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Batch coding and Labeling Jars Case Study

Supplier: Matthews Australasia
30 September, 2015

Cosmetic Innovations Australia recently contacted Matthews Australasia for a solution to increase production processes to cater for current and future needs.

Cosmetic Innovations Australia contract manufactures 100% natural and pure mineral cosmetics for Australian and overseas onsellers. Product demand has continuously increased since the company began operations 1996. Domestic and international clients now include major brands that are available in global and local retail chains such as Myer, Priceline, David Jones and various health food stores.


Clients generally ship their cosmetic jars to Cosmetic Innovations, which then fills the jars, codes them, and ships them back. The client receives a finished product, bar coded and ready to sell. To cope with rapid expansion and the challenges of having to ship products interstate and internationally in much larger volumes and at faster rates, Cosmetic Innovations needed to improve internal quality control and reduce production lead times. The company was also looking for a more sophisticated way of maintaining batch records that could be customised to meet client specifications.


Flexibility Labelling and coding information that could be quickly and easily tailored to client requirements and the contract job at hand. 


Cosmetic Innovations wanted a high quality and high speed label printing and application to speed up the production process, but without compromising retail-presentation standards. The company had a manual labelling machine that needed an operator to physically put one jar in at a time. This machine could not be automated. Cosmetic Innovations also wanted facilities for quality control, such as the ability to keep a record of individual customer’s batches.


Before any research, Cosmetic Innovations was just seeking a coding machine, intending to keep its manual labeller. However, Matthews’ solution was to cater for current and future needs, so the company had solid processes in place that would easily cope with continued growth. Matthews provided an Avery ALS 204 label applicator (LA), which labels the cosmetic jars with product information and a Linx 4900 continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer at the end of the production line to print batch coding for quality control. Matthews’ ability to provide a solution that had a coder and (automatic) label applicator on a conveyor was an advantage to Cosmetic Innovations

“With products being shipped internationally, as well as interstate in much larger volumes — at faster rates — our operational challenges were an exciting opportunity to further development.” — Callum Young, co-founder and director of Cosmetic Innovations Australia


The Avery ALS 204’s dispensing speed of up to 40m/min has allowed Cosmetic Innovations to significantly speed up turnaround times by labelling higher volumes at higher speed. The Linx 4900 CIJ printer’s ease of use and flexibility is providing quality control benefits for both the company and its clients. Cosmetic Innovations’ clients are now able to maintain a batch register that has been customised to their own record-keeping requirements