Since the company was founded in 1989, the owner-managed medium-sized company in Bickenbach has stood for high-quality inspection solutions for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries with passion and pioneering spirit. For over 30 years scanware products have been tailored to the individual needs of the practice, are highly specialised and fully comply with the strict GMP requirements. Scanware not only delivers outstanding technical solutions, but also offers comprehensive service, in-depth consulting and application-oriented training. As an internationally oriented company, Scanware works with highly specialised distribution partners to ensure knowledgeable and reliable support worldwide.


As one of the few suppliers on the market, we equip the packaging process along the entire line and, in addition to efficient inspection systems, also offer solutions for printing, labelling, tamper evidence sealing and verification. For serialisation and aggregation applications, our product portfolio includes IMPERA, a process-safe and future-oriented management system that ensures the traceability of products along the entire packaging and supply chain.


Line Management

IMPERA is a comprehensive software for use on packaging lines. It monitors processes and controls all systems involved in them, such as printers, hand scanners and control systems. Furthermore, the line manager takes over the data exchange between the producer's database and the components

Areas of application of the management systems:

  • Line management
  • Machine and component control on packaging lines
  • Serialisation, aggregation and deaggregation
  • Labelling and print inspection on folding box and shipping box


  • Configurable software tailored to your needs and requirements
  • Communication takes place via VDMA XML protocol, XML and CSV files
  • Serialisation and aggregation fully integrated
  • Intuitive user interface, guided learning run and 12 CFR-11 compliant
  • Fast algorithms and high reliability
  • Modular and retrofittable

Blister Inspection

The SPECTRA Scanware systems for optical product and blister inspection of pharmaceutical products offer a reliable solution for every application. Whether in black and white, colour or 3D, whether tablet, cup, capsule, powder or oblong, whether size, fragments or multilayer defects, all inspection systems are tailor-made for your requirements.

Black & white Product Inspection SPECTRA BW

The system SPECTRA BW is mainly installed for quality control on packaging lines in the pharmaceutical sector. It inspects a number of product criteria such as presence, position, shape as well as double fillings and broken items. It is the cost-effective solution for tasks when cross-contamination can be ruled out due to the technical surroundings such as mono lines. Soft- and hardware can always be expanded to enable color inspection. Easy-to-use, reliable and infinitely upgradable system.


  • Magnificent speed and encompassing analytical options
  • All parameters can be used simultaneously – at the same high speed
  • Homogenous, reproducible and adjustable illumination – 16 levels available
  • The system can be upgraded to SPECTRA Color at any time for color inspection

Colour Product Inspection SPECTRA CL

The color inspection system SPECTRA CL is used to detect cross-contamination and other errors such as size, position as well as broken products and double fillings. It is the ideal solution for common inspection tasks. For use in complex tasks, soft- and hardware can be upgraded. Due to the adjustable illumination and highly specialized software, the system offers a lot more than average inspection systems.


  • Magnificent speed and encompassing analytical options
  • All parameters can be used simultaneously
  • Homogenous, reproducible and adjustable illumination – 16 levels available
  • Prime hardware and a large software package based on real-time operating system QNX®
  • The system can be upgraded to SPECTRA High Resolution at any time in case of increasing requirements. That way, specialist requirements can be fulfilled.

High Resolution Colour Product Inspection SPECTRA HR

The high resolution product inspection system SPECTRA HR is used for quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry. Utilizing 3CCD-cam-eras, it offers extraordinarily high color separation which enables the safe fulfilment of tasks involving challenging color and contrast conditions. In combination with the largest software package, it provides unique inspection parameters and options. Inspection of products with minimal differences in color and shape within the same blister at high speed are no challenge for the system.


