Lot Code Number Explanation & Formula

Posted on February 08, 2018 by

Simple can be powerful, and we've got a simple update for finished good lot codes that we think is pretty cool. You used to have to enter the finished good lot code manually for every inventory production run.

But since lot codes tend to be fairly similar for a given product — typically a prefix that identifies the product plus some representation of the date the batch was produced — we thought a little automation would be a nice feature.

There's A Formula For That

Now you can set a formula for your lot codes. For individual recipes you can input a prefix to use as well as a formula to calculate the lot code based on that prefix and the date of the production run. You'll find this option when you open a new production run (on the Daily Production Run page).

Lot Code Formula Button

Press the green button to set your formula!

The form includes lots of notes on how to build a lot code formula along with examples of different outputs. You can also set the formula as the default to use across all your recipes simply by checking a box(the prefix would still be unique, however).

Lot Code Formula Form

Set your prefix and formula here. Scroll down to see the formula rules and examples.

Whenever you update the prefix or formula, you'll see a preview of what the code will look like for the production run you're in, and the software will update that lot code in the production run as well.

The Possibilities

One of our customers has a neat way of using lot codes to maximize efficiency in lot tracing their products. They use several different kettles for mixing ingredients and incorporate a notation for the kettle that's used in a production run into their lot codes.

That way, if they ever have a recall related to contamination from equipment, they can see exactly what came out of each kettle on that date and avoid recalling product that never touched the equipment. If you need it, you can include that level of detail in the codes you generate in ReciPal by modifying prefixes or the calculated formula.

Have questions, comments? Leave them below.

About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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