|Serialization denotes the allocation of a unique numeric / alphanumeric “serialization number” to a saleable item and the storage of this number in a (secure) database to enable unequivocal identification of any given item throughout its lifecycle. To facilitate automated read-out and verification the serialization number is encoded into a machine-readable data carrier, usually in form of a barcode.
Track & Trace denotes the process of determing the current location (Track) or a past location (Trace) of an item, e.g. in case of theft or diversion. A true Track & Trace system requires aggregation: In addition to the sales pack higher levels of the packaging hierarchy (e.g. bundles, shipping cases, pallets) are serialized as well, with the according parent-child relationship being established in the database.
* The generation, allocation, handling and storage of vast quantities of serialization numbers across different packaging levels and the subsequent track & trace operations require dedicated IT architectures and high-capacity software applications.*/>
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The application of a barcode to an item’s outer packaging usually occurs as part of the packaging process by means of inkjet or laser printing. This requires dedicated and powerful in-line printing systems and in-line vision systems. The in-line vision systems serve (a) to read-out and check the encoded information for correctness and completeness and (b) to inspect the printing quality of the barcode. Printing and inspecting barcodes with variable content can be challenging and directly impacts line efficiency. In pharmaceutical applications, a minimum print quality level is also often mandated by national regulations or imposed by industry expectations.
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|The serialization number is usually complemented with further static and variable product information (e.g. lot/batch number, expiration date). An augmented Serialization / Track & Trace system could thus do a lot more than provide the means to detect and investigate counterfeits and to meet regulatory requirements:
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