Quality tracking system for flat steel products using barcode - Printing, reading and information processing

This document specifies a method using a barcoding system for tracing potential isolated defects that can be present in the following kinds of coated or uncoated steel flat products, for example:
-   electro-galvanised surface
-   galvanised surface
-   galvannealed surface
-   cold rolled surface
This method, named “quality tracking”, aims at transferring additional material information to the steel users, especially the location of some isolated defects, in a reliable way. This method enables the manufacturer or purchaser to eliminate blanks or coils containing defects.
The method uses a 1D barcode to identify each section of steel strip.
NOTE 1   The stakeholders most involved in this technique are suppliers of steel flat products, car makers, appliance makers, part manufacturers, blanking line builders, steel processors, service centres, etc. All stakeholders can benefit from this project since defects can be traced, and, therefore, the steel containing defects can be eliminated or set apart of the production line.
NOTE 2   In the first stages of development, this method was called "defect tracking" (see [1]) and has been changed into "quality tracking" at the beginning of the standardization process.    
NOTE 3   Quality tracking can be applied to other types of coated or uncoated steel flat products such as pickled and oiled, organic coated, and steels for packaging. Quality tracking can be applied for coiled materials for which the technology of quality tracking is applicable.
NOTE 4   If quality tracking data are used outside of the purpose of quality tracking, it is under the responsibility of the user.
NOTE 5   Quality tracking can be applied to other materials than steel.
NOTE 6   The way to collect the information to be transferred to the user is out of the scope of this document.

Qualitätsverfolgungssystem für Flachstahlprodukte mittels Barcode - Druck, Erfassung und Informationsverarbeitung

Dieses Dokument beschreibt eine Methode zur Verwendung eines Barcodesystems für die Verfolgung potentieller, vereinzelter Fehler, die in den folgenden Arten von beschichteten und unbeschichteten Flachstahlprodukten vorhanden sein können:
-   Elektrolytisch verzinkte Oberfläche
-   Feuerverzinkte Oberfläche
-   Galvanisierte Oberfläche
-   Kalt gewalzte Oberfläche
Diese Methode namens "Quality Tracking" zielt darauf ab, zusätzliche Materialinformationen zuverlässig an die Stahlanwender zu übertragen, insbesondere die Positionen einiger vereinzelter Defekte. Diese Methode ermöglicht dem Produzenten oder Käufer, Platinen oder Coils mit Defekten auszusortieren.
Diese Methode nutzt einen 1D Barcode zur Identifikation jedes Abschnitts eines Stahlbandes.
ANMERKUNG 1    Die Akteure, die am meisten in diese Technik involviert sind, sind die Lieferanten von Flachstahlprodukten, Automobilhersteller, Gerätehersteller, Teileproduzenten, Platinenschneidanlagenhersteller, Stahlverarbeiter, Servicecenter, etc. Alle Akteure können von diesem Projekt profitieren, indem Defekte verfolgt werden können und der Stahl, der Defekte enthält, aus der Produktionslinie eliminiert oder aussortiert werden kann.
ANMERKUNG 2    Während der ersten Etappen der Entwicklung wurde diese Methode "Defect Tracking" (siehe[1]) genannt und wurde zu Beginn des Standardisierungsprozesses in "Quality Tracking" geändert.
ANMERKUNG 3    "Quality Tracking" kann auch bei anderen Arten von beschichteten oder unbeschichteten Flachstahlprodukten angewendet werden, wie etwa gebeiztem und geöltem, organisch beschichtetem und Verpackungsmaterial. Quality Tracking kann bei aufgewickelten Materialien genutzt werden, bei denen die Technologie von Quality Tracking anwendbar ist.
ANMERKUNG 4    Wenn "Quality Tracking"-Daten außerhalb des Zwecks von "Quality Tracking" genutzt werden, liegt das in der Verantwortung des Anwenders.
ANMERKUNG 5    Quality Tracking kann auf anderen Materialien als Stahl angewendet werden.
ANMERKUNG 6    Die Art und Weise, wie Informationen gesammelt werden, um an den Anwender gesendet zu werden, ist außerhalb des Geltungsbereichs dieses europäischen Standards.

