SOFTWARE

  • Print management

  • Unattended labeling

  • Traceability of products and shipments

  • Packaging validation

Arcalog is a “suite” of programs specially designed for production environments and industrial logistics. Arcalog runs in Windows, employs the most common databases (Microsoft SQL) which provides guarantees of reliability and development continuity

These standard software applications are easily integratable and compatible
with Sato, Zebra, Videojet printers, and can be customized to work with the most common digital print devices (thermal transfer, inkjet and laser)

The USER SECURITY module, with all Arca software allows for the profiling of users and various qualifications, securely managing all tasks
Customizable and compliant to multinational contexts, thanks to a multilingual user interface (Italian/English standard)

LABEL PRINTER

The LABEL PRINTER software allows users to create graphic layouts and print labels, along with managing texts, images, variable alphanumeri­c fields,

external (ODBC) databases, barcodes and 2D codes

Its PRINT ONLY module allows the operator to effectively control all print functions: select label graphics, check them in preview, fill out the variable fields, or launch printing on a connected device
All PRINT ONLY functions can be guided and controlled through a customized interface, created by Arca on request based on specific production needs

LABEL PRINTER can be installed on a latest generation desktop PC. Its PRINT ONLY module is instal­lable on a PC or INSPECTOR control unit

TRACKING

The TRACKING software includes all functions in the Label Management program. In addition, it allows for complete multilevel traceability of production.

Or better still, the recording of unambiguous identification codes of unit and/or multiple packages (bundles, boxes or pallets) for each lot

Tracking also allows for the traceability of batches of raw materials used in production

The TRACKING PHARMA version is specifically designed for managing multilevel traceability in pharmaceutical environments
It includes reconciliation functions for rejects
TRACKING and TRACKING PHARMA use graphics created with the LABEL PRINTER program or via escape commands written in the language of the print device.
They can be installed on a latest generation desktop PC.
The SLIM versions, for mono-level traceability (usually unit packages only) and reconciliation, are installable on an INSPECTOR con­trol unit and on board all Arca labeling systems equipped with a graphic interface

N.B.: this software must be configured on site by Arca skilled technicians

CHANGE

The CHANGE software identifies and updates graphics to be printed, without the o­perator having to intervene (unmanned printing). For example, it can

automatically update the number of batches based on the PC’s clock

The program runs in “batch” mode (no interactivity) and automatically selects one or more variables (as well as the print layout) in relation to a unique “identification element” detected from the field

The identification element must contain all the necessary information and can comprise a string of data sent by PLC or other devices (code scanner, scales, clock, etc.) or by a file made available in a specific directory

CHANGE updates graphics created with the LABEL PRINTER pro­gram or via escape commands written in the language of the print device. It can be installed on a latest generation desktop PC or INSPECTOR control unit.
Change can also be integrated into labeling system graphic interfac­es, to auto­mate graphic selections

N.B.: this software does not include its own USER SECURITY module, and must be configured on site by Arca skilled technicians

DELIVERY

The DELIVERY software allows for the traceability of shipments. In other words, the recording of unambiguous identification codes of unit and/or multiple

packages (bundles, boxes or pallets) for each shipment

DELIVERY also allows for the management of the withdrawal instruction, the picking function and the reprinting of any damaged labels
DELIVERY is complementary to the Tra­cking program. It can be installed on a latest generation desktop PC and on data collection terminals for picking, depending on the shipment settings

N.B.: this software must be configured on site by Arca skilled technicians

LABEL MANAGEMENT

The LABEL MANAGEMENT software identifies and updates graphics to be printed, without the o­perator having to intervene (unmanned printing)

The program automatically selects one or more variables (as well as the print layout) in relation to a set of various “identification elements” detected from the field

The identification elements can comprise strings of data sent by PLC or other devices (code scanner, scales, clock, etc.) or by a file made available in specific directories
The program features an inte­ractive line control user interface for checking the status of the printers, alarms, suspending production, as well as for monitoring each production lot: nu­mber of printed or applied labels, traceability of errors and operators and event times

Manages product validation code scanners. Allows for differentiated usage (based on programmed logics) of various print devices for conditioned labeling and/or at different points on the product

