The PLACOA S.M.A.R.T Model 750 PLIR PrintApply System technology includes label and sticker graphics, customer computer programming, equipment implementation techniques, and a global database, president Ched Greenhill said, and should resolve all of a grower’s food-safety traceability labeling concerns.“The system itself is a new innovative version of PrintApply,” Greenhill said. “It has new applications that not only apply to the label/sticker, but also to the transfer and analysis of data involving traceback information from planting, growing, testing, harvesting, logistics, storage, packing, shipping, warehousing, and delivery to retailers worldwide.”
Greenhill of Produce Labeling & Coding of America LLC, Jackson, N.J., said the new system is capable of applying a different label to each piece of produce that comes through a conveyor at speeds of up to 12-16 per second.“Each label or sticker gets a signal from the master computer,” Greenhill said. “Most conveyors run typically 10 (pieces) per second. Another feature is that the labeling device never actually touches the produce. A vacuum-jet system applies the labels, eliminating the chances of bruising or otherwise damaging the fruit, Greenhill said.
The PrintApply scanners are capable of reading all alphanumeric or 2D codes from the ScoringAg database recordkeeping system, an SKU’s, country-of-origin data, and Price Look-Up numbers.The PrintApply system meets multiple needs by showing grower shippers on how to be compliant from land prep.to harvest through packing on to customer shipment, key compliance steps of water testing and container sanitation for field-packed produce, by printing labels and/or stickers, that match database records while maintaining compliance through weather changes and adjustments to harvest, as integrating intelligent traceback records result into increased sales to consumers.
PLACOA, associated with ScoringAg, with its effective real time global database for worldwide traceback and trace-up record keeping and documentation system of agricultural products with Point-to-Point Traceback™ for each individual Commodity/Entity opens the public portion of the records in just seconds. At each handling point in the ScoringAg supply chain database there is traceability documentation because there is always a possibililty that each site a problem might occur, and therefore tracking, at the minimum, should be done starting at the field, through packing, container sanitation, processing, transport, pallet, case level and item-level locations.
The pallet and case label records is needed also for the common denominator for food handlers both grocery, institution, and foodservice. Item-level coding also provides total chain data on every handler in real time as it is recorded in ScoringAg's interoperable database using stickers with SSI-EID codes when applied with the PrintApply system on each produce item. It offers other store level, marketing and category management efficiencies with built in information including certification's, HACCP,and lab tests data storage along the chain as they happened in real time. Companies wishing to speed up their systems to take advantage of these added efficiencies should ask for field to fork records from ScoringAg when selecting a SMART Model 750PLIR PrintApply machine.
“We call it field to fork,” said Greenhill, referring to the information that can be read from the labels tracing a piece of produce from planting to the time it reaches the dining room table.“The beauty of it is that we now have a worldwide database,” Greenhill said. “No matter if produced in China or Japan, it can still be tracked back.” - Produce Labeling & Coding of America LLC, Lakewood, N.J., Ched Greenhill, Pres.
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