Traceability labels play an important role in keeping track of products throughout the supply chain. Whether you sell baby products, computer parts, or consumable goods, chances are you’ll need to keep track of product batches, factory sources, manufacturing dates, and more. Traceability labels can be used to keep all that information in one place for easy reference. In case of product recalls, traceability labels allow you to notify customers of defects as well as trace problems back to their source.
At Coast Label, we can help you engineer custom traceability labels. Whether you need asset tags, barcodes, or labels that can withstand extreme environments, we have the capabilities to customize traceability labels to your unique needs.
Here are just some of the most common kinds of traceability labels we manufacture at Coast Label:
- PCB Labels: The manufacturing environment of printed circuit boards is extreme, but our custom PCB labels can handle it. With electrostatic discharge safe materials, flame retardant materials, and coatings to keep ink adhered, you can be sure your PCB labels will stay put and remain scannable.
- Barcode labels: From traditional 1D barcodes to 2D barcodes such as QR codes, MaxiCode, and Data Matrix, we can custom print scannable traceability labels just the way you need them.
- Consecutive number labels: Inventory tracking, shelf numbering, and supply coding are just some ways you might use your consecutive number labels to trace your products through the supply chain.
- Asset tags: Keeping track of your assets helps protect you against the loss of valuable assets. Commonly made from aluminum foil, polyester, or tamper-evident material, our assets tags are durable and custom-made to suit your needs.
Traceability Label Uses
If you think the only use for traceability labels is to track shipments, think again. Traceability labels have a wide array of uses well beyond shipping. Here are some of the most common uses of traceability labels:
- Manage product recalls: As a business owner, you want to create products that will sell well and add value to your customer’s lives. But sometimes problems happen. Whether it’s because of food contamination or a defect, recalling products can be necessary to keep your customers safe. Traceability labels can help in two ways. First, by downstream tracing, or tracing from the manufacturer to the consumer. This allows you to reach out to customers who may have purchased a contaminated or defective product. Second, by upstream tracing, when consumers can trace their product to the manufacturer. This allows customers to determine whether or not they purchased a product from the recalled batch. With the help of traceability labels, recalls can be handled quickly and efficiently.
- Protect against counterfeiting: Counterfeit products are a serious problem for brands worldwide. In addition to protecting your brand’s reputation, you also want to protect your customers against unsafe counterfeit products. Using traceability labels to authenticate your products, you can protect your company and your customers from the damage of counterfeiting.
- Pharmaceutical traceability: The pharmaceutical industry has a number of regulations in place to keep track of pharmaceutical products. Tamper proof labels as well as serialized barcodes are used to ensure that falsified products don’t enter the supply chain. This protects consumers from medicines that have been altered or tampered with.
- Food traceability: Contamination of foods can put consumers at serious risk. Tracing outbreaks of salmonella, e coli, and other foodborne illnesses back to their source is vital in managing those outbreaks. From the farm to the shelves of the store, every step of the food distribution process must be tracked. Traceability labels keep information such as batch and origin in one place to aid in the tracking of food goods.
Product Traceability in Manufacturing
Disruptions in the supply chain of late have made all of us aware of the vital role manufacturers play in modern society. Product traceability in manufacturing is one way to manage and prevent serious disruptions. Some ways that manufacturers use traceability labels include:
- SKU codes: Stock-keeping unit codes use a mix of numbers and letters to identify specific products, with information about the brand, color, size, weight, etc. SKU codes help keep track of inventory
- Batch ID/Lot Number: Batch IDs or lot numbers are typically alpha-numeric digits given to a batch of products produced in the same facility around the same time. This allows the specific tracing of products in the case of defects.
- Serial number: Serial numbers are given to specific units to identify an item more precisely.
- Manufacturer information: Traceability labels in manufacturing often keep track of the production facility, the manufacturer’s name, as well as the manufacturer’s address and contact information.
If you need to trace products and inventory that won’t work with adhesive labels, traceability tags might just be the solution you’re looking for. With a variety of industrial-strength materials to choose from, we can print custom traceability tags for your unique business needs. Whether it’s tagging carcasses used in butchering meat, produce, nursery goods, or other items, traceability tags can simplify your tracking process.
Custom Traceability Labels
At Coast Label, we can help you find solutions to all of your traceability needs. From custom barcode labels to durable asset tags, we can do it all. We’ll work with you one-on-one to ensure that you get the exact product you need, helping you determine the best materials and adhesives for your unique situation. Contact Coast Label today for a free proposal.
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