Système de suivi de la qualité des produits plats en acier utilisant des codes barres - Marquage, lecture et traitement de l’information

Le présent document spécifie une méthode utilisant un système à base de code à barres pour tracer de potentiels défauts isolés pouvant être présents sur les produits plats revêtus et non revêtus suivants par exemple :
-   surface électrozinguée
-   surface galvanisée
-   surface galvanisée alliée
-   surface laminée à froid
Cette méthode, appelée "Quality tracking", a pour objectif de transférer des informations complémentaires aux utilisateurs d’acier, principalement la localisation de défauts isolés, de manière fiable. Cette méthode permet au fournisseur ou à l'acheteur d'éliminer les flans ou les bobines contenant des défauts.
La méthode a recours à des codes à barres 1D pour identifier chaque partie de la bobine d’acier.
NOTE 1   Les parties prenantes les plus concernées par cette méthode sont les fournisseurs d’aciers plats, les constructeurs automobiles, les fournisseurs de flans, les constructeurs de lignes de découpe, les centres de services, les utilisateurs d’acier plat etc. Toutes les parties prenantes peuvent tirer bénéfice de ce projet grâce au repérage des défauts et ainsi à la possibilité d’éliminer l'acier contenant des défauts ou de le mettre à part de la ligne de production.  
NOTE 2   Dans les premières étapes de développement de la solution, cette méthode a été appelée « defect tracking" (voir [1]) et a été renommée au début du processus de normalisation « Quality tracking ».
NOTE 3   Le Quality tracking peut être utilisé sur d’autres type de surface revêtue ou non comme décapée, et huilée, aciers avec revêtement organique et aciers pour emballage. Le Quality tracking peut être utilisé sur tout matériau en bobine pour lequel la technologie du Quality tracking est applicable.
NOTE 4   Si le Quality tracking est utilisé pour un autre objet que le Quality tracking décrit dans le present document, ceci se fait sous la responsabilité de l’utilisateur.
NOTE 5   Le Quality tracking peut être appliqué à d’autres matériaux que l’acier.
NOTE 6   La manière de collecter l’information à transférer à l’utilisateur est hors du domaine d'application du présent document.

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Technical Committee
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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST EN 10372:2020
01-julij-2020
Sistem sledenja kakovosti za ravne jeklene izdelke z uporabo črtne kode -
Tiskanje, branje in obdelava podatkov

Quality tracking system for flat steel products using barcode - Printing, reading and

information processing

Qualitätsverfolgungssystem für Flachstahlprodukte mittels Barcode - Druck, Erfassung

und Informationsverarbeitung

Système de suivi de la qualité des produits plats en acier utilisant des codes barres -

Marquage, lecture et traitement de l’information
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN 10372:2020
ICS:
03.120.99 Drugi standardi v zvezi s Other standards related to
kakovostjo quality
35.040.50 Tehnike za samodejno Automatic identification and
razpoznavanje in zajem data capture techniques
podatkov
77.140.50 Ploščati jekleni izdelki in Flat steel products and semi-
polizdelki products
SIST EN 10372:2020 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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SIST EN 10372:2020
EN 10372
EUROPEAN STANDARD
NORME EUROPÉENNE
April 2020
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
ICS 35.040.50; 77.140.50
English Version
Quality tracking system for flat steel products using
barcode - Printing, reading and information processing

Système de suivi de la qualité des produits plats en Qualitätsverfolgungssystem für Flachstahlprodukte

acier utilisant des codes barres - Marquage, lecture et mittels Barcode - Druck, Erfassung und

traitement de l'information Informationsverarbeitung
This European Standard was approved by CEN on 16 January 2020.

CEN members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this

European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration. Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references

concerning such national standards may be obtained on application to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre or to any CEN

member.

