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.
Is your food manufacturing business looking for a technological solution to tackle labelling errors in the packaging hall?
Back in January, the regulator published data to show some 121 food products were withdrawn from our shelves in 2015 – more than twice as many as in 2014, when the figure was just 56.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.
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.
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 Having a product withdrawn from shelves is costly in the short term, damaging to your brand in the long term, and in the worst cases a serious threat to public health.
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.
Recently we got to grips with how exactly the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is relevant to food and drink manufacturers.
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.