Last year AutoCoding Systems, specialists in the automation of packaging line devices, worked in conjunction with a major retailer to implement guidelines to ensure all products supplied to them always have the right packaging, label and date code.
Suppliers should subject each finished product pack to an on-line automatic system to verify the use of the correct product packaging and coding. Each packaging line is controlled by a line terminal which communicates with a central database holding key product information and relevant coding profiles, including date rules, promotions and concessions relating to individual SKUs.
Data is pushed to the relevant line devices thus eliminating the need for manual set-up with the associated risk of error. Packaging is verified by scanning of a 2D code, or other mark, to ensure the correct packaging components are continuously used during a production run.
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