturer.

In some embodiments the applied first print and code on the object is approved if the applied first print and code corresponds to the first print and code in the first file. The applied first print and code on the object may correspond to the first print and code in the first file, if for example the type size or font of text printed on the object is identical or similar in the first file and in the applied first print and code on the object. In some embodiments a quality certificate confirming verification is outputted, if it is verified that the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and the code in the first file.

In some embodiments the applied first print and code on the object is rejected or discarded if the applied first print and code fails to correspond to the first print and code in the first file. The applied first print and code on the object may fail to correspond to the first print and code in the first file, if for example the type size or font of text printed on the object has changed from the first file to the applied first print and code on the object. In some embodiments the applied first print and code on the object in the image is determined to correspond to the first print and code in the first file, if a tolerance criterion is fulfilled.

In some embodiments one or more tolerances are different for one or more different areas of the applied first print and code on the object. As some areas or region on the object is more important, such as more important to be precise and correct, than other areas or regions on the object, different tolerances may be defined or set for different areas on the object. When different tolerances are defined or set for different areas, then it may be faster and more efficient to verify the print and code on the object In some embodiments the tolerance criterion is fulfilled if the one or more tolerances are satisfied or meet or complied with.

In some embodiments the one or more tolerances are defined by a tolerance template. In some embodiments the tolerance template is selected from a plurality of tolerance templates. The selection of the tolerance template may be performed by image processing of the print.

In some embodiments the code comprises information on which tolerance template to select from the plurality of tolerance templates. This code may typically be the second code part, as the tolerance template is related to the internal process of the object.

In some embodiments the first processing unit furthermore processes the first file to provide a plurality of sub-files according to each of the one or more different areas, each sub-file specifying a tolerance criterion for a specific area of the one or more different areas. A sub-file may be provided for each area of the object. The sub-file may correspond to a tolerance template.

The present invention relates to different aspects including the system described above and in the following, and corresponding system parts, methods, devices, products, objects, uses and/or product means, each yielding one or more of the benefits and advantages described in connection with the first mentioned aspect, and each having one or more embodiments corresponding to the embodiments described in connection with the first mentioned aspect and/or disclosed in the appended claims. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The above and other features and advantages will become readily apparent to those skilled in the art by the following detailed description of exemplary embodiments thereof with reference to the attached drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 schematically illustrates an example of an overall method or process for manufacturing an object.

Fig. 2 schematically illustrates an example of a more detailed method or process for manufacturing an object.

Fig. 3 schematically illustrates an example of a printed object.

Fig. 4a) schematically illustrates a system for verifying a print applied onto an object.

Fig. 4b) schematically illustrates a system for verifying a print applied onto an object.

Fig. 5 schematically illustrates a flow chart of a method of verifying a print applied on an object.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Various embodiments are described hereinafter with reference to the figures. Like reference numerals refer to like elements throughout. Like elements will, thus, not be described in detail with respect to the description of each figure. It should also be noted that the figures are only intended to facilitate the description of the embodiments. They are not intended as an exhaustive description of the claimed invention or as a limitation on the scope of the claimed invention. In addition, an illustrated embodiment needs not have all the aspects or advantages shown. An aspect or an advantage described in conjunction with a particular embodiment is not necessarily limited to that embodiment and can be practiced in any other embodiments even if not so illustrated, or if not so explicitly described.

Throughout, the same reference numerals are used for identical or corresponding parts.

Fig. 1 schematically illustrates an example of an overall method or process 100 for manufacturing an object, such as a cardboard packaging for a pharmaceutical product. A customer 120, such as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals or medicine, sends an order for an object to be produced, such as a cardboard packaging to be printed, diecutted and glued and/or folded. The order is sent to a production control unit 130 at the manufacturer of the object. The production control unit 130 is configured to electronically and/or manually send order process information to the digital printing unit 150. The order process information may comprise two parts, a processed layout 140 for each order and printed order information 145 for each order. The processed layout 140 provides that a layout is placed on sheets to fit the diecutting tools in the diecutting unit 160. The processed layout 140 may be sent electronically to the digital printing unit 150. The printed order information 145 may be sent manually to the digital printing unit 150. The order process information 140 and/or 145 comprises a first file comprising a first print. A code, such as a first code part and/or a second code part is associated with the first print. The code is included with the first file.

The digital printing unit 150 is configured to receive the object, such as cardboard, to be printed from a raw material inventory 155. When the object has been printed at the digital printing unit 150, the object is transferred to a diecutting unit 160, which is configured for diecutting the object. From the diecutting unit 160 the object is transferred to a gluing machine unit 180. The gluing machine unit 180 is configured for gluing the object. An image recognition device 430 or camera inspection device may be arranged in connection with the gluing machine. The image recognition device 430 is configured to perform an image recognition of the print and/or code on the object. If the print and/or code on the object is verified, the object is sent to the customer 120.

