Problems We Solve

EdgeTRAC™ Software for Track and Trace solves real-world business problems for manufacturers, distributors, retailers and contract manufacturers. Here are a few of the many business use cases for this powerful solution.

EPCIS events

EPC Information Services standard (EPCIS) events can help pharmaceutical supply chain participants to comply with new mandates for additional tracking of serialized product through the supply chain. These requirements may be driven by government mandates like the DQSA or other global legislation pending or passed. The challenge is to understand the trail of a pharmaceutical through the supply chain and use the trail data to validate authenticity or prevent unauthorized use of the drugs.

Adhering to EPCIS, the GS1 standard event protocol, helps companies comply with these mandates. The goal of EPCIS is to enable disparate applications to share Electronic Product Code (EPC) data within and across enterprises. Ultimately, this will give participants in the EPCglobal Network a shared view of the disposition of EPC-bearing objects within a relevant business context.

ROC IT provides a complete solution for generating EPCIS event data, building the EPCIS events and populating the EPCIS event repository with the required data.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Serialized data capture with various form factors: handheld devices, desktop stations or dock door portals
  • Configurable integration to allow the integration engine to post EPCIS events to your required repository
  • Exception processing at the ‘edge’ of the supply chain to reduce the overall number of errors and eliminate the posting of erroneous transactions
  • Referencing of Ship events from upstream supply chain partners to facilitate the receipt of serialized containers
Serialized receiving

Pharmaceutical distribution centers (DCs) are increasingly required to receive, track, process and ship serialized goods. Traditional solutions used to support DC operations do not handle the granularity of the data associated with serialized product – especially if the electronic record of the contents to be received is contained within a serialized ASN or within serialized EPCIS shipping events.

ROC IT provides a complete solution for DC operators to receive serialized product.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Support for receiving based on serialized ASN or EPCIS shipping events
  • Support for non-ASN and non-EPCIS-event receiving
  • Data capture and verification of the receipt
  • Verification of serial number validity and status upon receipt
  • Mobility
  • Support for Zebra and other commercially available printers
  • Serialized RFID receiving capability
  • Data integration to record the receipt in the ERP, WMS and EPCIS event repository solutions
Serialized product aggregation and container management in the DC

Many distribution centers (DCs) need to handle aggregation and de-aggregation of serialized containers to support DQSA compliance and Track and Trace requirements. Sometimes the required serialized aggregation is homogeneous to a GTIN, such as a full case GTIN or pallet rebuild. Other times the requirement is to aggregate serialized containers (SSCC) for shipment. Existing DC solutions are not suited for this serialized product aggregation and de-aggregation or shipping aggregation, yet the DC may be required to provide this capability for a subset of its product.

ROC IT provides a complete solution for DC operators to build aggregations of serialized containers, either as homogeneous GTIN containers or SSCC containers.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Configuring a rules engine to establish the GTIN-specific container aggregation hierarchy allowed
  • Configuring a rules engine for establishing the allowable container aggregations per each type of SSCC container
  • Data capture of the serialized containers and building of the aggregation hierarchies without errors
  • Support for non-serialized container data in addition to serialized container data
  • Mobility
  • Support for Zebra and other commercially available printers for creating new container labels
  • Support for GS1 standards
  • Support for EPCIS integration of aggregation events
  • Serialized RFID encoding capability
Serial number management

Companies are starting to track product with serialized data carriers, such as RFID tags or 2D data matrixes. These carriers hold the keys to other databases that determine the serial number status – for example:

  • what container a serial number should to be in
  • whether a serial number is a parent container
  • what other serial numbers are contained with a parent container
  • other serial number status information

Many existing DC systems do not allow operators to check the status of a serial number or take action to correct problems. Products found to have a serial number problem are typically returned to manufacturing, resulting in lost sales. Lack of intelligence about serial number status can lead to mishandling and errors further down the supply chain.

ROC IT provides comprehensive serial number management, providing on-demand intelligence about serial number status and enabling DC managers to take corrective action.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Remote capture of serial numbers through mobile handheld stations or other form factors such as fixed desktop computers
  • On-demand visibility to serial number status
  • On-demand visibility to tag encoding details (e.g. UID, URI, SGTIN-96 Dec and Hex)
  • On-demand visibility to any parent container for a serial number. For parent container serial numbers, on-demand visibility to the associated child serial numbers
  • On-demand visibility to determine whether a serial number has already been associated to a shipment order
  • Integration to any host environment to retrieve serial number data
  • Optional tag management functions:
    • Tag/label reprint in the event of a damaged tag/label
    • RFID and barcode label printing for both test and production use, optionally driven by
    • Shipment and Delivery Orders or ASNs
    • Barcode output to electronic media for test support
    • Automatic generation of serial number hierarchies in the serial number management
    • SOR
    • Commissioning and printing of pre-printed labels for production use
  • Tag/label de-activation if a product has been compromised and the serial number can no longer be used
  • Support for serialized RFID tags (e.g. re-encode(write) and de-activation)
Label printing for Track and Trace project support

QA processes are evolving as organizations tackle the challenge of manufacturing and distributing serialized or specialty-tagged products. Efficient support processes are essential, whether the Track and Trace effort is in support of government mandates, like the DQSA Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), or specialized inventory tracking capabilities like RFID vendor-managed inventory (VMI) or other inventory tracking requirements.

