AutoCoding Blog

The latest information and thought leadership for labelling systems in the food manufacturing industry

What would a product recall cost your business?

Jul 21, 2017 | Graham Podmore | product recall

Food product recalls in the UK are on the rise, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Back in January, the regulator published data to show some 121 food products were withdrawn from our shelves in 2015 – more than twice as many as in 2014, when the figure was just 56. And this wasn’t a freak occurrence: the FSA’s projections for 2016 suggest an even higher number may be on the cards when data from last year is available.

Do you need label verification?

Jul 20, 2017 | Graham Podmore | food labelling, label verification

Label verification systems – or, more specifically, end-of-line vision inspection systems – are often billed as a silver bullet for all of a manufacturer’s problems when it comes to date coding and packaging accuracy. A vision system offers the potential to check finished products with a speed, accuracy and consistency no human can match, picking up on any number of faults that would otherwise be overlooked.

5 tips on product recall prevention

Jul 18, 2017 | Graham Podmore | packaging compliance, product recall

If you’re a decision-maker in the food and drink manufacturing industry, there’s a good chance there’s nothing quite like the prospect of a product recall to keep you awake at night. Having a product withdrawn from shelves is costly in the short term, damaging to your brand in the long term, and in the worst cases a serious threat to public health.

How can manufacturers comply with retailer codes of practice on coding and packaging?

Jun 30, 2017 | Graham Podmore | packaging compliance, food packaging

In response to the introduction of stricter rules, regulations and codes of practice set by retailers, food manufacturers have recognised the need to change their packaging, labelling and date code processes in order to keep compliant. Breaches of these codes of practice can result in substantial penalties as well as loss of reputation.

Is your packaging automation system compatible with the IIoT world?

Jun 27, 2017 | Graham Podmore | IIoT, food packaging

Recently we got to grips with how exactly the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is relevant to food and drink manufacturers.

How to calculate accurate OEE data

Jun 22, 2017 | Graham Podmore

In any factory there should be a desire to ensure all equipment is working to the maximum efficiency and output. Failure to do so results in higher operating costs and reduced profits.

How to get real-time data from the packaging hall

Jun 19, 2017 | Graham Podmore | food packaging

Access to real-time data is crucial for factories to excel in both food safety and efficiency. Recording real-time events is essential in order to provide an accurate understanding of efficiency and downtime losses, enabling proactive steps to be taken to improve.

Food labelling best practices to avoid a product recall

Jun 14, 2017 | Graham Podmore | packaging compliance, food labelling

Best practices in labelling are just as important as best practices in production. Your customers rely on you to communicate accurately with them (such as listing the correct ingredients or allergens) and when things are incorrectly labelled – potentially resulting in a product recall – your brand's reputation is put at risk.

How can I improve date coding and packaging accuracy?

May 24, 2017 | Graham Podmore | food packaging

Accurate date coding and food packaging is essential to today’s food and drink manufacturers who need to cut costs and improve quality in their packaging process in order to meet increased customer expectation and improve efficiency in the packaging hall.

Date coding and IIoT: How future-proof is your AutoCoding solution?

May 16, 2017 | Graham Podmore | IIoT

We’re in the midst of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) revolution and now more than ever, food manufactures should not only be embracing automation and IIoT technology, but looking at their existing solutions to ensure their systems are sustainable and future-proof.

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