By Dalton McKee, Automation Engineer at Acquire
Direct marking and coding refers to the use of industrial printers to mark products with information that shows when, where, and by whom a product was manufactured. This could be in the form of text, barcodes, data matrixes, or other unique identifiers. Below are 4 things you can do with automated direct marking and coding:
1. Track Your Products
The need for traceability and accountability during the manufacturing and packaging processes has led to significantly more direct marking and coding applications. Products can be coded with manufacturer timestamps, location, production line number, and unique identifiers. Serial numbers, Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTIN), and Manufacturing Part Numbers (MPN), can be used to add identifiers for a product line or individual manufactured part.
2. Reduce Your Risk of Recall
In the food and beverage industry, including a “sell by” date can drastically reduce your risk of a recall. In the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, expiration dates and lot numbers are crucial.
3. Ensure FDA Compliance
Direct part marking and coding solutions are essential for record keeping that meets CFR 21 Part 11 regulations with the FDA.
4. Decrease Manual Labor and Increase Accuracy
By automating the encoding, marking, and inspection, you will decrease your manual labor while immensely increasing accuracy and ensuring that only the expected products reach downstream equipment. In addition, it almost entirely eliminates mismarked or unmarked products.
Our team has paired the concept of direct marking and coding with flexible machine vision systems to provide verification of markings and codes. With our Mark and Verify solution, marked products can be verified immediately after printing to ensure quality and that the correct product runs through the machines. The Mark and Verify solution is extremely modular allowing for any printer manufacturer and any printer type (ink jet, laser, thermal transfer, etc.) to be utilized and can use a vast array of vision equipment ranging from barcode readers to smart cameras. We have a single interface designed for direct access to the printer, the vision, and other production tools. Our off the shelf system is expandable out to 8+ cameras for additional checks on the production line as well.
To learn more, talk to a member of our team.