Track and trace goods throughout the supply chain
There are several reasons packaging traceability is important. The first is the overall safety of consumer products, which must be continuously monitored and occasionally recalled. Second is the security of products which are increasingly threatened by counterfeiting and theft like luxury goods and cosmetics. And lastly, there are global regulations that must be met to provide a trail of information that follows each item through the supply chain. To ensure proper packaging traceability, producers must be able to quickly identify and locate products in the supply chain.
To achieve this, many companies use 2D barcodes, vision systems, and image-based barcode readers as key components in a simple yet robust traceability system. Data Matrix codes have been adopted as standard in many applications because they allow the storage of information such as manufacturer, product ID, lot number, expiry, and even a unique serial number.
Track and trace solutions assure full compliance with safety and traceability laws by capturing an image of a code at each scan point and storing its encoded data in a central database. Cognex barcode readers reliably read 1D and 2D codes at read rates of 99.9% regardless of barcode quality or orientation. Image-based barcode readers have the speed and accuracy to ensure packages of all shapes and sizes are properly sorted, picked, stored, or shipped and can be easily identified and located in the event of a product recall. In-Sight vision systems with OCRMax technology read alphanumeric date/lot codes and store the information in a central database that can track and trace goods throughout the supply chain.