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MDR start: May 26, 2021

Since the end of May 2021, the UDI (Unique Device Identification) enables the unique identification and secure traceability of medical devices as part of the European MDR (Medical Device Regulation) and improves patient safety.

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Scientifically determined laser parameters for UDI marking

In March 2019, FOBA provided the Innovation and Research Center (IFC) Tuttlingen at Furtwangen University (HFU) with a laser marking system. Since then, the system has proven itself in scientific research as well as for demonstration purposes in front of interested parties from the surrounding medical technology industry.

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FOBA laser marker handed over to university in Tuttlingen

El Centro de Innovación e Investigación (IFC) de Tuttlingen de la Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas Hochschule Furtwangen (HFU) y FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving han puesto en marcha oficialmente su cooperación en materia de innovación para la tecnología médica. En una ceremonia celebrada el 20 de marzo en las nuevas salas del IFC se presentó un moderno sistema de marcado por láser.

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Laser marking on innovative material for medical devices

The Tuttlingen based Innovation and Research Center (IFC) of Furtwangen University (HFU) and FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving are starting a cooperation for developing innovations in the medical industry. Medical device manufacturers are invited to take part in the kick-off event on March 20, 2019 in Tuttlingen. The event is titled "Help, the UDI is here!" and deals with the technical requirements of laser marking on medical devices of various materials like metals and plastics.

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Better Patient Safety due to UDI-Marking on Medical Implants

Severe criticism against manufacturers of medical devices and related supervision processes occurred in November 2018, when European journalists questioned the reliability of implants and their possible effects on human health. The German inter-trade organization BVMed put this into perspective and additionally pleaded for an official nationwide implant database. FOBA encourages this approach and considers UDI-codes, firmly applied on medical implants, to be a key-factor for safe traceability of implants.

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Reduced Cost, Higher Speed and Improved Usability

With the launch of its latest laser marking software version, MarkUS 2.12, FOBA introduces not only a range of advancements in vision-based laser marking, but also a great potential for cost-savings in direct part marking. The update’s major enhancement is the patent-pending full-field imaging technology FOBA Mosaic which enhances automated mark alignment and saves expenses by making product fixtures obsolete.

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Precise Laser Mark Positioning even without Product Fixtures

At the IMTS in Chicago FOBA will showcase its innovative marking feature MOSAIC, a significant improvement in automated mark alignment, for the first time in the US. A reliable vision-based laser marking process is now even feasible when products are placed without any fixtures in the marking field.

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New Laser for Paint Removal – Highest Precision with 50 Percent Shorter Process Time

FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving presents a new generation of laser markers which meet the latest challenging precision and speed requirements for paint removal, such as day-night-design applications. The international market leader, who has decades of experience in the development of process-oriented laser marking systems, worked in close cooperation with worldwide customers on a laser solution which is custom-made for the most precise layer removal.

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