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.
The solution, called Universal Track and Trace, consists of
Avery Dennison printers, tag and label design software, and the
D2CommTM online data management tool.
Universal Track and Trace
requires no custom programming, says 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
The CPSIA regulations, which become 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
With the Universal Track and Trace program,
Incorporate a unique alphanumeric identifier--or garment license
plate--into product tracking labels.
links to component information and other specific manufacturing
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
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.
How it Works
In operation, the Universal Track and Trace solution is a
two-part process. First, the user prints a contractor ID label that
has been designed to identify which information to capture. Next,
the user periodically connects to Avery Dennison's D2Comm website.
D2Comm captures the label data, including the specific serial number
and its associated garment data, and stores it in a table. Once
captured, the factory does not have to maintain separate data
records on spreadsheets.
Avery Dennison assigns the factory's label to a username, which
authorizes only that person to view data, says Dancausse. Marking
the data in the label design triggers the data upload. Once
uploaded, an authorized operator can select, view, and download data
quickly and easily. Best of all, this is done without any custom
programming. If you are printing your labels in plant, you can be up
and running today.
Manufacturers who use the Avery Dennison InfoChain Express (ICE)
solution and require more comprehensive services regarding purchase
order management, certification document handling, and supply chain
item tracking may inquire about how the ICE 3.0 CPSIA compliance
module can meet those needs.
Avery Dennison is a recognized industry leader that develops
innovative identification and decorative solutions for businesses
and consumers worldwide. The Company's products include
pressure-sensitive labeling materials; graphics imaging media;
retail apparel ticketing and branding systems; RFID inlays and tags;
office products; specialty tapes; and a variety of specialized
labels for automotive, industrial and durable goods applications. A
FORTUNE 500 Company with sales of $6.7 billion in 2008, Avery
Dennison is based in Pasadena, California and employs more than
36,000 employees in over 60 countries.
CPSIA Technology Solutions.
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