The labelling of boxes and containers is essential to ensure that the parts contained within them are delivered successfully through the automotive supply chain to the correct destination, whether that is a warehouse location or a specific station alongside the assembly line. Labels also facilitate the digitalisation of the despatch, transport and receiving processes through the use of bar-codes, both 1D and 2D, and through the use of ‘smart labels’ incorporating RFID tags.
Suppliers would, however, struggle to cope if each customer or transporter requested labels of different sizes, with different content using different coding standards and since the 1980s Odette has been at the forefront of developing label standards, using both bar coding and RFID tags, which are in widespread use throughout the global supply chain.
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The new Odette GTL Generator. Successful labelling everytime!
12 May 2023
An increasing number of OEMs and Tier1 suppliers are requiring their suppliers to implement the GTL however not all suppliers have the appropriate back-end systems to produce these labels to the correct specification consistently.
Size matters for the Global Transport Label
02 Mar 2023
The automotive industry is increasingly moving to smaller pack quantities, for both deliveries and trackside storage, which has led to more and more tray and blister packaging being used. These very small packaging sizes pose particular challenges for labelling even with the small load container labels already specified by Odette. To meet these challenges, the Odette Technology Group has designed two even smaller labels which can carry the main data items of the Global Transport Label.
An increasing number of OEMs and Tier1 suppliers are requiring their suppliers to implement the European Profile of the Global Transport Label (GTL) as specified in Odette Recommendation LL08 (VDA 4994). Not all suppliers, however, have the appropriate back-end systems to produce these labels to the correct specification consistently*.Odette has therefore developed a simple tool that can generate compliant GTLs from a simple CSV input. The labels are generated as PDF files which can be printed with a large variety of ordinary laser printers or specialised label printers.
The Odette GTL Generator is available free of charge as a portable app.
* The data content as agreed in purchasing contracts/logistics agreements remains the responsibility of the user.
Developed by Odette and ECG, this recommendation has the following objectives:
- Define a standard location and fixing method for the vehicle identification label
- Recommend a size and layout for the vehicle identification label
- Define a minimum content for the vehicle identification label
- Recommend a bar-coding standard
- Provide recommendations for the quality of the vehicle identification label
Members of the JAIF combined the best features from their own label standards – including ISO 15394, ANSI MH10.8.1, the Odette Transport Label and the AIAG B-10 to produce a standard Global Transport Label which includes features such as the ISO “Licence plate,” Linear Bar Code 128 and 2D Data Matrix, QR Code and PDF417. Based on this standard, Odette has further developed and maintained a European profile.
This document details common Global Transportation Label standards on container-labelling for use by suppliers and customers, and has been updated to include Data Matrix and QR code 2D symbologies. It was developed by collaboration between the members of Odette, AIAG and JAMA automotive associations representing more than 80% of worldwide production.
This is the original A5 Odette Transport Label (210mm x 102mm) which is designed to be used on product packaging units and transport packaging units sent between supplier and customer. First introduced in the 1980s, this label spec has been updated several times and is still in widespread use in the automotive industry today.
This Odette label (210mm x 74mm) was introduced to allow its use on smaller units where the original A5 label was too large. It also allows for the inclusion of additional logistics information to facilitate the automated movement of product packaging units from warehouse to trackside.
The JAIF* has created a separate table of the ANSI MH10.8.2 Data Identifiers that are actually in use in automotive AutoID applications or are referenced in the various AutoID Recommendations that have been published, either jointly or independently, by JAIF members.
The table of JAIF Data Identifiers is a subset of the full list of Data Identifiers specified in the Data Identifiers standard ANSI MH10.8.2 which is published and maintained by the MH10 Committee for Unit Loads and Transport Packages of MHI.
* Joint Automotive Industry Forum = AIAG, JAMA/JAPIA and Odette