LABEL MANAGEMENT updates graphics created using the LABEL PRINTER program or via escape commands written in the language of the print device. It can be installed on a latest generation desktop PC.
The SLIM version is installable on an INSPECTOR con­trol unit and on board all Arca labeling systems equipped with a graphic interface

N.B.: this software must be configured on site by Arca skilled technicians

INSPECTOR 4.0

INSPECTOR 4.0 is a control unit for manufacturing enviroment, comprising an industrial PC with a color touch screen interface (10,4” LCD screen), SSD and Windows embedded operating system

Thanks to the numerous applications available, INSPEC­TOR can:

– manage one or more print devices, di­rectly from the production line and in total security. It includes functions such as preview, manage layout va­riables, automatic selection of last printed label on each restart (Print Only)
– automatically update graphics to be printed based on one (Change) or more (Label
Manage­ment Slim) identification elements detected from the field
– trace production, recording unambiguous identifiers on packages, for each production lot, with the possibility of reconciling rejects (Tracking Slim and Tracking Slim Pharma).
– control code readers and vision sensors for “packaging validation” (Code Check function) and monitor the degree of readability, maintaining production continuity (Code Verification)

PRINT MANAGEMENT & VALIDATION
– detect all production data: products processed, discarded, line downtimes, etc. (Produc­tion Monitor)
– quickly start up the line, via “product work
pro­grams”, memorizing and recalling configuration parameters for Arca devices (Quick Set Up)
– profile operators with differentiated security levels and management of access (User Securi­ty), including biometric recognition
– check all application functions for any Arca print apply unit or labeler connected (any model equipped with Advanced electronics), via an additional, simple and intuitive graphic interface

Competitive markets impose increasingly gre­ater productivity.
The growing variety of products (formats, ver­sions, fragrances, flavors, etc) increases the num­ber of packagings managed. Ongoing changes to graphics, linked to promotions and constantly evol­ving legislation, further complicate matters on the packaging line.
In such a complex scenario, production is subject to a multitude of risks
– Unreadable barcodes/2D codes
Large-scale retailing demands codes that can easily be read using normal laser scanners. Unreadable codes can cost suppliers, with the pallet even being returned
– Mix ups of unit packages
Putting a batch or even just a single product with the wrong packaging onto the market can have serious consequences, especially in the pharmaceutical and food sectors.
Recalling a batch for repackaging is extremely costly and is often impossible for perishable food products. The damage to corporate image can be considerable
– Logistical mix ups
Each unit package must be vehicled in the correct multiple package: bundle, box or pallet

CODE VERIFICATION
The Code Verification software, installed on an Inspector control unit, is the most advanced solution for managing bar­code and 2D code scanners:
1) code readability check (good read / no good read)
2) conformity check of the code read to the specific code set at the start of production, with correspondence to a specific value
3) analysis of the grade of readability (as per  the ANSI grade) expressed as a percentage, with an advance alarm in the case of a decline in print quality below a preset minimum threshold

The advance alarm is aimed at notifying and assisting the operator in label reel changes (no additional line stoppages) and operating head and/or scanner cleaning before unreada­ble codes get printed
4) check of conformity of the code read to a family of preset codes (useful in the case of constantly variable code)
5) management of a possible product ejector,  (still or moving)
6) display of hardware alarm conditions:  pneumatic ejector not working, product not ejected, scanner (or ejector) activation photocell malfunctioning or not working
7) possibility of setting up to 5 conventional print quality ranges, based on the percentage of readability provided by the barcode scanner
8) possibility of setting the activation of alarms and advance alarms, in relation to preset limits exceeded by “n” times (consecutive or otherwise) For example: alarm at 1st wrong code, advance alarm after 3 codes whose print quality is less than 50%, etc.
9) real time graphic display, with alternative modes, of the impact of defects and the degree of readability of each code, in the medium term for the pro­duction lot
10) graphic representation of the barcode’s actual positioning on the product with respect to an ideal point
11) management of alarms, reprinting and  reappli­cation of labels with incorrect codes (requires la­beling on still products). After “n” incorrect reprints, possibility of managing the line stoppage or label ap­plication indicating the “non-conformity”
12) management of the barcode scanner’s
paramete­rization
13) recording of readings and important production data with possibility of its export
The Code Verification software is embedded in the “Validation and print management” interface for Inspector 4.0 control unit

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