Ensuring a Smooth Production Line from Case Sealer to Case Coder

Across industries, companies have experienced an increase in SKUs, shorter shelf lives for their products, and increased demand for production changeovers over the years. As a result, case coding has become significantly more important in helping the supply chain and logistics function of businesses, allowing manufacturers to track their product as it transitions from supplier to store. Case coding also plays a role in helping businesses brand themselves, letting companies print a graphic or product information on the side of boxes that immediately identifies where that box has come from and its contents.

The printed texts, graphics, and barcodes have to be accurate to ensure that the logistics process runs smoothly. But if there’s an issue with printing, the code can become illegible. This is especially difficult as boxes move from a tape case sealer or hot melt glue case sealer to coder — during this process, codes are vulnerable to misprints due to material handling, debris from the case sealer getting onto the printhead, and more. From there, businesses lose track of data, translating into problems with product integrity, transparency, reputation, and even costly potential legal matters.

Luckily, there are some simple steps manufacturers and plant managers can take to prevent their codes from being smeared, smudged, or otherwise unreadable. And the more responsibility companies take to ensure their case sealers and coders are harmoniously working together, the better their supply chain and logistics function will be. Read more here...