Coding system targets quality

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In the UK, leading food manufacturer Katsouris Fresh Foods has
installed a Claricom Package Coding Management System in a drive to
increase efficiency and eliminate the risk of product recalls due
to coding errors.

In the UK, leading food manufacturer Katsouris Fresh Foods has installed a Claricom Package Coding Management System in a drive to increase efficiency and eliminate the risk of product recalls due to coding errors.

The Claricom system chosen by Katsouris allows centralised network control of on-pack coding, which is said to remove the need for excessive manual data input and provides a logical, rule-based approach to ensure the accuracy of all variable coding data.

The Claricom Clarisoft Generic Image Design Software is used to compile and maintain a centralised technical database of product coding specifications (Use By Dates, Price etc.) and associated message designs for all of Katsouris's product lines. By using a single controlled source of all coding information, duplicate systems or repeated data entry are avoided, Claricom claims.

The software is said to establish a set of rules to ensure the coding information is relevant and accurate to the product. This approach also allows flexibility with regard to changes in coding information, such as pricing promotions - by amending the criteria, the software works out the relevant changes across the product lines.

In addition, all of the coding information can be managed off-line, which Claricom says further reduces the scope for errors and ensures consistent coding across all lines.

Katsouris is currently comissioning Phase 2 of the installation where on-line bar code reading equipment is automatically activated to ensure that every single carton or sleeve matches the selected product, ensuring it is in the correct carton.

An important consideration for Katsouris was that the open platform Claricom system was compatible with all leading makes and models of coding and labelling equipment. This functionality has allowed Katsouris to operate the system across its existing ink jet coders and allows for greater flexibility in future equipment purchases.

Claricom is working with Katsouris to further develop its coding procedures, and is now providing continuous verification along the whole of the production line.

"Accurate and flexible coding is crucial to the success of our production,"​ explained Richard Vaughan, technical manager at Katsouris. "Not only does the Claricom system remove the risk of manual input errors, but the software is easily programmed to cope with any potentiality.

"Since the system went on-line, the factory has not experienced any recalls due to date coding errors."

Katsouris is currently in the process of rolling out the Claricom system to its other two factories.

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