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.

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.

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.

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

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Human and machine readable 1D and 2D codes

Changing legal requirements and increased demand by consumers and producers to provide more information on an individual product level, drive an increasing demand for the implementation of track & trace solutions in production and packaging lines in the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Tobacco, Cosmetics, Food and Beverage industry.

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Flexible layer separates data handling from the production line

Flexible layer solution

The single-system point-to-point solution (closed single supplier solution) for serialisation is promoted as ready-to-use systems that fulfill all requirements from printing, inspection, data handling and exchange with the supply chain and government servers.

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White papers


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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Customer references

Serialization realized for pharma producers, re-packers and CMO's

Pharmaceutical contract manufacturer

How did a contract manufacturer supply 1,000,000 serialized packages for multiple pharmaceutical customers with varying standards and procedures… and within a network of multiple production sites, contract manufacturers, re-packers and other service providers – and all according to the expected EU regulations to centrally register all the unique codes?

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Implementing serialization in your production line?

Take the next step in your serialization solution layout, implementation or upgrade. Contact us at any stage of your serialization implementation process - from concept studies and first pilots to complete stations in your lines. You can also benefit from our experiences with integration in new machines and upgrade cycles. Contact us today.

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