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Packaging intelligence for improved supply chain transparency

Markem-Imaje has launched six packaging intelligence solutions designed to help manufacturers digitalise their supply chains more easily and cost-effectively, thereby optimising profitability and reducing waste. They are scalable, end-to-end, seamlessly integrated solutions that can be used on their own or together.

They are based on the CoLOS® information management system, which delivers proven effectiveness in reducing production waste thanks to improved efficiency and traceability, with more than 17,000 units installed worldwide.

Product Tracking: Creates unique fingerprints and aggregates data so that products are seamlessly trackable at item, case and pallet levels, delivering reliability and safety for distributors, resellers and users. The solution not only makes recalls more efficient but also identifies product diversion and helps prove counterfeiting.

Promotional Coding: Makes it easier to use packaging to create uninterrupted digital promotions. Removes the need for costly real-time controllers and hardware which limit campaigns to a few lines or require pre-printed materials. Unique codes are printed on demand, even at high speeds.

Line & Data Management: Improves data accuracy and line efficiency by enabling seamless manual and automated data and information processing, marking and coding, including full integration with third-party systems such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems).

Pallet Tracking: Enables seamless pallet tracking through the automatic application of compliant tracking labels containing real-time data, with no impact on production rates. Improves traceability and compliance with supply chain and distribution requirements, minimising retailer fines and delivery rejections.

Coding Integrity: Minimises rework and scrap by identifying product coding errors in real time.

Packaging Integrity: Avoids waste caused by pre-printed packaging material errors by confirming that codes are being printed on the material with the correct orientation.

As part of its efforts to improve its customer service, Markem-Imaje is also introducing a Consulting and Integration Services team which helps customers select, integrate and implement the most appropriate solution.