In today’s fast-paced manufacturing environment, many companies rely on co-packers to assist with the packaging of their products.

Co-packers offer flexibility in handling various product formats and adapting to fluctuating volumes, particularly during peak seasons such as Christmas.

This partnership allows companies to efficiently manage budgets, stock levels, staffing, and equipment costs. However, this flexibility often introduces challenges in packaging and print controls, as well as maintaining compliance with customer codes of practice.

Key Challenges Facing Co-Packers

With this flexibility also comes the complexity of managing packaging and print controls and maintaining compliance with customer codes of practice.

If the customer’s code of practice requires in-depth packaging checks or in-line scanning and printer control, this can be a challenge. Facilities may have these systems in place on their sites but these are rarely rolled out to co-packers. This can result in a gap in the Quality Management System and the potential of a product withdrawal.

Closing The Gap

Check Sure® Autcoding Scanning can be positioned on the existing line next to existing equipment. A localised database contains the product information and packaging. A 2D code on the packaging is scanned to confirm the right packaging for the right product. Most products now have a 2D code on them so it makes sense that they are scanned if they are there.

Utilising enhancements in OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and digitalisation, Check Sure® Perception now gives line operators additional automation tools to make sure products are right first time, labelled correctly, and enhance current systems sites already have.

The Solution For Co-Packers

The introduction of Check Sure® Scanning and Check Sure® Perception technologies addresses the challenges posed by the flexibility of co-packers. 

These solutions bridge the gap in the quality management system, ensuring compliance and maintaining high standards in packaging and printing. 

This innovative approach not only enhances efficiency but also safeguards against potential product recalls, making it a valuable asset for companies utilizing co-packers.