Many companies are reacting to economic conditions byapplying lean manufacturing principles, to help increase competitiveness and efficiency.
Lean manufacturing is about minimising waste, and maximising value added activities. According to lean principles, each step in the production process should add value for the customer.
Coding and marking is a critical step in the production of consumer products, but often seen as non-value added activity driven by legislative or customer requirements for batch traceability or durability information, lengthening product changeover times and resulting in lost production.
But the latest developments in coding equipment can help to reduce waste in many ways, and actively support lean manufacturing principles.