The digital printing unit 150, the diecutting unit 160, the gluing machine unit 180 and the image recognition device 430 are placed at the object manufacturer.

Fig. 2 schematically illustrates an example of a more detailed method or process 200 for manufacturing an object, such as a cardboard packaging for a pharmaceutical product. A customer 120, such as a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals or medicine, sends an order for an object to be produced, such as a cardboard packaging to be printed, diecutted, glued and/or folded. The order is sent electronically to a production control unit 130 at the manufacturer of the object. The order may comprise two parts, a box layout 125 and an order information 127. The order information 127 may be sent by the customer on a daily basis. The order information 127 may comprise the number of objects or boxes to be printed on that particular. The order information 127 may be delivered in Extensible Markup Language (.xml) format. Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. The box layout 125 for each order may be delivered for each order. Batch and expiration dates may be included in each layout file. The box layout 125 may be delivered in Portable Document Format (.pdf). The Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.

The production control unit 130 is configured to electronically send daily lists 170 containing information about all orders to one or more productions lines, such as all production lines, for planning purposes. Thus the daily lists 170 may be sent to the digital printing unit 150, and/or to the die cutting unit 160 and/or to the gluing machine 180 and/or to the image recognition device.

The production control unit 130 may also be termed first processing unit or the production unit 130 may comprise a first processing unit.

The production control unit 130 is configured to compile and distribute order information throughout the entire production. The production control unit 130 is configured to electronically and/or manually send order process information to the digital printing unit 150. The order process information may comprise two parts, a processed layout 140 for each order and printed order information 145 for each order. The processed layout 140 provides that a layout is placed on sheets to fit the diecutting tools in the diecutting unit 160. The processed layout 140 may be sent electronically to the digital printing unit 150. The printed order information 145 may be sent manually to the digital printing unit 150. The order process information 140 and/or 145 comprises a first file comprising a first print. A code, such as a first code part and/or a second code part is associated with the first print. The code is included with the first file.

The digital printing unit 150 is configured to receive the object, such as cardboard, to be printed from a raw material inventory 155. Standard sized sheets may be used for all objects.

When the object has been printed at the digital printing unit 150, the printed object or sheets are transferred or shipped 157 from the digital printing unit 150 to the diecutting unit 160, which is configured for diecutting the object. The printed order information may physically follow 159 the order from entry to exit from the production flow, i.e. also from the digital printing unit 150 to the die cutting unit 160. In the die cutting unit 160 boxes are cut from the printed sheets. Creasing linesand Braille text may be imprinted in the same process. The Braille text may be digitally read and compared to the customer specification at the diecutting unit 160.

From the diecutting unit 160 the object is transferred or pushed 167 to a gluing machine unit 180. As well as an order sheet with signatures from the printing process in the digital printing unit 160 a Braille inspection report may be added 165 to the physical documentation. The Braille inspection report may comprise the Braille text and the operator's signature.

The gluing machine unit 180 is configured for gluing the object. An image recognition device 430 or camera inspection device may be arranged in connection with the gluing machine. The image recognition device 430 is configured to perform an image recognition of the print on the object. Thus each box may be run through the image recognition device 430 or camera inspection unit, where an inspection contour or tolerance template may be superimposed on the image of the physical product. If the captured image corresponds to the digital layout, the box is approved and glued. If any inconsistencies are identified, the box is automatically rejected.

The customer 120 or first processing unit may deliver files 189, such a pdf files, containing box layout and inspection contour, also called tolerance template, in separate files to the gluing machine 180 and/or to image recognition device 430. The first file comprising the first print and the associated code is compared with the applied print and code on the object for performing the verification or as a part of the verification of the object.

If the print and/or code on the object is verified, the finished products in the form of object or boxes are delivered 187 to the customer 120. This may be done within 26 hours from receiving the order due to production setup.

Documentation from each control process, such as from the image recognition/camera inspection in the image recognition device 430 and/or gluing unit 180 and from the Braille text inspection in the die cutting unit 160, may be delivered 185 to the customer 120, for example in sealed containers together with the finished product.

The digital printing unit 150, the diecutting unit 160, the gluing machine unit 180 and the image recognition device 430 may be physically arranged at the object

manufacturer. Fig. 3 schematically illustrates an example of a printed object 300, such as a cardboard packaging for a pharmaceutical product. The printed object 300 may be divided into different areas or regions: a first area 310, a second area 320, a third area 330 and a fourth area 340. A tolerance may be defined for each of the different areas. The tolerance determines how exact the applied print and code should correspond to the print and code in the first file. For some areas on the object it is very important that the applied print and/or code is very exact, for example the area 340 comprising the Braille text should be very exact, thus in area 340 the tolerance may be low. For other areas on the object it is less important that the applied print and/or code is exact, for example areas 310 which are the areas of the object which are glued in order to manufacture the object sheet into a box, thus in areas 310 the tolerance may be high. A 1 D barcode 350 is shown as an example of a code, such as a second part code or process code. A 2D data matrix code may alternatively and/or additionally be provided as a code, such as a first part code or client code.

