Label Printing

Labels are used to mark contents of containers. They are used to mark raw materials, products, and samples, namely material labels, product labels, and sample labels, respectively. Retain copies of labels affixed to containers and archive them as a part of the batch record.

This chapter covers the following topics:


Following is a requirement that customers have for a printing and tracking labels:

Is label printing and tracking supported?

Yes. Labels mark the contents of containers in organizations that produce controlled materials such as pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals. Oracle Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Process Manufacturing prints and tracks labels for raw materials products, intermediates, and quality samples that are part of the production process. Track label reprinting with a reprint number that appears on the actual label.

Produce Accurate Labels for Every Part of the Production Process

Oracle Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Process Manufacturing prints labels, and determines whether a label was previously printed for a defined set of key values such as a raw or intermediate material, batch number, product number, or sample number. If the label was previously printed, then a reprint number is created to track the label printing operation. The reprint number is printed on the label itself to indicate that more than one copy exists. A variety of data elements are available for customized label design.

Understanding Label Management

The flow of raw materials, components, and finished goods must be tracked and managed throughout the supply chain. Tracking raw materials, ingredients, intermediates and finished goods throughout production requires timely information capture and transfer to improve production speed and efficiency. Production tracking to the unit or material level helps improve efficiencies at every level within the production process. Barcode printers and readers are used in the context of many business events including dispensing, in-process quality sampling, and batch output. Oracle Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Process Manufacturing provides label support that integrates third-party label printing software packages with components from the Oracle Warehouse Management System (WMS). The application extracts data from tables, and manages it with Extensible Markup Language (XML) formats to print custom labels. Configure individual application business events to enable user-initiated or automatic label printing. Label count and reprint options are available. XML provides fully configurable label output. Embedded barcode images in the Control Batch Record assist operators on the plant floor to retrieve batch information quickly and reliably using mobile barcode readers.

Oracle Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for Process Manufacturing uses the label-printing solution available in Oracle Warehouse Management System (WMS) to print customized labels.

Refer to "Compliance Labeling Setup" and related topics in the Oracle Warehouse Management Implementation Guide for additional information.

Labels available include:

Major Features

Configure the application to print selected labels automatically. Copies of the labels affixed to containers are retained and archived in image or PDF formats. Print or reprint labels at various points in a business scenario. When you reprint, the labels display the print count to indicate the total number of times the label was printed. Authorized approvers must approve the label printing or reprinting Configure the label content as described the Oracle Warehouse Management Implementation Guide.

Material Label

The material label is used primarily for identifying raw materials in the manufacturing process. The label is printed for raw materials moved to an inventory organization during purchase receipt. It is also printed to label materials dispensed into containers, or to identify materials that are reverse dispensed and returned to stores.

Data presented on a material label includes:

Triggering Events

Material label printing is triggered by the following business events:

Product Label

Print product labels manually for lots reserved to a batch. This is useful when you preallocate product lots for a batch and print the labels in advance. The product label is generated for all products produced as part of the batch. Data elements in a product label are:

Sample Label

Print sample labels manually. The sample label is generated when the intermediates or products are yielded and marked for clearance by quality control. The data elements that are present in a product label are:

Triggering Event

Quality sample labels are printed automatically when a sample record is saved.

Pallet Label

Dispensed raw materials for each individual batch are stored in individual cages. These cages are identified using the Batch Collation Label. This is generated when the first dispense of the material in a batch occurs.

Label Storage

All labels of ingredients, intermediates, products, and samples are stored against each batch record. In addition to storing the labels generated by the application, you can attach labels scanned from hard copies produced for a specific batch.

Security Code on Labels

A security code is used for controlling raw material for drugs. When controlled drugs are dispensed, the bags are sealed with a security tag. This number is recorded against the dispense in dispensing window that prints out on the label. The same number is also recorded in batch records, enabling a three-way match of the security code for the seal code, label, and batch record. This ensures that the container seal is not

Handling Code

The handling code is the hazard code attached to a raw material that indicates the precautions to take when dispensing or handling it.

Printing Dispense Labels

To print dispense labels

  1. Navigate to Dispensing.

  2. Select the Label Type to print and dispense the material.

    Note: Selecting the label type is not necessary if autoprint configuration is enabled

  3. Select Apply and obtain the e-signature.

    Scan and attach the label to the dispense record from the Dispensed Material Activity Details window, if you want to retain the copy of the label in Oracle Applications. The Label Details window displays the history of labels printed earlier for a business flow or for a given label type.