The U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Start Using Laser Systems

The ever-increasing number of applications for laser technologies in our world always amazes us here at Seiffert Industrial.

Food & Drug AdministrationLasers are highly accurate and amazingly quick, making them great for use in data systems.

When precise information must be obtained quickly, laser technologies show an amazing capacity for data retrieval in any application.

The power of laser technologies for the marking and identification of important items is even being implemented by governmental agencies.

This article published by Industrial Laser Solutions discusses the recent decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use laser systems for medical device marking and identification.

The U.S. FDA has announced a new rule that requires all medical devices to be marked by a unique device identifier, or UDI. Medical device manufacturers are now required to mark everything from hip stems to bone plates to catheters and more with these UDIs.

This identification system is meant to improve certain administration concerns, from assigning liability in cases of product defects to improving patient traceability.

Of the marking methods available for applying and scanning UDIs, laser marking poses plenty of benefits over other forms of device marking.

Screen-printing, ink jet marking, chemical etching and others can affect the surface of a product or may even introduce toxic chemicals into a patient’s system.

Although laser marking renders a UDI, which is clearly visible, the surface remains unchanged and it creates a high-precision mark, which is permanent.

Manufacturers of medical devices will now have to scramble to make sure that 100 percent of their products have these laser-marked UDIs applied to the surface of their implants and other products.

Here at Seiffert Industrial, we’re never surprised to hear about how lasers are making more of an impact on our modern world in the 21st Century.

If you’re ready to see how lasers can improve any industrial or factory operations, check out our long list of equipment inventoried directly on our website.