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Sterling Systems & Controls customized batching instrumentation and control systems can include as little or as much tracking and traceability as the customer wants to implement. It will depend on the customer’s ability to fund and implement the tracking system. Several inventory strategies are available. FIFO is the most common. Operators will be required to enter a valid lot number before the system will proceed. This data entry can be done by scanning a barcode, manual data entry and by RFID. The Batching Control System will include an Ingredient Lot Table. This contains records for each unique lot number of each ingredient. New records are added to this table when the ingredient is received.
Material Traceability and Batch Validation can be instrumented on all semi-automatic hand-add, kitchen-type systems or automatic batching control systems.