AutoCoding Blog

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

Should you buy “AutoCoding” from your coding system supplier?

Aug 10, 2017 | Graham Podmore | autocoding

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.

How AutoCoding can improve efficiency in the packaging hall

Aug 8, 2017 | Graham Podmore | autocoding

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.

What is AutoCoding?

Aug 2, 2017 | Graham Podmore | autocoding

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.

Label verification vs AutoCoding: What’s the difference?

Jul 31, 2017 | Graham Podmore | packaging compliance, food labelling, food packaging

Is your food manufacturing business looking for a technological solution to tackle labelling errors in the packaging hall?

If so, there’s a good chance you’ll have encountered a couple of different terms used to describe this kind of solution: label verification and AutoCoding.

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Back in January, the regulator published data to show some 121 food products were withdrawn from our shelves in 2015 – more than twice as many as in 2014, when the figure was just 56.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.

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