Print and Verify Track and Trace Codes

Aug 25, 2023 | Blog

print and verify track and trace codes

Systems from Pineberry Manufacturing handle flat or erect cartons. 

A major international pharmaceutical company contacted Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. It needed to serialize its products and support traceability throughout its supply chain to comply with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in the U.S., the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) in the European Union and other international market requirements.

The problem: Limited footprint and budget required a compact system to print and verify serialized codes on flat and erect cartons.

A few weeks later, the CartonTrac FC flat carton and CartonTrac EC erect carton series of packaging and pharmaceutical serialization systems were delivered. Flat cartons are placed on the Pineberry HSF 12 friction feeder and dispensed singly on a vacuum conveyor, which passes a drop-on-demand inkjet printer for application of variable serialized data. An integrated camera system verifies code data before the printed blanks move onto a shingling conveyor.

Erect cartons are placed onto a vacuum conveyor and travel toward a drop-on-demand inkjet printer for application of variable serialized data. An integrated camera system verifies code data before continuing to the packing department.

“Our CartonTrac series for flat and erect carton packaging and serialization systems are available as turnkey systems or as specialty feeding units integrated to existing structures,” explains David McCharles, President of Pineberry Manufacturing. He adds, “These robust units not only eliminate consumables and downtime, but also have a small footprint to fit next to automated cartoners, a work station or as a semiautomatic solution. Our ability to adapt to a large, changing industry with heavy regulations has made us a trusted manufacturer in the pharmaceuticals and packaging industries. The Pineberry CartonTrac packaging and serialization series marks flat and erect cartons, bags, pouches, leaflets and other packaging materials to add track-and-trace information, barcodes, date and lot codes, UDI codes, labels, logos and inserts…. Our serialization systems produce the cleanest codes on the market, verified with an in-line reader and cannot be tampered with. Cartons are controlled with precision.”

With longer supply chains and rising eCommerce sales providing more opportunities for counterfeiters, regulations to serialize and trace products are or soon will be in place in more than 40 countries. Deadlines set to comply with the DSCSA and FMD are fast approaching. Manufacturers, wholesale distributors, repackagers and pharmaceutical supply chains face significant packaging line upgrades to meet current and emerging regulations, but can reap business benefits. With serialization, wholesalers are able to identify inventory down to a specific unit and track it internally. Pharma companies, contract manufacturers and contract packagers should have already been taking steps to ensure lines are serialization-ready.

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*As seen in the PACK EXPO Show Daily – Wednesday, October 17, 2018.