  • All blister geometries and combinations of product and packaging material can be recognised
  • All parameters can be used simultaneously
  • Homogenous, reproducible and adjustable illumination – 16 levels available
  • Prime hardware and superb software package based on real-time operating system QNX®
  • Inspection of various products in same blister possible
  • Multi-camera systems for challenging applications
  • Applicable for post-seal inspection

3D Product Inspection SPECTRA 3D

SPECTRA 3D is a high-resolution, laser-based image processing system for the inspection of the geometry of packaging material and products to detect distortions, dents and other defects. The geometry of the inspected object is illuminated by a laser. The resulting image is captured by a high-resolution 3D line camera. The image is processed, digitalised and evaluated.


SPECTRA 3D enables the safe inspection in the following cases:

  • Double filling, both stacked and next to each other
  • Broken products next to and underneath the product
  • Capped multi-layered tablets
  • Low-contrast environments such as grey tablet in aluminium blister
  • Powder in minimal dosage

Packaging Inspection

The inspection of primary packaging, such as parenterals and foil, is subject to a variety of tests and controls to ensure the quality of products.

PATERA Parenterals

PATERA Parenterals inspects preparations that enter the body bypassing the intestinal tract. The packaging inspection system is more versatile than any other Scanware system and was developed with an artificial intelligence-based vision technology. PATERA Parenterals is implemented on packaging and labelling machines to eject incorrect products and to eliminate foreign products from being mixed in. This system inspects test objects such as ampoules, vials, syringes and car-pules for various inspection criteria.


  • Artificial intelligence-based vision technology
  • True colour recognition for optimal results
  • Outstanding speed and comprehensive analysis options
  • The lighting is homogeneous, reproducible and adjustable in 16 brightness levels
  • Best hardware and comprehensive software packages based on the QNX® real-time operating system
  • Easy teach-in
  • Simple subsequent teach-in variants / format tests

FOCON Pore Inspection Unit

The system serves the optoelectronical inspection for the detection of pores and cracks in aluminium foil of up to 1,000 mm width. LYNX-FOCON is installed between the forming and the filling stations at a right angle to the travel direction of the foil. If any pores are present, a signal is given to prevent filling and subsequent ejection occurs. The pore detection can run at the speed of up to 1.5 m/s, thus keeping step with all current blister machines. Due to its internal fault monitoring capacities, LYNX-FOCON is self-monitoring, continuously checking system integrity. All outputs are shortcircuit protected and designed for failsafe operation. Detection of pores and microfissures in aluminium lidding and bottom (formed or plane) foil. For the use on machinery without a guide surface, an adapted mechanics can be supplied to minimise external light influences. This enables the use on stick-pack-machines.


  • The system can easily be integrated onto any existing blister machine without machine reprogramming, avoiding extensive software re-validation, thus saving valuable time and costs.
  • High detection capacity down to 25, 50, 100,250 and 500 μm.
  • Internal shift register optional
  • Increases cost-efficiency due to considerably reduced material waste
  • Available in widths of 200 to 1,000 mm
  • Multi-lingual display

Code Inspection

The code inspection of the SIGNUM series enable the inspection of ring codes, bar codes, 2D codes such as DataMatrix, but also large-area prints including optical character recognition (OCV/OCR). The evaluation offers a precise error analysis and functions for optimising the readings.


Ring Code Inspection SIGNUM CL

SIGNUM Ring Codes is a high-resolution colour vision system for inspection of colour codes on ampoules, vials and syringes. Installed on packaging lines, the system detects deficient products and prevents cross-contamination. The system can be used for both single ampoule inspection and inspection of multiple and different products in blisters or trays.


  • Real colour recognition for optimum results
  • Inspection of ringcode and label in one single step
  • Electronically controllable Scanware W-LED illumination for reproducible light conditions
  • Two illumination levels can be evaluated in immediate succession

Code Inspection SIGNUM 1DC/2DC

The Code Inspection SIGNUM Codes is an inspection system verifying codes which is used on packaging machines in the pharmaceutical industry. The Smart Cameras evaluate the prints of 1D- and 2D-codes with extraordinarily high speed. The optional Controller unit includes a PLC to adopt the system to existing machinery.


