DNP Develops Printed Materials Inspection System Boosts Efficiency through Image Matching

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) is pleased to announce the development of a Printed Materials Inspection System that uses image matching for timely and accurate inspection of printed materials, including proofreading and inspection services on acceptance of printed materials, such as the statement of the efficacy of pharmaceuticals and handling instructions for equipment. The new service was launched on July 7, 2014.

[Summary of the New System]

Based on the Good Manufacturing Practice stipulated by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, companies handling such printed materials as the labels on pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical devices are obligated to lodge an acceptance inspection record of materials. And in order to boost the efficiency and improve the precision of acceptance inspection operations that have so far been carried out via visual inspection by many makers of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical devices, DNP has marketed an image matching system that automatically detects faults.

On this occasion, in answer to the many requests not only from pharmaceutical makers, but also food and beverage makers, DNP has added a function to the image matching system that boosts the efficiency of proofreading operations when producing printed materials making it possible to perform speedy and accurate proofreading at each manufacturer and of acceptance inspections for printed materials at factories. As a result, the Company is now in a position to provide total support for printed materials quality improvements, as well as human error countermeasures.   

[Functions of the Printed Materials Inspection System]

1.  Achieving efficiency improvements through PDF data matching

The newly developed system matches PDF data extracted from DTP data on a pre- and post- proofreading basis, and displays the altered portions. The system automatically aligns the text necessary for matching purposes, making it possible for anyone, including non-specialists, to perform matching in a speedy manner. As a result, it has been possible to not only achieve substantially improved matching of the modified portions that were originally done via a visual inspection, but also reduce omissions and faults.

2.  Preserves matching results and images

The entire proofreading process is recorded as digital data. And as proofreading PDF data from each stage of the process, such as first and second proofs, and results displaying the points of difference following matching are also automatically stored as data, by converting that data to a PDF format, it is possible for multiple managers to perform checks at any one time, and to make reviews by retroactively tracing back through the process.

3.  Compatible with a variety of data formats

Apart from PDF data it is also possible to match other forms of image data where the printed materials have been scanned, such as BMP, PNG and TIFF. As a result, the newly developed system is also compatible with acceptance operations of printed materials at factories, and it is now possible to offer total support for printed materials proofreading and inspection operations.

4.  Compatible with windows 8.1

The newly developed system is compatible with Windows 8.1 (32-Bit edition)


Sample: detection of truncated text


Cost: 3.6 million yen (on a pre-tax basis)

Standard Hardware Set up: One A3 color scanner, one original computer with built-in image processing software (including built-in writable DVD drive), two 17 inch LED displays, and one A4 color ink-jet printer).

[Looking Ahead]

Apart from pharmaceutical, cosmetics and medical device makers, DNP will also market the newly developed system to food and beverage makers aiming for sales of 100 million yen by fiscal year 2017.

* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.