Track and trace technology in the SA FMCG industry
Issued by TracePack - Jul 26th 2018, 15:42
One of the most important aspects of the manufacturing process of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in South Africa, is the use of high-quality coding and marking systems to provide full traceability for the manufacturer and authentic information for the end user.
These printing systems provide specific details pertaining to manufacturing dates, expiry dates, lot numbers, etc. of the finished product, while also improving the visibility and efficiency of the product during manufacturing, thus reducing lettering errors and costly re-working.
Brand Protection Against Counterfeit Products
Apart from using the codes and marks to track and provide verification and visibility during the manufacturing and logistics processes, these systems also provide brand protection for companies wanting to secure their brand against counterfeit products, a rapidly increasing problem in South Africa.
Understandably, the FMCG industry requires reliable, high-speed printing solutions, which both Tracepack and Pagemark provide through a range of customised, innovative solutions for the FMCG industry, as well as many others.
South African Coding and Marking Companies
TracePack and Pagemark are both South African companies which act as distributors for several recognised coding and printing equipment suppliers. While Tracepack specialises in the sale of equipment used to mark, code or label products, Pagemark is experts in electronic document and printing technologies.
TracePack offers three specific technologies to the FMCG industry in South Africa;
• Continuous Inkjet Printing (CIJ)
• High-Speed Laser Marking and Coding
• PeltaTM Technology
Continuous Inkjet Printing (CIJ) for the FMCG Industry
TracePack’s continuous inkjet printers (CIJ) print high-quality images at some of the highest speeds and fastest drying times in the industry – all without clogging the nozzle! This reliable and affordable method of printing is perfect for the FMCG industry as the continuous inkjet printers can print on virtually any surface or substrate as well as print in any direction or angle. Since the printing method involves no actual contact with the product, there is no chance of the printing equipment damaging the merchandise.
High-Speed Laser Marking and Coding for Harsh Production Environments
Unlike CIJ printers, Tracepack’s high-speed laser marking and coding systems require no consumables and can endure harsher production environments. The range of lasers includes; small character lasers, CO2 lasers, as well as specialist film and foil encryption lasers which are well-suited to the packaged goods market – especially within the food and beverage, household and industrial markets. Laser marking machines are used to indicate manufacturing, expiry and best before dates, and include alphanumeric codes which are printed on high-speed production lines of up to 600m/min.
In addition to conducting marking and encryption, these lasers have a range of accessories that allow them to be used to score, slit and cut plastic films and foils on flexible packaging, making it easier for the consumer to open the finished product.
PeltaTM Technology for Secure Document Authentication
The PeltaTM technology, offered by Pagemark, utilises a standard 2D code but adds a second layer of hidden information to the code. This second layer of data is encrypted in a proprietary format which can only be decrypted using Pagemark’s software together with a custom key. Because of this encryption ability, Pagemark has won the respect of and works with many governments and companies who want to achieve secure document authentication.
Industrial Labelling Systems
Tracepack distributes a range of high-performance labellers, labelling systems and print & apply systems designed for the industrial environment, which supplement its range of specialist printing equipment
Find Your Merchandise Anywhere with Geo-Track and Trace
The increasing need for tracking and tracing merchandise from the factory to its destination is supported by Informed Decisions, which offers the ability to implement geo-tracking of all coded products. Should a product be scanned at an unscheduled destination, Informed Decisions’ software will send an immediate notification to the manufacturer, alerting them to this deviation and possible theft.
Tracepack and Pagemark can customise individual solutions for companies focused on brand-building, product traceability, increased safety and quality assurance, that deliver every time.
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The International Organization of Standardization (ISO) defines traceability as “The ability to trace the history, application or location of a product by means of recording movement of product through data capturing technology.” According to the European Union General Food Law Regulation traceability “means the ability to track any food, feed, food-producing animal or substance that will be used for consumption, through all stages of production, processing, and distribution.”
Today food manufacturers need to identify and track every ingredient for every one of their products from the farm, through processing, packaging, distribution and to the consumer. The farm-to-fork trend has seen consumers become more invested in knowing the origins and overall quality of their food and concern for sustainable sourcing and food safety practices has taken precedence in the move to greater awareness with food consumption globally.
Each year, corporations and individuals lose billions in revenue due to theft of copyright, trademarked and proprietary information. Businesses suffer losses due to unauthorized use or imitation of company logos on counterfeit products. Intellectual property infringement involves taking someone’s original work and copying or modifying it, it can also pose a threat to public safety through the manufacture of counterfeit, sub-standard products, resulting in the loss of brand confidence and liability claims. Brand protection means protecting the product line, from copyright and trademark infringement to safeguarding patents.