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Serialization Systems

Serialization Systems

In-line marking and verification systems for package traceability

Serialization Systems
Serialization Systems
Serialization Systems
Serialization Systems
Serialization Systems

Products and Specs

Stand-alone and Modular Solutions for Serialization

Products and Specs


Further reading on other topics related to serialization

Track & Trace Guide

Guide to Track & Trace Technology
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ProdX Data Management Software
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White Papers

Tamper-Evident Pharmaceutical Packaging
This white paper explains the implications of the EU directive 2011/62/EU and EN 16679 and how this will affect pharmaceutical packaging. It specifica...
Food Safety Standards and Legislation White Paper
This white paper looks at the Communicating Reliable Information and Standards for Agriculture and Logistics (CRISTAL); a communications framework for...
Understanding Regulations in Medical Device Labeling
This white paper looks at the aggregation process which defines the track and trace data relationship between the parent and child.
Serialization - Are You Ready?
The global threat of counterfeit medicines is growing. Quickly learn how to reliably track and trace medicinal products by integrating serialization s...

Case Studies

Rottendorf Pharma Advanced Technology
R-Pharm Germany GmbH has rounded out its service portfolio with the Case Aggregation Kit from METTLER TOLEDO PCE – in combination with a compatible ca...
State-of-the-Art Track & Trace Solution
The XMV datamatrix station from METTLER TOLEDO PCE supports August Faller in providing sustainable marking and verification of cardboard boxes, carton...
Flexible Track & Trace at contract manufacturer Artesan Pharma
Artesan Pharma Gmbh & Co. KG in Lüchow, Germany, demonstrates how an effective programme of serialization, i.e., the traceability of medicines, can su...


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What are the requirements for serialization in the pharmaceutical production process?

A number of countries across the globe have requirements mandating the serialization of pharmaceuticals. These requirements can vary slightly from region to region, of course, but the basics remain the same. Each individual product carton must be marked with a unique identifying number in alpha-numeric and barcode formats – usually a 2D barcode. These numbers need to be recorded and uploaded to a central database. At the point of sale, the code is scanned and checked against the central database to ensure authenticity. It may also be necessary to scan products along each step of the supply chain, depending on regulations. 

What is package serialization?

Package serialization is the marking of a package on the production line with a unique identifying number. These numbers are usually printed on the surface of the packaging or on a label which is then applied to the package in both human and machine-readable formats (usually a 1D or 2D barcode). These numbers are recorded and uploaded to a central database.

    How much space on my production line do I need for serialization?

    As a rule of thumb, in-line serialization can take anything from 60-100 cm of space on the production line, depending on the shape and size of the packaging.

    What industries can benefit from the serialization process?

    A large number of industries benefit from serializing their products – any industry in which counterfeit products are a problem will appreciate serialization's anti-counterfeiting capabilities. This is particularly useful in the electronics and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for luxury goods such as premium alcohols and even caviar. 


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