Syntegon Technology recently joined the Open Serialization Communication Standard (OPEN-SCS) Group. Joint goals include the fight against pharmaceutical counterfeiting and the establishment of interoperable interfaces for the implementation of adequate serialization solutions.
Open platforms are the future
The OPEN-SCS Group was initiated in 2014 to define, publish and maintain an OPC UA based standard and companion documents for the integration of serialization solutions. Syntegon fully supports the mission statement of the working group, to “allow functional interoperability of serialization solutions in order to seamlessly integrate the operations and business processes across organizations and regulatory bodies, aligning with other industry groups and standards whenever appropriate.”
“Apart from the fact that saving lives through anti-counterfeiting measures is an excellent reason to joint OPEN-SCS, we also firmly believe in open digital worlds and open platforms”, says Jörg Willburger, product manager for Track & Trace systems at Syntegon. “Customers should have no constraints and a high flexibility to choose. Mixed systems with machines and software from different suppliers, combined with common interfaces will become standard. And that’s exactly what we want to achieve with our commitment in OPEN-SCS.”
Syntegon will contribute to the success of OPEN-SCS with long-standing experience in Track & Trace and serialization solutions, as Jörg Willburger explains. “We know that successful serialization projects usually consist of many different applications. In the end, it’s all about having the right interfaces to combine them – and to realize the individual solution for each customer”, he says.
Syntegon, formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, has a wealth of expertise: the company not only manufactures machines and equipment for serialization. It also offers the corresponding software, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), line management and master data solutions, as well as a comprehensive Industry 4.0 portfolio. Based on decades of experience, Syntegon has realized numerous successful serialization projects across the globe.
“Win-win for everyone”
At OPEN-SCS, Marketing Director Thomas Halfmann is delighted that Syntegon has joined the working group: “All members are looking forward to working with Syntegon and to realizing our targets together.” Apart from suppliers of machines and software solutions, the group also includes consulting and pharmaceutical companies. “It really is a win-win for everyone”, Halfmann and Willburger agree.
About Syntegon Technology
Syntegon Technology is a leading global process and packaging technology provider. Formerly the packaging division of the Bosch Group, the company, headquartered in Waiblingen (Germany), has been offering complete solutions for the pharmaceutical and food industries for over 50 years. More than 6,100 employees at 30 locations in more than 15 countries generated a total revenue of 1.3 billion euros in 2019.
The portfolio of intelligent and sustainable technologies includes stand-alone machines, as well as complete systems and services. Fields of application in the pharmaceutical industry are the production, processing, filling, inspection and packaging of liquid and solid pharmaceuticals (e.g. syringes and capsules). In the food industry, the portfolio includes process technology for confectionery as well as packaging solutions for dry foods (e.g. bars, bakery products and coffee), frozen foods and dairy products.