This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other language made by

translation under the responsibility of a CEN member into its own language and notified to the CEN-CENELEC Management

Centre has the same status as the official versions.

CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,

Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,

Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and

United Kingdom.
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATION
COMITÉ EUROPÉEN DE NORMALISATION
EUROPÄISCHES KOMITEE FÜR NORMUNG
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre: Rue de la Science 23, B-1040 Brussels

© 2020 CEN All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved Ref. No. EN 10372:2020 E

worldwide for CEN national Members.
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EN 10372:2020 (E)
Contents Page

European foreword .................................................................................................................................... 3

1 Scope .................................................................................................................................................. 4

2 Normative references .................................................................................................................. 4

3 Terms and definitions ................................................................................................................. 5

4 Abbreviations ................................................................................................................................. 6

5 Principle ........................................................................................................................................... 7

6 Requirements ................................................................................................................................. 9

6.1 Definition of the 1D barcode ..................................................................................................... 9

6.2 Compact data carrier (CDC) ................................................................................................... 11

6.2.1 General ........................................................................................................................................... 11

6.2.2 Transfer of the compact data carrier to the user ........................................................... 13

6.3 Barcode reading unit (BRU) ................................................................................................... 13

7 Information to be supplied by the steel user ................................................................... 14

7.1 Mandatory information ........................................................................................................... 14

7.2 Options ........................................................................................................................................... 14

8 Verification of the printed 1D barcode .............................................................................. 14

9 Reporting of the results ........................................................................................................... 14

Annex A (informative) Barcode attribution .................................................................................. 15

Annex B (informative) Example of the content of the Compact Data Carrier (CDC) ....... 16

Bibliography ............................................................................................................................................... 18

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European foreword

This document (EN 10372:2020) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 459 "ECISS -

European Committee for Iron and Steel Standardization ”, the secretariat of which is held by AFNOR.

This European Standard shall be given the status of a national standard, either by publication of an

identical text or by endorsement, at the latest by October 2020 and conflicting national standards

shall be withdrawn at the latest by October 2020.

Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject

of patent rights. CEN shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.

According to the CEN-CENELEC Internal Regulations, the national standards organisations of the

following countries are bound to implement this European Standard: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,

Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,

Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal,

Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Through its subcommittee SC 9 “Coated and uncoated flat products to be used for cold forming”

(secretariat: AFNOR).
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1 Scope

This document specifies a method using a barcoding system for tracing isolated defects that can be

present in the following kinds of coated or uncoated steel flat products, for example:

— electro-galvanised surface;
— galvanised surface;
— galvannealed surface;
— cold rolled surface.

This method, named “quality tracking”, aims to transfer additional material information to steel

users, in particular the location of some isolated defects, in a reliable way. This method enables the

manufacturer or purchaser to remove blanks or coils containing defects.
The method uses a 1D barcode to identify each section of steel strip.

NOTE 1 The stakeholders most involved in this technique are suppliers of steel flat products, car makers,

appliance makers, part manufacturers, blanking line builders, steel processors, service centres, etc. All

stakeholders can benefit from this project since defects can be traced, and, therefore, the steel containing

defects can be eliminated or set apart from the production line.

NOTE 2 In the first stages of development, this method was called “defect tracking” (see [3]) and has been

changed into “quality tracking” at the beginning of the standardization process.

NOTE 3 Quality tracking can be applied to other types of coated or uncoated steel flat products such as

pickled and oiled, organic coated, and steels for packaging. Quality tracking can be applied to coiled materials

for which the technology of quality tracking is applicable.

NOTE 4 If quality tracking data are used outside of the purpose of quality tracking, it is under the

responsibility of the user.
NOTE 5 Quality tracking can be applied to other materials than steel.

NOTE 6 The way to collect the information to be transferred to the user is out of the scope of this document.

