Claricom, a provider of coding software for food processors and packers, has created a new consultancy unit to help companies to mark, manage and track their goods from the factory to the customer.
"There is increasing commercial pressure for manufacturers to achieve incremental production efficiencies by implementing a best practice approach to package coding andlabelling, avoiding the costs, both overt and hidden, relating to coding errors and related inefficiencies in the manufacturing and supply chains," the company said yesterday.
The division has been set up to help manufacturers save money through the set-up of coding and labelling equipment with packaging validation to ensure that the right product is in the right packaging, with the right over-printedinformation for every production batch.
Claricom also provides a suite of software to help food processors manage plant or coding and labelling information. Thisincludes meeting international requirements on sell-by-dates, barcodes and other compulsory labelling data.
The new unit is staffed by specialists in finance, retail consultancy, artwork management, brand protection and package coding. They will help manufacturers understand thepotential scale of the problem, to quantify its effects and also to receive objective advice on the design and implementation of improvements, the company said.
"The benefits of adopting best practice include reduced production and packaging waste, simpler equipment set-up procedures, larger batch sizes and longer production runs,fewer re-works and fewer withdrawals from customer depot or store," Claricom said in a press release. "Greater package coding reliability can also improve customer relationships,through enhanced brand reputation and, in some situations, delivering enhanced margins by 'selling' additional days of life to the retailer."
A typical manufacturing facility can achieve an annual saving of between £50,000 and £500,000 (€74,000 to €740,000) by taking Claricom's approach to managing its packagecoding operations, the UK-based company claims.