Avery Dennison has launched a new labelling solution that allows manufacturers to meet US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) requirements for product tracking, and then manage the tracking data online.

The solution, called Universal Track and Trace, consists of Avery Dennison printers, tag and label design software, and the D2Comm online data management tool.

The program "allows users to print and capture the specific label data that is mandated by CPSIA, and then add a unique serial number on the label that ties it to additional production data," says Michael Dancausse, Avery Dennison product manager, in-plant printing solutions.

"And we can make all this available online."

The CPSIA regulations, which became effective on 14 August, affect apparel manufacturers and importers who supply children's products.

They require a permanently applied label to be attached to the items containing the product's production location and date, as well as the manufacturer's name and the product's batch or lot number. 

The Universal Track and Trace program allows factories to incorporate a unique alphanumeric identifier - or garment license plate - into product tracking labels.

This is the key to retrieving data about a specific component in a fabric lot. In the event of a garment recall, the label ID leads to the garment's fabric supplier and then helps determine the full scope of goods that used the questionable fabric.

Users can also create links to component information and other specific manufacturing data, and view and download the data from a secure website.