Tracking Products through Packaging
Barcodes used to track packaged produce through the supply chain contain important product information that must be verified at multiple points during packaging. Read on to learn how an ABR 3000 barcode reader ensures the barcode on each package is present and correct.
A regional packing house for fresh produce packages cherries and other fresh berries for retail sale in plastic clamshell containers. Each clamshell container is wrapped in a glossy, paperboard sleeve with product information and a barcode printed on it. To help identify the products throughout the supply chain, the barcodes are embedded with information specific to each product and production run.
As part of their track and trace program, the packing house verifies product barcodes at multiple points during packaging, creating a record that will allow the company to quickly identify and isolate any product with quality issues in the event of a recall.
The ABR 3000 is a powerful imager-based barcode reader capable of decoding the widest range of 1D and 2D barcodes. The ultracompact, IP65-rated housing fits easily in very small spaces and the laser alignment tool enables rapid deployment. An intuitive software programming environment simplifies device setup and management and the Smart Teach push button allows users to teach codes directly on the device.
Deployed along the packaging line, the ABR 3000 verifies that the barcode printed on each package is present, readable, and correct for each production run. A green "good-read" LED light and an integrated beeper provide local indication of each inspection. The information contained in the barcodes is sent via an Ethernet connection to the company’s production management system which records the data.
The ABR 3000 features a bank of integrated white LED lights that illuminate the inspection area, optimizing the contrast levels between the barcode and the surrounding packaging. A polarizing front window eliminates glare reflected back to the barcode reader from the glossy packaging and image filters improve the readability of low-quality codes. Barcode quality can be evaluated using the Code Grading feature included with Barcode Manager software, making it easy to identify and resolve code issues early.