How Barcodes Are Used In The Manufacturing Process

Barcodes SA has become an indispensable part of every step in the manufacturing process.  

This is due to the ability of GS1 Barcodes to store information. Using barcodes to regulate, control and manage the manufacturing process leads to more efficiency and less human errors.  The end result is a more profitable, thriving business.

Important Role of Barcodes

Barcodes play an important role in every stage of the production line.  A product moves along the line, from Point A to Point D, stopping at Points B and C. 

At each stage, a specific task has to be carried out in order to end up with the completed product. 

At the beginning of the process, the product will be given a specific barcode that has all the information encoded within it.  At each stage, this barcode is scanned – which helps to control the progress along the production line until its completion.  

This data is compiled onto a computer which can then track its progress, and record the number of products competed as well as the time it took to complete. 

This gives the business owner complete control over the whole process. He has the information he needs to be able to make the process more efficient and productive.

Barcodes assist by identifying all the different items and components that the process requires. 

How Barcodes Fit Into Your Business Process

It helps to keep accurate inventory control by ensuring that no elements go missing in the process.  Raw materials that enter the process need to have a barcode so that their movement through the process can be tracked and monitored. 

If they do not have a barcode, the production plant will often create their own barcode for use on these raw materials.  

Each of these raw materials are placed on a shelf with the corresponding barcode, so that it is easily identified when it becomes necessary to use this specific item in the production process.

At the end of the process, the product is given a new barcode, which identifies the finished product. 

This helps the computer program determine how many products have completed the process and how many still need to be completed. This assists to ensure excellent inventory control and accurate stock counts.

Once the product is completed, it needs to be packaged and distributed to the various shops and retailers across the country.  At this stage, the finished package requires a new barcode. 

What You Need to Know About Barcodes

It’s easy for the barcodes to get damaged during the production process, which means that the barcode will not be able to be scanned.  Therefore, new barcodes are created and placed on the finished packages before they are shipped out to be sold in the retail industry.

Products can either have individual EAN and UPC Barcodes that identify each specific product. 

Alternatively, they can be given an additional barcode called an ITF-14 Barcode (also called Box or Case Barcodes.)  These barcodes are used for the supplying of goods in bulk. 

If you want to sell a crate of beer, each beer will have an individual barcode and the crate itself will have a Box barcode – which, when scanned will bring up the number of beers in the crate.  This makes the process of providing bulk goods more efficient and accurate.

The next step is the distribution of the finished products all over South Africa and worldwide. 

Barcodes have a role to play in this step too.  The computer system allocates certain products with specific barcodes to specific trucks for distribution. 

Each product’s barcode will be encoded with its destination. As the product progresses towards its end destination, it is possible to track every movement.  

It also clears up any confusion about where to offload each of the products.  This makes sure that the right quantity of the right product ends up at the right store.  

Where to Use Barcodes

Barcodes are also used in the postal service for tracking packages that are being delivered all over the world.

Due to the need for a large amount of data to be stored, the use of linear barcodes in the manufacturing process has faded.  2D Barcodes, as well as RFID tags, are now being used. 

This allows for a very large amount of data to be stored in a small amount of space.

There are many advantages of using GS1 South Africa registered barcodes in the manufacturing process. These include:

Enhanced Management of Time

Barcodes make the whole manufacturing process quick, efficient and effortless, with less chance of accidental errors occurring.

Accurate & Efficient Stock and Inventory Control

In the past, stock checks were done manually and they wasted a lot of time and money. With the use of barcodes, stock control is done in much less time and with much less effort.

  • Shipments can be processed accurately and effortlessly.
  • Tracking and monitoring equipment is effortless.  This also increases the accountability of employees regarding equipment, which means a lower chance of equipment theft.  
  • Human errors are eliminated, thereby making the process more efficient.
  • All of this leads to greater customer satisfaction as well as higher profits for the business owner.  

In conclusion, for the successful manufacturing of products, it is necessary to install a comprehensive bar code South Africa tracking system.  Here at Buy Barcodes, we are here to assist by providing excellent quality, fully registered GS1 barcodes for your every business need. 

We supply barcodes throughout South Africa as well as abroad.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to buy a barcode, for more information or for an accurate and very reasonable quote.