Coding and marking have come a long way since the concept of a machine-readable barcode was first patented in America in 1949. Innovation in this field has been fuelled by a growing demand for solutions that enable traceability through the entire value chain. It’s also been driven by a demand for coding technology that produces

Bar codes: back to the beginning

Bar codes – and more modern versions such as two-dimensional codes and QR codes – allow organisations around the globe to uniquely identify their products and trace these at every point along the value chain. It’s difficult to imagine life without machine-readable product codes, but this concept has only been in commercial use since the
The highly-successful Propak Cape exhibition, held between October 24 and 26, received positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors. Interactive displays, live demonstrations and technical presentations for the FMCG processing, packaging and allied industries once again made this an industry flagship event with some 6 000 visitors attending during the three-day event. Veteran exhibitor, Pyrotec PackMark,
When it comes to labelling products and cartons, manufacturers and packaging specialists are constantly looking for ways to reduce labour costs whilst simultaneously providing faster, more reliable and accurate labelling solutions. Print and Apply Systems – which create and then apply labels directly onto products or packaging whilst still on the conveyor system – are
Digital technology and data has a valuable role to play in modern production and packaging lines, where speed, efficiency and uptime are the cornerstones of success. Some businesses in this industry have been slower to adopt digital technology than others, especially in the context of “Industry 4.0” where emerging concepts like the Internet of Things
It’s essential for South Africa’s packaging, printing and labelling industries to stay up to speed on the latest technologies and trends on both the global and local scene. Industry leaders will soon gather at Propak Cape, which takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from the 24th until the 26th of October

Traceability through the supply chain

Coding and marking is the way in which essential product and traceability information is displayed on products, labels and packaging. Even before the R146 food labelling regulations were introduced in 2012, all foodstuffs were already required to be marked with batch identification numbers. This was true, too, for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical sectors. Whatever goods

Customised coding and labelling solutions

Pyrotec’s machinery division, Pyrotec PackMark, has launched a new service, known as Line ID (Line Identification), to provide a fully-integrated customised coding and labelling tracking systems for its customers. Line ID assists customers to increase line visibility, while improving efficiency by tracking waste, labour and resources; and limiting downtime by enabling critical decisions to be