manufacturing trends

Trendspotting at the SAPInsider Conference

Ken Moir Industry news Leave a Comment

Last week I attended the SAPInsider Conference in Copenhagen. The conference focused on the future of manufacturing, and many of the keynotes and sessions highlighted how digitally transforming manufacturing was the key to competing in today’s marketplace and meeting the demands of modern consumers. Logistics in a fully-connected world The grand vision that dominated the conference was the idea of …

food labeling

The future of food labeling systems

Metka Silar Sturm Food and beverage 1 Comment

The food and beverage industry is changing. There are many factors that contribute: rising concerns over food allergens, increased awareness of food additives, a heightened focus on sustainability and the locavore movement, medium-large size manufacturers merging to keep pace with the competitive marketplace. Labeling has never played a more crucial role in food and beverage businesses. Modern label management systems …

Pharmaceutical Survey

Survey reveals the importance of standardized label management in the pharmaceutical industry

Ken Moir Pharmaceutical Leave a Comment

NiceLabel recently produced a survey in cooperation with Pharmaceutical Manufacturing on the state of label management in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred key decision makers involved in the selection and purchase of label management systems in the pharma and biopharma were surveyed. These key individuals highlighted the need for document control, integrating label management systems with ERP/MES and other systems, web printing …

Pharma Industrial Internet

How the Pharma Industrial Internet impacts your label production process

Ken Moir Pharmaceutical Leave a Comment

Many pharmaceutical industry analysts have pointed to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Pharma Industrial Internet as the keys to providing the transparency and traceability pharmaceutical manufacturers need to meet the ever-expanding array of serialization requirements and regulations, and to optimizing their production processes in order to compete in today’s marketplace. As early as 2014, in a survey conducted …

UPC barcode anatomy

Anatomy of a UPC Barcode

Marko Vrbnjak GS1 Leave a Comment

To learn something effectively you need to know the basics. The GS1 Handbook – How To Barcode Your Product tells you all about what barcodes do, what the GS1 does and how you can create, print and verify your barcodes. But before going on, let’s talk about basics. This post will analyze the structure of the UPC barcode, because understanding …

GS1 Standards

Which industries use GS1 barcodes?

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The invention of barcodes and implementation of the GS1 standards lead many industries to undergo a positive transformation. Reduced costs, increased efficiency and improved inventory management are just a few of the perks. Although barcodes are available in many industries: retail, healthcare, transport and logistics, and healthcare are the main four. Let’s take a look at how the supply chains …

Food Traceability

Barcodes for food traceability

Marko Vrbnjak Food and beverage, GS1 Leave a Comment

The first ever commercial barcode was used on a Wrigley’s Chewing Gum pack in 1974 and since then, barcodes have played an important role in the food industry. The Universal Product Code (UPC) is a critical factor in determining the traceability of any product. In the food industry, traceability of a food item is taken very seriously as it can …

Nutrition Facts FAQs

FDA Nutrition Facts label changes FAQ

Susan Gosnell Food and beverage Leave a Comment

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced the Nutrition Facts label in 1993 with the goal to provide valuable nutritional information for consumers. After more than two decades, the design of the label is undergoing significant design and content changes. This list of frequently asked questions gives an insight into the most vital information about these changes. Why is …

mobile printing

Mobile printing challenges

Lee Patty Industry news Leave a Comment

Last week, Zebra hosted a group of tech leaders, CIO’s and CTO’s, technical architects and developers at its Americas APPFORUM, an event focused on sharing the latest insight on architecting and developing enterprise solutions. I had the opportunity to give a keynote on next generation printing for Android developers. Following the talk there was some candid conversation about the roadblocks …

barcode facts

Fun facts about barcodes

Marko Vrbnjak GS1 Leave a Comment

They don’t get much attention, but barcodes are one of the most important inventions ever. They have an incredibly important role in improving the way businesses capture and share information, as well as optimizing the movement of items along the supply chain. The story of barcodes begins with Joseph Norman Woodland who, inspired by Morse code, drew the first ever …