Apace Packaging has integrated a serialization system into its existing bottle and blister packaging lines in anticipation of sections of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) beginning to take effect in 2017. The DSCSA was enacted to add accountability and transparency to the U.S. drug supply chain.
Apace’s three-part serialization system tracks packages throughout packaging and shipment. The system includes ROC IT Solutions for the warehouse portion, Optel Vision solutions at the packaging line level and Oracle Pedigree and Serialization Manager (OPSM) for generating serial numbers and storing their Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) events. The Fountain Run, Kentucky company uses Oracle’s e-Business Suite (EBS) as its ERP system.
Apace said its serialization system complies with the DSCSA and operates in a seven-step process: batch startup, packaging process, commissioning serial numbers and aggregating, post-batch completion rework, shipping/receiving serial numbers to finished goods inventory, distribution center rework and finally, distribution, invoicing and data transfer functions.
Apace has implemented the serialization solution on its four packaging lines—two bottle lines and two blister lines. According to Apace, the company has experienced significant growth ever since and expects to acquire a new warehouse by the end of this year, as well as a new high-speed bottle packaging line sometime in 2016.