Simplify Serialization Compliance with Helper Codes

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ID Technology announces a new labeling solution to assist with Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) compliance when packaging round containers.

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ID Technology, powered by Pro Mach, announces a new labeling solution to assist with Federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) compliance when packaging round containers.

Since round containers can rotate on the conveyor, it can be difficult to align the GS1 barcode on the label for automatic scanning on the packaging line. Many companies set up “scan tunnels” with multiple machine vision scanners to capture the barcode data, which can be a complicated and expensive method.

ID Technology’s Patent Pending solution, involves printing a unique Datamatrix barcode on either the bottom of the bottle or the top of the cap. The helper code is printed before the container arrives at the labeling station. The Datamatrix is the perfect barcode type for this application; it can be read in any orientation, so the data in the helper code can be captured with a single imaging scanner head.

On the labeling machine (an LSI by ID Technology Model 1500), date/lot codes and serial number are printed on the label, along with being encoded into a GS1 Datamatrix code. The label is automatically inspected by a machine vision system and the barcode data captured. The scanned data is tracked via a shift register until the label is applied to a container. At that point, the helper code data is captured and associated with the stored data from the label barcode. The data is shared with the controlling Manufacturing Execution System (MES) that manages the serialization compliance data.

Once this association is made and stored in the database, the container can be easily automatically identified at any point in the packaging and aggregation process, by simply scanning the helper code. See our White Paper for more detail on this new solution.

About ID Technology
ID Technology designs, manufactures and integrates custom identification systems and is recognized as a leading single-source provider for labeling, coding and marking equipment, expertise, service and supplies. ID Technology is based in Fort Worth, Texas and operates 17 regional offices across the United States and Canada. For more information or to locate one of the ID Technology nationwide sales and service centers, call 888.438.3242 or visit our website at

ID Technology is powered by Pro Mach, a Cincinnati, Ohio based provider of integrated packaging and processing products and solutions for food, beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and other diverse companies. Through multiple brands, Pro Mach provides product packaging and processing equipment, PMMI certified training, installation, parts, and service in Bottling & Capping, Primary Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Material Handling, Identification & Tracking, and End of Line Packaging. For more information about Pro Mach visit

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