Fig. 4 schematically illustrates a system 400 for verifying a print applied onto an object, such as a cardboard for pharmaceutical packing.

Fig. 4a) schematically illustrates the system 400 comprising a first processing unit 410 having a processor 417, a digital printing machine 420 and an image recognition device 430. The first processing unit 410 is configured for obtaining a first file 440. The first file 440 comprises a first print, where the first print is configured to be applied on the object. The first processing unit 410 comprises a code generator 415 or code receiver, and the first processing unit 410 is configured for associating a code generated by the code generator 415 with the first print and including the code with the first file. The first processing unit 410 is configured for transmitting the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code to the digital printing machine 420. The first processing unit 410 is configured for transmitting the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code to the image recognition device 430. The digital printing machine 420 is configured for receiving the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit 410. The digital printing machine 420 is configured for applying the first print and the code on the object. The image recognition device 430 comprises a camera 435 and an image processing unit 436. The camera 435 is configured for capturing an image of the applied first print and applied code on the object. The image recognition device 430 is configured for receiving the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit 410. The image recognition device 430 is configured for comparing the image of the applied first print and code on the object, captured by the camera 435, with the first print and code in the first file 440 transmitted from the first processing unit 410. The image recognition device 430 is configured. The image recognition device 430 is configured for verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and code in the first file 440.

The image recognition device 430 may be arranged in or arranged in connection with a gluing machine.

Fig. 4b) schematically illustrates the system 400 comprising a first processing unit 410 having a processor 417, a digital printing machine 420, a diecutting unit 425 and an image recognition device 430. The first processing unit 410 is configured for obtaining a first file 440. The first file 440 comprises a first print, where the first print is configured to be applied on the object. The first processing unit 410 comprises a code generator 415 or code receiver, and the first processing unit 410 is configured for associating a code generated by the code generator 415 with the first print and including the code with the first file. The first processing unit 410 is configured for transmitting the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code to the digital printing machine 420. The first processing unit 410 is configured for transmitting the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code to the image recognition device 430. The digital printing machine 420 is configured for receiving the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit 410. The digital printing machine 420 is configured for applying the first print and the code on the object. From the digital printing unit 420 the object is transferred to the diecutting unit 425 for diecutting the object. After the diecutting, the object is transferred to the image recognition device 430. The image recognition device 430 comprises a camera 435 and an image processing unit 436. The camera 435 is configured for capturing an image of the applied first print and applied code on the object. The image recognition device 430 is configured for receiving the first file 440 comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit 410. The image recognition device 430 is configured for comparing the image of the applied first print and code on the object, captured by the camera 435, with the first print and code in the first file 440 transmitted from the first processing unit 410. The image recognition device 430 is configured. The image recognition device 430 is configured for verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and code in the first file 440.

The image recognition device 430 may be arranged in or arranged in connection with a gluing machine.

Fig. 5 schematically illustrates a flow chart of a method 500 of verifying a print applied on an object. The method comprises the following steps:

In step 510 a first file comprising a first print is obtained, where the first print is configured to be applied on an object.

In step 520 a code is associated with the first print and including the code with the first file.

In step 530 the first file, comprising the first print and the code, is transmitted to a digital printing machine.

In step 540 the first file, comprising the first print and the code, is transmitted to an image recognition device.

In step 550 the first print and the code is applied on the object in the digital printing machine.

In step 560 an image of the applied first print and code on the object is captured with a camera in the image recognition device.

In step 570 the image of the applied print and code on the object captured by the camera in the image recognition device is compared with the first print and code in the first file transmitted to the image recognition device.

In step 580 it is verified whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and the code in the first file.

The method optionally comprises outputting 590 a quality certificate confirming verification, if it is verified that the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and the code in the first file.

The method optionally comprises discarding 595 the object if it is verified that the applied first print and code on the object in the image fail to correspond to the first print and the code in the first file. Although particular features have been shown and described, it will be understood that they are not intended to limit the claimed invention, and it will be made obvious to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the claimed invention. The specification and drawings are, accordingly to be regarded in an illustrative rather than restrictive sense. The claimed invention is intended to cover all alternatives, modifications and equivalents.