  • Easy, userfriendly guided teach-in procedure
  • Error analysis enables the optimisation of code printing
  • High reading speed since only relevant areas are read
  • Reads up to 80 DataMatrix- and 150 barcodes per second
  • Available in various builts for an easy and optimized integration
  • All common codes can be decoded
  • Format administration
  • Display of results of all code readers

Print Inspection SIGNUM HR

SIGNUM Print is a highly efficient greyscale vision system and the complete solution for 100% optical inspection of print including characters (OCR/OCV) on packaging materials during the packaging process. It offers recognition capacity, operating features and operator comfort that so far have been known only from most up-to-date vision systems. The high reading speed, integrated illumination and outstanding software make the system the best of its kind.


  • Fast evaluation of data due to smart unicode library
  • Automatic recognition of character orientation
  • Copy of Evaluation Type feature for fast teach-in if object is to be inspected at different locations
  • Multiple camera systems for inspection of large area prints available
  • Automatic teach-in

Track & Trace

The CAPA systems are designed for the packaging process within the scope of track & trace applications. Individual units and packaging groups are provided with labels and these are validated. The processing and aggregation is implemented by Scanware's line manager IMPERA.


Mark & Verify CAPA MV

At the station CAPA Mark & Verify, units are marked with production-specific data and the print is verified. The processing and aggregation of serialised data is handled by IMPERA Management.


  • Movable, modular, robust and ergonomic design
  • Stainless steel housing to protect the station
  • Tool-free adjustment to folding box size
  • High-precision print thanks to precise folding box guidance and ideal use of sensors
  • Integration of major printer systems
  • Supports GS1, IFA, CIP 13, ITS, Bollini IPZS, Royal Vignette Belge and China E-Coding
  • In-house development of control and print inspection system
  • Uniform graphical interface, easy to follow menu and comfortable data input
  • Stable evaluation results independent of the number of taught character patterns
  • Serialization support
  • High-quality standardized parts allow an efficient supply of spare parts
  • Excellent power transmission through planetary gear
  • Implementation of brushless motors

Tamper Evidence CAPA TE


At CAPA Tamper Evidence folding boxes are sealed with tamper-proof labels. Depending on the configuration different features are available from labeling and printing to various inspections.


  • Modular design allows a wide range of functions and solutions
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Tool-free adjustment to folding box size
  • Applicable for all common closing patterns
  • High precision of labels thanks to precise folding box guidance and ideal use of sensors
  • Change of label roll is possible during ongoing operation
  • Supports serialization
  • Operation possible from the front
  • High-quality standardized parts allow an efficient supply of spare parts
  • Excellent power transmission through planetary gear
  • Implementation of brushless motors
  • Housing out of stainless steel to protect the station
  • Movable, robust and ergonomic design

Case Inspection CAPA CI

At CAPA Case prints of folding boxes, bundles and shipper cases are inspected. The data is cross-checked with database entries. The processing and aggregation of serialised data is handled by IMPERA Management.


  • Movable, modular, robust and ergonomic design
  • Housing out of stainless steel to protect the station
  • Implementation of brushless motors
  • Automatic adjustment of camera and illumination module when adding a layer
  • Movable contact edge for fixation of shipper case
  • Excellent power transmission through planetary gear
  • High-quality standardized parts allow an efficient supply of spare parts
  • Uniform graphical interface, easy to follow menu and comfortable data input
  • High camera resolution achieves optimum results
  • Supports serialization and aggregation

Bundle Inspection CAPA BI

The CAPA BI station inspects folding boxes that have been combined into a bundle. A control of single folding boxes is also possible. For the bundle inspection, area scan cameras of the SIGNUM Codes system are used to check 1D and 2D codes for readability and bundle completeness. Aggregation and serialisation of the data can be implemented using the IMPERA Management system by scanware.


