Reducing the cost of human error in the supply chain

02 December 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202021430

Food & Beverage
ICT In Industry
Instrumentation, Measurement & Control
Packaging
Reducing the cost of human error in the supply chain

WHILE the global FMCG sector is under pressure from regulators and consumers demanding full product traceability throughout the supply chain, retailers also insist on quality stock on demand at profitable prices.

That’s according to Pyrotec PackMark’s General Manager Brandon Pearce, who said there are a number of reasons why brand owners need to incorporate marks or codes on their products or packaging.

“To protect manufacturers and consumers, coding and marking ensures security throughout the supply chain. It also makes traceability possible, providing a record of reliability for products, and makes efficient stock control possible.”

For consumers, “best by” and “use by” dates confirm that the product is safe to consume. These markings also help consumers to derive the most value from their purchases and reduce food waste.

Pearce said that for coding and marking to be effective it needs to be error free and, despite the automated machinery on today’s production lines, human error is always a possibility. “This is where the advantages of centralised data management through integrated machinery networking come to the fore.

“Besides a vast portfolio of Markem-Imaje’s coding, marking and labelling equipment that’s exclusively distributed by Pyrotec PackMark in South Africa, we also offer Markem-Imaje’s CoLOS software applications that are engineered to complement its coding equipment.”

He said the CoLOS software allows manufacturers to integrate equipment networks throughout the production line into one central system. “By standardising data input, human error is reduced. This saves time, improves production flow, and drastically reduces long-term costs.”

CoLOS consists of a number of software options to meet a variety of end-of-line production requirement. These include options for packaging coding, message design, the management of complex labels and codes, and the ability to operate multiple printers from one platform.

The software also provides real-time data about production processes by linking production plans to individual printers on a line. It monitors the productivity and efficiency of each machine, and automates the selection of data for printing, reducing the need for human intervention. In turn, this reduces the risk of operator errors and provides accurate performance reports.

“CoLOS offers seamless integration for diverse industries and it supports all production control systems.”

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