New Avery Dennison Labeling Solution Fulfills CPSIA Product Tracking Requirements
A new labeling solution that allows manufacturers to meet and even exceed U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements for product tracking, and then manage the tracking data online, is now available from Avery Dennison, Framingham, Mass.
The solution, called Universal Track and Trace, consists of Avery Dennison printers, tag and label design software, and the D2Comm online data management tool. "Universal Track and Trace requires no custom programming," said Michael Dancausse, Avery Dennison product manager, In-plant Printing Solutions. "It allows users to print and capture the specific label data that is mandated by CPSIA, and then add a unique serial number on the label that ties it to additional production data. And we can make all this available online."
The CPSIA regulations, which became effective August 14, 2009, are designed to protect children by aiding in the recall of unsafe products, including apparel, footwear, bedding and accessories. The regulations require that a permanently applied label contain the product's production location and date, as well as the manufacturer's name and the product's batch or lot number. The mandate affects apparel manufacturers and importers who supply children's products.
With the Universal Track and Trace program, factories can:
Incorporate a unique alphanumeric identifier or garment license plate into product tracking labels.
Create links to component information and other specific manufacturing data.
View and download the data from a secure website.
The unique alphanumeric identifier is the key to retrieving data about a specific component in a fabric lot. In the event of a garment recall, the label ID leads to the garment's fabric supplier and then helps determine the full scope of goods that used the questionable fabric.
Universal Track and Trace can also be used by label designers who may want to save a fabric lot's purchase order number even though the number does not appear on the label. They can save this data by having the Universal Track and Trace system take the whole data file used to print the labels. Specifically, the system captures the fabric lot and its purchase order number, and then aligns it with a bundle, cut order or even a specific garment by using a unique alphanumeric identifier.