THE IMPORTANCE AND BENEFITS OF AGGREGATION

Aggregation is the association of uniquely serialized items to higher packaging levels, which also have a unique serial number. The serialized items inside a container are known as the “children,” and the serialized container containing these packs is called the “parent.” In a bundle of bottles or cartons, each unit has its own serial number, but the bundle itself has a top label that includes a unique serial number. In this case, the bottles or cartons are the children, and the bundle itself is the parent.

In short, aggregation is the process of creating a hierarchical relationship between unique identifiers assigned to packaging containers.

IMPLEMENTATION IN THE PHARMA INDUSTRY

Some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies fully implemented aggregation at the same time as serialization, since they knew it would be worth the effort, resulting in improved inventory, rework and recall management, among other benefits.

Manufacturers who had only implemented serialization to quickly comply with the statutory serialization requirements now need to carefully plan the implementation of aggregation in their facilities. Although the process may be one you are not looking forward to, it is important to keep in mind that aggregation presents numerous long-term benefits.

BENEFITS

The aggregation process is meant to facilitate and benefit everyone involved in the supply chain, from manufacturers of medications to the end consumer. First, the new requirements make it extremely easy to rework packages, meaning that all necessary and important information about the medications will be accessible when scanning the parent. This saves an enormous amount of time, as it will no longer be necessary to open each container to scan each individual child. Since all the data is easily accessible, tracking products throughout the supply chain becomes much easier, and the entire distribution system becomes more efficient, secure and trustworthy.

MORE BENEFITS OF AGGREGATION

Track-and-trace requirements

Supply chain optimization

Rapid decommissioning

Efficient recalls and returns

HOW OPTEL’S FULL-STACK AGGREGATION TECHNOLOGIES CAN HELP

OPTEL’s full-stack serialization, aggregation and track-and-trace technologies can help your business comply with all current and future regulations while guiding you through each crucial step toward a more intelligent supply chain.

When you choose OPTEL as your aggregation partner, this is what you get:

  • Scalable solutions toward a more intelligent, safe and secure supply chain
  • Easily accessible and actionable granular data
  • Complete supply chain visibility and transparency
  • Lowest false-reject rate
  • Added value at every step of your supply chain, increasing operational efficiency
  • Data optimization of multiple manufacturing and distribution sites
  • Analytics reporting

 

OPTEL’s aggregation technologies and expertise also help you:

  • Manage reconciliation and avoid downstream supply chain issues (bad codes, missing cartons, wrong cartons)
  • Increase operational efficiencies and identify shortfalls in your packaging system
  • More efficiently and effectively manage targeted recalls


SPEAK TO OUR EXPERTS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE UPCOMING AGGREGATION REQUIREMENTS

SERIALIZATION AND AGGREGATION SOFTWARE

Track & Trace system

TRACKSAFE™

Whether you require serialization on products, packaging lines or labelers, our TrackSafe™ products can help you optimize your overall process.

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L3 software solution

OPEN SITEMASTER™

Our plant controller manages batch controls and offers report management with ERP connectivity.

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L4-L5 serialization software

OPTEL’S VERIFY PLATFORM®

OPTEL’s secure, cost-effective, flexible Verify Platform® software (L4) is the engine to protect and grow your brand and boost your bottom line.

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KOMPANO™

Cost-effective warehouse solution for the pharmaceutical industry

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TRACK&TRACE SOLUTIONS

Track & Trace system

TRACKSAFE™

Whether you require serialization on products, packaging lines or labelers, our TrackSafe™ products can help you optimize your overall process.

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LineMaster™

As a stand-alone fully manual packing station, the LineMaster ensures the identification and verification of manually packed products with barcode scanners.

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MANUAL PRINT STATION™

This ultra-compact and fully autonomous carton serialization unit is designed to handle a wide range of carton sizes to ensure accurate serialization and aggregation.

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PACKSTATION™ FMP

The PackStation™ FMP is a complete manual packing station used to scan and aggregate any packaging level.

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PACKSTATION™ CAP

The PackStation™ SAP is a semi-automated packing station for verification of codes and aggregation into single-layer or multi-layer cases.

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PACKSTATION™ CAP

The PackStation™ CAP is a fully automated packaging station that performs identification and verification of products and containers with the help of cameras.

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LABELTRACKER™

The LabelTracker™ allows verification and activation of serial numbers.

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OFFLINE LABELTRACKER™

This portable unit allows for offline label inspections, verification and commissioning.

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CLTRACKER TE™

The CLTracker TE™ is an automated carton label serialization unit ─ with tamper-evidence feature ─ that can be integrated into most carton labelers, regardless of carton size, speed or print location.

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CARTONTRACKER™

The CartonTracker™ handles the printing and verification of each carton and ensures accurate serialization identification.

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BOTTLETRACKER™

The BottleTracker™ is designed to inspect and print on bottles.

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BUNDLETRACKER™

The BundleTracker™ ensures that bundle products are identified by creating a parent-child aggregation relationship.

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PALLETMASTER™

The PalletMaster™ allows you to identify and check boxes and pallets with the help of cameras or barcode readers for the central pallet creation zone.

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Association Station™

The Association Station handles the verification of serial numbers and facilitates bottle aggregation into secondary packages without affecting the production flow.

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