How Flexible is your Serialization Solution?

How Flexible is your Serialization Solution?

Vivi Korba

Vivi Korba

Upstream Engineer

Serialization is a constantly changing operation with new requirements (e.g., aggregation), evolving regulations (USA, UAE, etc.), and partner business updates, resulting in a constant increase in complexity, risk, and of course, costs.

Multiple companies in the industry are currently offering serialization solutions. But these systems are often complex, inflexible, and unable to efficiently meet the constantly evolving global serialization requirements.

Challenge: Avoiding Dependency on All-in-One Vendors

Many providers supply not only serialization equipment but also software and integration with a company’s IT infrastructure. However, once such software is installed, it can only be used with that vendor’s hardware. In this circumstance, the pharmaceutical company cannot do business with any other vendor because the software and, in many cases, the hardware are incompatible. This constraint rapidly decreases operation efficiency and negotiation power. Furthermore, it results in ever-increasing costs due to both the by-design inflexibility of the all-in-one vendor systems as well as the ongoing upgrade costs.

Solution: Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS)

The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS) working group is a partnership of pharmaceutical manufacturers and vendors responding to this call to action. Its purpose is to create an industrial interoperability standard for healthcare package serialization requirements that will increase deployment efficiency while lowering compliance costs. Open-SCS enables a pharmaceutical company to use a “best-of-breed” strategy for various product presentations (carton, bottle, pouch, etc.) and select the most appropriate vendor for the job.

Open-SCS is designed to standardize communications across the layers of functionality required to provide a serialization solution based on the ISA-95 paradigm for an automation interface between a company’s control systems. The ISA-95 model specifies a set of “functional layers” that must be present in any correctly developed manufacturing system. Flexibility, durability, dependability, and speedier implementation are all advantages of a layered approach to solution architecture for both the solution developer and the end-user.

The Vimachem Level 3 Serialization Site Manager (SSM)

The Vimachem Level 3 Serialization Site Manager (SSM) is the world’s largest line and network agnostic serialization software solution with Open and standardized interfaces that ensure unrestricted use with respect to all machines and components already in use at a manufacturer’s site. In addition, its flexible interface technology enables it to connect readily (plug & produce/create) with any line or network system. This feature provides a best-of-breed serialization solution while avoiding the drawbacks of single-vendor systems (vendor lock-in, sluggish response times).

How Flexible is your Serialization Solution
Key Benefits:
  1. Reduced time to prepare and start production runs.
  2. Eliminates incorrectly coded and packaged products as all errors are identified during testing and before live production runs.
  3. Minimized unscheduled line stoppages.



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