Bar coding is in integral part of batching systems in order to match up pre-measured, hand-add kits with proper batches and to make lot tracking or genealogy a practical task. Pallet loads of ingredients that are added through a bag-dump or a super sack that is a batch ingredient can be identified through bar coding and included in the electronic batch record for those batches into which they were included.
Fork truck operators can be directed to specific locations to retrieve a pallet of bagged ingredients and then scan in the destination upon arrival to complete the transaction.
The contents of bulk silos can be tracked to the specific trucks that delivered their contents through both bar coding the order deliveries and the automation to set up the delivery path to the desired location as directed by the bar coded delivery.
Truck management within a facility can also be directed through bar codes as assigned upon weigh-in and order matching.
IBC (Tote) Tracking and Workflow Management
Bar coding can be used in IBC (tote) applications to verify that the proper bin is location over a specific location such as a tablet press in a pharmaceutical application. In this example each bin has a unique identification bar code so that its placement can be verified, but the state of that bin can also be tracked as to its contents or whether it is full or empty or whether it needs to go through a wash station or whether it is clean and ready to be reintroduced into the process.
In a “bin tracking” application the bin might be required to travel to various locations for processing (tumble mixing) and/or perhaps additional ingredient addition or perhaps processed through a mill. When a fork truck operator goes to a bin, the bin can be scanned and its current state displayed on the bar code gun along with the next destination / activity.
When placed in the fixtures of a blender, the bin’s bar code can also tell the blender which mix cycle to use. Both the ingredient tracking along with the work history can be captured for each bin and then that information transferred to the target product such as in the tablet press example given earlier.
- Synchronize a roll-forming line to match the required assembly of queued components.
- Directing the delivery of finished product to a specific location
- Transferring product from the process to a warehouse management system