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120 customer

125 box layout

127 order information

130 production control unit 130

140 processed layout

145 printed order information

150 digital printing unit

155 raw material inventory

157 transferring or shipping printed object from digital printing unit 150 to diecutting unit 160

159 printed order information follow the order

160 diecutting unit

165 adding Braille inspection report to physical documentation

167 transferring or pushing the object from the diecutting unit 160 to the gluing machine unit 180

170 daily lists

180 gluing machine unit

185 deliver documentation to customer

187 deliver the finished products in the form of object or boxes to the customer

189 files, such a pdf files, containing box layout and inspection contour or tolerance template

200 method or process for manufacturing an object

300 printed object

310 first area

320 second area

330 third area 340 fourth area

350 code

400 system for verifying a print applied onto an object

410 first processing unit

415 code generator or code receiver

417 processor

420 digital printing machine

425 diecutting unit

430 image recognition device

435 camera

436 image processing unit.

500 method of verifying a print applied on an object.

510 a first file comprising a first print is obtained, where the first print is configured to be applied on an object

520 a code is associated with the first print and including the code with the first file

530 the first file, comprising the first print and the code, is transmitted to a digital printing machine

540 the first file, comprising the first print and the code, is transmitted to an image recognition device

550 the first print and the code is applied on the object in the digital printing machine

560 an image of the applied first print and code on the object is captured with a camera in the image recognition device

570 the image of the applied print and code on the object captured by the camera in the image recognition device is compared with the first print and code in the first file transmitted to the image recognition device

580 verified whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and the code in the first file

590 outputting a quality certificate confirming verification, if it is verified that the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and the code in the first file 595 discarding the object if it is verified that the applied first print and code on the object in the image fail to correspond to the first print and the code in the first file

Claims

1 . A system for verifying a print applied onto an object, wherein the system comprises a first processing unit, a digital printing machine and an image recognition device, wherein
- the first processing unit is configured for:
- obtaining a first file comprising a first print, where the first print is configured to be applied on an object;
- associating a code with the first print and including the code with the first file;
- transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to the digital printing machine;
- transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to the image recognition device;
- the digital printing machine is configured for:
- receiving the first file comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit, and
- applying the first print and the code on the object;
- the image recognition device comprising a camera and an image processing unit, wherein the camera is configured for capturing an image of the applied first print and applied code on the object; wherein the image recognition device is configured for:
- receiving the first file comprising the first print and the code, transmitted from the first processing unit;
- comparing the image of the applied first print and code on the object, captured by the camera, with the first print and code in the first file transmitted from the first processing unit; and
- verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and code in the first file.
2. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the code comprises a machine-readable optical code, and wherein the code is a barcode and/or a data matrix code and/or a 1 -dimensional (1 D) code and/or a 2-dimensional (2D) code.
3. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the code is a unique code, and wherein the unique code is unique for one object and/or for one batch of objects.
4. A system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the code comprises a first code part and a second code part, and wherein each code part comprises unique identifiers.
5. A system according to the preceding claim, wherein the first code part comprises identifiers enabling tracking of the object and/or wherein the second code part comprises printing specific identifiers.
6. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the system comprises a gluing machine configured for gluing the object after applying the first print; and wherein the image recognition device is arranged in connection with the gluing machine.
7. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the applied first print and code on the object is approved if the applied first print and code corresponds to the first print and code in first file; and wherein the applied first print and code on the object is rejected if the applied first print and code fails to correspond to the first print and code in the first file.
8. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the applied first print and code on the object in the image is determined to correspond to the first print and code in the first file, if a tolerance criterion is fulfilled.
9. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein one or more tolerances are different for one or more different areas of the applied first print and code on the object.
10. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the tolerance criterion is fulfilled if the one or more tolerances are satisfied/meet/complied with.
1 1 . The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the one or more tolerances are defined by a tolerance template, and wherein the tolerance template is selected from a plurality of tolerance templates.
12. The system according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the code comprises information on which tolerance template to select from the plurality of tolerance templates.
13. A system according to any of the previous claims, wherein the first processing unit furthermore processes the first file to provide a plurality of sub-files according to each of the one or more different areas, each sub-file specifying a tolerance criterion for a specific area of the one or more different areas.
14. A method of verifying a print applied on an object, wherein the method comprises:
- obtaining a first file comprising a first print, where the first print is configured to be applied on an object;
- associating a code with the first print and including the code with the first file;
- transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to a digital printing machine;
- transmitting the first file comprising the first print and the code to an image recognition device;
- applying the first print and the code on the object in the digital printing machine;
- capturing an image of the applied first print and code on the object with a camera in the image recognition device;
- comparing the image of the applied print and code on the object captured by the camera in the image recognition device with the first print and code in the first file transmitted to the image recognition device; - verifying whether the applied first print and code on the object in the image corresponds to the first print and the code in the first file.
15. An object obtained by the method of the preceding claim.
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