Roland DG Launches METAZA MPX-95 Direct Part Marking Solution for Medical Instrument Traceability

Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital fabrication tools including 3D milling Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital fabrication tools including 3D milling machines, 3D printers and engravers, today announced the launch of the METAZA MPX-95 DPM barcode impact printing solution, for the affordable track and trace of medical instruments.

The MPX-95 DPM solution permanently marks medical instruments such as scalpels and forceps. With its diamond stylus and powerful impact force, the MPX-95 solution can imprint on a wide variety of materials including stainless steel, titanium, iron, platinum and softer substrates such as gold, silver, brass, copper, nickel and aluminium at high speed and with pinpoint accuracy. Imprinting individual medical instruments with a serial number, 2D symbol or other markings enables management of those instruments, including stock availability, location, usage history and maintenance records.

Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG DPM Manager, Easy Shape Business Development HQ, said, “Regulatory bodies worldwide are seeking a comprehensive management system for instruments used at medical facilities in order to reduce the risk of infection and ensure the safety of patients. In the United States, the FDA Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation, which requires that all medical devices display a unique identifier, began being phased in from September 2014 and is expected to become compulsory in the EU and Asian countries within the next few years.”

The MPX-95 DPM solution quickly creates 2D DataMatrix barcodes to GS1*1 standards and imprints them on the surface of medical instruments in areas as small as one square millimetre by using dot pin marking to permanently mark surfaces and prevent erasure without the risk of corrosion. A removable base table and plate enables a wide variety of types and sizes of medical instruments to be marked with identifiers. The MPX-95 also comes standard with a laser pointer that assists in identifying the area to be marked so that even healthcare workers without digital technology experience can easily and accurately apply marking with no special training required. The DPM solution consists of software that generates unique identifiers for each instrument, as well as a gripping vice, a sliding vice and clamp pins to hold instruments in place while they are being marked. Both vices allow the position of the item to be fine-tuned by aligning it with the laser pointer after it has been clamped.

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*1 The GS1 DataMatrix is a standard for 2D symbols determined by the GS1 international body for barcodes, symbols and electronic data transfer. It provides electronics manufacturers and medical facilities worldwide a standardised method to display symbols on instruments. Information on item code, usage limits, lot number, serial number and more can be stored within 26 bytes and read using a special scanner.