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Standards as a Basis for Technical Industries

The fourth industrial revolution – shaped by extensive digitalisation and networking of products, value chains and business models – has arrived in the European industry. Industry Concept 4.0 is closely tied with specific economic objectives and enables every company to distinguish itself clearly from the international competition. The GS1 solutions support you in its successful implementation.

Industrial companies must work hard to assert themselves in the present market environment. They have to save costs, take action against counterfeiting, adjust business models and align themselves more and more closely to customer needs. What is more, they need to reduce process costs, choose components that cannot be forged and develop life-cycle maintenance models and additional services. Much of that can be achieved by applying GS1 standards and processes.

Inspired by its success in the consumer goods sector, processes are now also being increasingly digitalised and optimised in technical industries:

  • Clear identification of products – general or serialised
  • Structured data exchange (master and transaction data) using standardised formats (EDI – EANCOM, XML)
  • Supplies, traceability
  • Trademark protection
  • Maintenance and life-cycle management

Spare part management
If a spare part is ordered, it is important that it is the right one. This requires unique identification for the individual machine or system components. GS1 offers a solution for this with its Serialised Global Trade Item Number (SGTIN) and the compact GS1 DataMatrix barcode, for example.

Servicing and maintenance
Machines and systems are often very complex systems. To service and maintain them, the individual components must be identified as clearly as possible to obtain the correct information.

Trackability and traceability
Trackability and traceability increase consumer safety because the products in question can be identified clearly. Unique and serialised identification for products and components is indispensable for minimising time and costs for recalls.

Trademark protection
Products and components can be identified using radio frequency technology (RFID) or the serialised GS1 DataMatrix. Tracking and tracing over the entire value chain, from production to installation, and over the entire maintenance cycle, can therefore be made transparent using the GS1 identification key.

Company-Wide Supply Chain Management Objectives:

  • Efficient, resource-saving, cost-effective processes based on standards
  • Automated information flows
  • Needs-based planning and supply
  • Optimum availability, reliability of supply
  • Trackability and traceability
  • Transparency and risk mitigation
  • Optimum maintenance
  • Trademark protection

Our basic principles:

  • GS1 standards
  • ECR process models
  • Supply chain management best practice

Your added value:

  • Investment security
  • Based on standards and best practices
  • Specialist network