Packaging and labelling mistakes account for a high proportion of food product recalls in the UK. Errors like these can have a devastating impact on food manufacturers’ brand and business costs.
Fortunately, many of these can be detected and resolved at an early stage within the manufacturing process, thereby avoiding unnecessary problems. An AutoCoding system allows you to stay in control of your packaging line devices and ensures the accuracy of the information printed on every pack and label.
However, this won’t solve the problem of a mismatch between the product and the packaging itself. So what can be done to avoid putting the wrong product in the wrong packaging? Here we look at the risks around mispackaging and some tips on preventing a product recall.
Everyone knows that prevention is better than cure, and it’s no different when it comes to a product recall. But are you doing everything in your power to stop them from happening?
We take a look at some of the reasons why the packaging hall, while easy to overlook, is a critical area of concern when it comes to preventing a product recall.
If you’re looking to buy AutoCoding, you’ll already be aware of the benefits it can bring to your factory in terms of automating the set up and control of packaging, labelling and coding.
However, with many companies out there all claiming to offer the “best” coding or packaging verification solution for you, how can you be sure you’re getting the right one for your business? And what’s the difference between buying AutoCoding from a specialist, rather than a coding system supplier or a company who specialises in other business areas but also offers these systems too?
For food manufacturers, ensuring products are correctly labelled is no simple task. There are a wide range of data items to consider for every product, from date codes to allergen information, and a single mistake could have far-reaching consequences – including recalls, loss of business with a retailer and lasting reputational damage.
There are many possible causes of food and drink product recalls. Back in 2011, a large-scale study by Queen’s University Belfast examined over 2,070 incidents in the UK, US and Ireland between 2004 and 2010 and identified over 50 distinct types of recall –from packaging defects to chemical, biological and even pest contamination.
But what are the most common causes of food and drink product recalls overall? And where, exactly, should manufacturers focus their efforts to address the risk in the most effective way possible?
In the manufacturing industry, ERP and MES systems are commonly sold as all-encompassing solutions to provide automation, visibility and a single, trustworthy source and flow of information across the entire manufacturing operation.
There are a number of different types of label verification systems on the market. Some are traditional vision-based inspection systems, some automate other areas of the packaging line setup, using barcodes to identify packaging, and they all have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. Understandably, then, there’s no simple answer when it comes to how much they cost.
In recent years, a welcome development in the coding and labelling industry has been for coding system suppliers to start selling their own networking and coding management software to add value.
Investing in an automatic coding and packaging verification system such as AutoCoding isn’t just a way to detect coding and packaging errors in your factory, and protect your business from costly product recalls – it can also contribute significantly to the overall efficiency of your packaging hall.
Over the last decade or so, the UK food and drink manufacturing sector has gradually become more and more aware of the term “AutoCoding”, and more and more aware of the costly problems this technology solves.