The projects that support these initiatives can be complex, with many team members performing tasks ranging from initial QA to full validation testing. One of the challenges is creating actual “physical” product tags to perform their testing. It is often not feasible for manufacturing lines to gear up and produce product just for a downstream application to test.

ROC IT provides a complete solution allowing organizations to create and maintain tags to support QA processes.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Serial Number Inquiry – Scan a serialized tag to determine current status of the serial number
    • Inquiry visibility to the status of the serial number
    • Inquiry visibility to the details of the tag encoding (e.g. UID, URI, SGTIN-96 Dec & Hex)
    • Inquiry visibility to what parent container a serial number is supposed to be in
    • Inquiry visibility to what child serial numbers belong inside, in the event that the serial
    • number is a parent container serial number
    • Inquiry visibility to determine if this serial number has already been associated to a shipment order
    • Integration to any host environment to retrieve the serial number data
  • De-aggregation – remove children serial number(s) from the tag’s hierarchy or remove a serial number from a parent serial number
  • Destruction / deactivation of a serial number
  • Tag management functions:
    • Tag/label reprinting in the event of a damaged tag/label
    • RFID and barcode label printing for both test and production use, optionally driven by
    • Shipment/Delivery Orders or ASNs
    • Optional generation of barcode output to electronic media for test support
    • As required, automatic generation of serial number hierarchies in the serial number management SOR
    • Commissioning and printing of preprinted labels for production use
  • Integration with Host Serialization Master database, keeping all of the data in sync with the master serial number repository
  • Mobility (or desktop support)
  • Support for Zebra and other commercially available printers
  • Serialized RFID encoding capability
Serialized picking

Serialized picking – allowing serial numbers to be captured and tracked at the time of pick – is crucial to the productivity of a distribution center (DC) faced with new mandates requiring additional tracking of pharmaceutical product as they flow through the supply chain. These requirements may be driven by the DQSA Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) or other global legislation, both pending and already passed. Traditional solutions used in DC operations for pharmaceutical companies do not handle the granularity of the data associated with serialized product, nor the ability to electronically capture the data.
ROC IT provides a complete solution for allowing DC operators to capture and track serialized product at the time of pick.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Mobility
  • Support for managers to assign pick lists to operators through a centralized web-based console
  • Download of pick lists to mobile devices
  • Automatic data capture of serialized product as it is picked
  • Capture and tracking of the specific serial numbers picked
  • Confirmation that serialized product is picked from the assigned bin/location
  • Verification that the correct product/lot combination is picked for the pick lists
  • Verification that the serial numbers picked are in a proper status to be picked
  • Aggregation of serialized product picked to into overpack containers and/or pallets
  • Label printing of tags for newly aggregated serialized containers (e.g. SSCC tags for overpack containers and/or pallets)
  • Support for Zebra and other commercially available printers
  • RFID support for serialized picking and aggregation verificationData integration to record the pick event in the ERP, WMS and EPCIS event repository solutions
Serialized shipping

Many players in the pharmaceutical supply chain are facing mandates for additional tracking of serialized pharmaceutical product as they flow through the supply chain. These include the DQSA Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) as well as other global legislation pending or already passed. Traditional solutions used to support DC operations for pharmaceutical companies do not handle the granularity of the data associated with serialized product, especially if the electronic record of the shipped contents is contained within serialized ASNs or within serialized EPCIS shipping events.

ROC IT provides a complete solution allowing DC operators to ship serialized product.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Mobility
  • Support for downloading shipment orders to mobile devices
  • Automatic data capture of the serialized product used to fulfill shipment orders
  • Capture and tracking of the specific serial numbers used to fulfill shipment orders
  • Verification that the correct product/lot combination is used to fulfill shipment orders
  • Verification that the shipped serial numbers are in a proper status to be shipped
  • Aggregation of product into overpack containers
  • Label printing of tags for newly aggregated serialized containers (e.g. SSCC tags for overpack containers and/or pallets)
  • Support for Zebra and other commercially available printers
  • Serialized RFID shipping capability
  • Data integration to record the shipment in the ERP, WMS and EPCIS event repository solutions
Slap and ship

The “slap and ship” approach is often the best solution for a distribution center to meet a mandate for shipping serialized or specialty-tagged products to support government or customer mandates. These include mandates like the DQSA Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) as well as specialized inventory tracking capabilities such as RFID vendor-managed inventory (VMI) or other inventory tracking.

There can be many reasons it is not practical for the entire product run to be tagged at the time of manufacturing. For example, the program mandate may only affect a small percentage of the actual product, or manufacturing cannot retrofit fast enough to meet the distribution time line.

ROC IT provides a complete solution for allowing selected orders to be isolated, and the product utilized to fulfill the orders to be tagged with serialized barcode labels and/or RFID tags.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Commissioning and printing of serialized labels/tags
  • Line clearance support
  • Aggregation of serialized items to parent shipping containers and commissioning/printing of serialized labels/tags for the shipping containers
  • Association of serialized inventory to shipment orders
  • Mobility
  • Support for Zebra and other commercially available printers
  • Serialized RFID encoding capability

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