The Ministry of industry and trade: digital marking products will benefit those who are working legally

ST. PETERSBURG, April 14. /Offset. TASS Yelena pshennikova/. Digital marking of the goods will be of great benefit for anyone developing production in the legal field. The opinion was voiced in conversation with journalists the Deputy Minister of industry and trade of the Russian Federation Viktor Evtukhov.

“The introduction of a labelling system is a great benefit to everyone who develops his trade in the legal field, and impact on those who work in conditions of distorted competition,” he said, noting that the task provided them to agencies such competition to align.

Evtukhov noted that he considers it appropriate to legislate that every point of the sales was a information where and how you can contact if there are trying to realize the unmarked goods subject to mandatory labeling. “Also, the cash registers will be configured in order not to miss an illegal product,” said the official.

The first results

Interview of Deputy Minister with journalists was held in the framework of the visit located in Saint Petersburg the factory of one of the world’s largest tobacco manufacturers – Philip Morris International. In January of 2018 here has launched a digital experiment in the marking of cigarette packs. And after three months operation of the pilot project the manufacturer has described the system implementation process and its first results.

The plant, which produces cigarettes, consists of three production platforms – a tobacco shop, where there is primary processing of raw materials, workshop production of filters and cigarette shop. The latter is the final stage of production, from which the finished cigarettes. The entire production process robotized and requires minimal human intervention.

“Each production line consists of cigarette, packaging and converting machines. From a cigarette machine on the conveyor cigarettes come in packaging where are distributed in bundles, and from there follow in the converting machine, where they applied the tape,” – said the technician of the production of novel Poimin.

After this pack of cigarettes is grouped together in blocks and boxes and sent to the warehouse of finished products.

Experimental lines

Of the 14 production lines, located in the shop, in the experiment by labeling today are two – they are at the exit of the packaging machine installed scanners for applying a digital code.

“Lines that are already involved in the experiment are called medium – their capacity is 500 packs per minute. When implementing the system on these lines the costs were purely operational – need to modify the software and conduct the migration of scanners and printers,” said Director of relations with the EEU and the protection of trade marks Philip Morris International Alexander Mironenko.

In the future, the labelling system will apply to others, including high-speed lines, the performance of which is two times above 1000 packs per minute. The company believes that the introduction of the marking system on these lines will require some more costs.

“Here it will be necessary to retrofit lines with high-speed printers and readers in order to keep the speed the same after the implementation of the system. According to our calculations, the estimated cost for the conversion line can be as high as $300 thousand,” – says Myronenko.

However, he stresses that the company is considering labeling primarily as a important element of a comprehensive solution to the problem of illegal trafficking.

“We are convinced that all invested in the process of recoupment, in particular, due to the destruction of the market of illegal trafficking”, – he said.

The speed of production and the cost of cigarettes

The company main successful result of the first months of the pilot marking is called save speed performance – Philip Morris Izhora (PMI) – the largest factory of the tobacco company in the world by production capacity.

“The atmosphere of productive dialogue, which took place preparation of a pilot project, allowed us to perform system implementation marking maintaining the speed of production. It was the moment we feared most, because the speed decrease directly affects the performance and ultimately the final cost of goods,” says a company representative.

It eliminates the possibility of increasing the cost of cigarettes under current experimental conditions. “If everything remains within the framework of the agreed recommendations signed by the Minister of industry, any impact on the final cost of a pack of cigarettes will not be”, – said Mironenko.

Plans for the future

In the experiment, the labeling plans to increase civilian control. In particular, for these purposes, developed a mobile application through which consumers will be able to inform the competent authorities on the implementation of illegal product.

“Now for consumers, create a single mobile app where with the introduction of labelling system will gradually cover all categories of goods. Today, the application tests the read marking packets of cigarettes,” Ian says of Vitry – representative of the Center for advanced technology development (CRPD), which is the sole operator of the marking in the Russian Federation.

About the marking system

System development solid digital marking and traceability of goods in Russia in the form of public-private partnerships engaged in authorized by the government of the Russian Federation organization CRPT.

Pilot project on introduction of labeling of tobacco started from January 2018. In addition to Philip Morris in the experiment also involved other the world’s largest tobacco company, Japan Tobacco International, British American Tobacco.

In the framework of the pilot used a two-dimensional code format DataMatrix, which is applied directly to the packaging manufacturer and contains detailed information about the product: product name, manufacturer, date, time, and place of issue. According to the primary documents is the automated control of the movement of goods.