Top 5 things to know about TCO while evaluating serialization partners

May 10, 2024
By Stephen Lisa

When implementing serialization, it’s essential to consider the total costs. The initial costs include the direct costs of software, hardware, systems integrations, and validation. Often underestimated, however, are the expenses that incur post-implementation.   

Below is our view of the Top 5 Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) considerations to help companies quantify, understand, and control the total serialization costs. 

  1. Configurable Productized software is the wisest choice: Solutions that offer functionality with configurable vision inspection, packaging line management, serialization, and supply chain tracking often result in lower total cost of ownership since they can be realigned to quickly accommodate changing demands without requiring extensive code rewrites.
  2. Your data should reflect your supply chain: Serialization doesn’t end on the packaging line. Systech supports these operations, while our patented functionality facilitates the storage and tracking of a product’s characteristics, through all layers of aggregation and down the supply chain.  
  3. Serialization should be a product lifecycle decision: The serialization solution you deploy will exist for a long time, and, like any significant IT investment, it will require maintenance and changes, as your business and the regulations evolve. Systech customers can capitalize on the benefits of our large user base for maintenance support, performance enhancements, and new functionality provided as part of the standard product roadmap. 
  4. Eliminate surprises with quality assurance: Formal Quality Assurance (QA) programs aim to eliminate surprises that can produce unexpected spikes in costs and delays during deployment and operations.  Systech maintains the industry’s most comprehensive development and QA procedures.  
  5. Plan for scalability: Solutions that can scale across multiple sites, without custom coding, have lower costs. Repeatable deployments within a single organization gain financial and productivity benefits from this scalability.  


Systech is one of the only companies that can offer that can offer a holistic and productized serialization solution that transcends all architecture levels from L4 right down to the packaging lines. Ownership of the whole “stack” allows our customers to quickly adjust their programs to new products or regulatory requirements while minimizing the need for costly and time-consuming revalidations. 


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