Traceability through serialization

Reduce counterfeiting - increase consumer information

The ability to trace individual products through the supply chain is becoming increasingly important to fight counterfeiting and increase consumer safety. This applies to the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, tobacco as well as to the food & beverage industries.

There are two main challenges to achieve a comprehensive traceability through serialization solution:
  1. Managing the data internally, with supply chain partners, and with the consumer oriented servers
  2. Changing the production hardware and processes.
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While traditional lot and batch level traceability provides a level of supply chain risk management, serialization provides item-level traceability. This means individual items can be traced from manufacture, right through distribution and retail to end consumer use.  Among the many benefits this includes ensuring individual items are authentic and whether they have been distributed via legitimate channels.
To meet these challenges two main ‘philosophies’ have arisen to deal with the new data management and production process demands -  the single-system point-to-point (closed single supplier) solution or the flexible ‘layer’ solution. By separating data handling from the production line, the flexible layer solution brings numerous systems benefits.

The basics: what you need to know about traceability

Human and machine readable 1D and 2D codes

and their usage in packaging and traceability applications.

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Why is flexible layer solution a better option?

The flexible layer solution in serialization delivers several advantages over single system point-to-point (closed single supplier) solutions, such as easy tailoring, high flexibility, ease-of-use and fast integration.

The current situation in the pharmaceutical industry

The ability to trace individual products through the supply chain to the consumer has been a crucial development within the pharmaceutical industry. This has resulted in various legislation being enacted around the world including the Falsified Medicine Directive (FMD) and the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA).

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The current situation in food safety applications

Product recalls caused by food safety concerns damage a brand's reputation and causes long term consumer dissatisfaction.

  • Vision Inspection is Vital for Brand Protection

    High consumer expectations regarding food safety as well as new legal requirements mean that food and beverage processing and packaging companies have a growing need for vision systems that check whether information on a package or label has been applied correctly.
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    Inspection systems for product traceability

    Discover how inspection systems with pharmaceutical application packages can integrate serialized codes into ERP systems. And, how all other inspection tasks can be set up in one system accessible via one interface.
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  • How vision inspection protects brand reputation

    Product recalls caused by food safety concerns damage a brand's reputation and causes long term consumer dissatisfaction. Read how traceability via vision inspection is increasingly being seen as the best strategy to minimize such product liability, and therefore helps protect valuable brand equity.
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