Kroger installs Avery Weigh-Tronix Eyecon pharmacy automation machines

Tabletop system automatically validates, counts, fills prescriptions

LIVONIA, Mich. — Kroger is installing Avery Weigh-Tronix's tabletop pharmacy automation systems in its stores, Avery said.

The Eyecon is an automated prescription validation, counting and filling system that Avery said enhances inventory management by improving filling accuracy. The machine includes the Visual Counting System, using machine vision technology that increases counting and filling speed by up to 76% over manual counting and filling with a camera mounted above the counting tray that captures five images per second and counts pills within 200 milliseconds.

"Using the Eyecon to count solid-dosage form products saves us time," Kroger pharmacy project manager Mike Menkhaus said. "We noticed a difference, particularly for product audits and physical inventory counts, making the system a great investment."

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