  • Compact add-on solution for easy integration into existing systems
  • Different control positions possible (top, front and back)
  • Aggregation possible
  • Modular, robust, mobile and ergonomic design
  • Easy to clean stainless steel housing
  • Brushless motors for wearless drives
  • Serialisation possible through additional component
  • High-quality norm components enable an efficient spare parts supply
  • Common user interface, comprehensible menu navigation and convenient data entry
  • High camera resolution for optimal results
  • System manufacture to customer-specific requirements
  • Precise bundle handling
  • The IMPERA Management system provides for efficient data exchange

Mobile Base Station CAPA MB

CAPA MB station can be easily integrated into existing packaging lines without significant changes and enables thus an enormous space saving. With the compact and flexible Add-on solution CAPA MB station labels with production-specific data is printed and then checked. Depending on requirements the system can be used for the manual aggregation of shipping cartons or pallet and as a rework station. The processing and aggregation of data is controlled by IMPERA Management implemented.


  • Compact add-on solution for easy integration into existing plants
  • Up to two printer mounts
  • Mobile and flexible system for the variable deployment
  • Simple operation through uniform user interface, comprehensible menu navigation and comfortable data input
  • IMPERA Management for smooth data transfer from level 2 to level 3
  • Can be used for manual aggregation of shipping boxes and pallet and rework
  • High-quality standard components enable efficient parts supply
  • Robust, mobile and ergonomic construction
  • Easy to clean stainless steel housing
  • Integration of common printing systems
  • Support of GS1, IFA Coding, CIP 13, IST, Bolllini IPZS, Royal Vignette Belge and China E-Coding


The quality of the systems is Scanware's top priority. In order to be able to guarantee this, the development of the software and the selection and development of the hardware go hand in hand. Scanware equips packaging machines along the entire line; in doing so, operation always remains simple and user-friendly thanks to the uniform menu.


Scanware Service

The all-round lifetime support of our systems not only includes our 24-hour service. In addition, Scanware meets the challenges of the market and develops special solutions in close cooperation with producers. Each system is unique and tailored to the spatial conditions and wishes of our customers.

System Maintenance

To ensure that our systems run at the highest level in your operation and that you can benefit from all Scanware advantages, we are now offering you a service package for preventive system maintenance, which will increase your production efficiency right from the start.

Customized Development

Due to our expertise, companies with special requirements approach us again and again. Solutions are often found for apparently impossible tasks. But we accept every challenge and find the perfect solution for your specific task.

Customised Construction

The spatial conditions on a line often require special enclosures. In addition, Scanware also develops lighting units tailored to the packaging machine if required.


  • Consulting and Project Management
  • Installation and Individual Adaptation
  • Qualification and Validation Documents
  • Target Group Specific Training on Site
  • Technical Support



Scanware solutions are convincing across the board and are used all over the world in a wide range of industries.

  • Pharma
  • Food
  • Cosmetics
  • Contract Packaging
  • Mechanical Engineering

Our References

Whether pharmaceutical, mechanical engineering, contract manufacturer, whether cosmetics or food manufacturer - Scanware offers the optimal optical inspection solutions for the production lines.

Over 3.500 Installations

We supply our customers with innovative, easy-to-use and customised optical inspection solutions for the filling and packaging materials. System quality is our top priority.

Installation examples

The inspection systems from Scanware are characterised above all by their longevity. Numerous customers have already been convinced by the quality of Scanware inspection systems and can confirm a longevity of up to 20 years.

Since the systems, which have been in production for over 20 years, have to be adapted to the latest technology and the requirements of the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries, it is advisable to upgrade existing systems.

In order to keep the acquisition costs of systems manageable, Scanware offers upgrades of already existing systems so that customers achieve considerable cost savings.

Every year, a large number of existing systems are upgraded and the hardware and software are adapted in line with time and requirements. In addition to offering system upgrades, Scanware also guarantees the availability of necessary spare parts for up to 10 years.

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