2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments)

applies.
EN 1556, Bar coding - Terminology
EN 10020:2000, Definition and classification of grades of steel
EN 10021:2006, General technical delivery conditions for steel products
EN 10079, Definition of steel products
EN 10204, Metallic products - Types of inspection documents

EN ISO/IEC 15416, Information technology - Automatic identification and data capture techniques -

Bar code print quality test specification - Linear symbols (ISO/IEC 15416)
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EN 10372:2020 (E)

ISO /IEC 15417:2007, Information technology - Automatic identification and data capture techniques

- Code 128 barcode symbology specification

ISO/IEC 16022, Information technology - Automatic identification and data capture techniques – Data

Matrix bar code symbology specification
3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document the terms and definitions given in EN 10020:2000,

EN 10021:2006, EN 10079, EN 10204, EN 1556, EN ISO/IEC 15416, ISO/IEC 15417, ISO IEC 16022

and the following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

• IEC Electropedia: available at http://www.electropedia.org/
• ISO Online browsing platform: available at https://www.iso.org/obp
3.1
quality tracking

action of finding previously detected isolated defects in a steel strip at the blanking line of the steel

user by printing a barcode on the strip at regular intervals aiming at sorting out of the supply chain

the parts containing defects
3.2
barcode

array of parallel rectangular bars and spaces arranged according to the encoding rules of a particular

symbol specification in order to represent data in machine readable form
Note 1 to entry: See EN 1556.
3.3
code 128C

specific barcode that is used to mark positions on steel strips according to this document

Note 1 to entry: See ISO/IEC 15417.
3.4
barcode reading unit
BRU

device used to capture the data encoded in a barcode symbol consisting of two parts

a) the scanner, an input device sending signals proportional to the reflectivity of each successive

element of the symbol to the decoder, and

b) the decoder, examining the signals from the scanner to translate them into recognizable or

computer-compatible data
Note 1 to entry: See EN 1556.
Note 2 to entry: The decoder itself is sometimes erroneously called a reader.
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3.5
compact data carrier
CDC

information carrier generated by the information system of the steelmaker containing the

complementary information on the shape of a character string to be passed on by the steelmaker to

the steel user

Note 1 to entry: The compact data carrier is dedicated to complementary information. It does not aim to

address all 1D barcodes, but only to provide selected complementary information.

Note 2 to entry: The compact data carrier is considered as a second information carrier since the first one is

the printed barcode to identify each metal unit.
3.6
mother coil

primary coil with a printed 1D barcode containing its specific coil identification (coil-ID)

Note 1 to entry: 1D barcode printing is performed by the steelmaker at the finishing line of the coil.

3.7
delivered coil
coil delivered to the steel user by the steelmaker

Note 1 to entry: It can be identical to the mother coil or constituted of several parts of mother coils.

3.8
metal unit
length of product that is linked to one barcode
3.9
barcode period

distance between the starting points of two consecutive barcodes on the mother coil

4 Abbreviations
BC 1D Barcode printed on the strip
BRU Barcode Reading Unit reading the 1D barcode on the strip

CDC Compact Data Carrier containing the complementary information on the shape of a

character string to be passed on by steelmaker to the user

CPU Central Processing Unit interpreting the 1D barcode content with the corresponding

quality information to provide the right output to the user

URS User Reading Solution combining BRU and CPU to provide the relevant information to

the user
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
QT Quality Tracking
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5 Principle

Isolated defects are unintentionally generated in steel strip at steelmaking and rolling stages.

NOTE 1 Slivers, blisters, local scratches are typical examples of isolated defects that can be present at the

surface of coiled strips.

Advanced online automatic surface inspection systems can detect the defects at rolling stage.

However, once the strip is coiled for delivery, it is then impossible to discern the position of the

defects in the strip if no specific tracking system is implemented.

The steelmaker will print 1D barcodes on the strip surface in its finishing lines, such as this 1D

barcode will be printed at evenly spaced intervals (typically every meter) all along the coil. Each

specific 1D barcode will guarantee the traceability of each metal unit.

Quality Tracking involves the use of the CDC to pass on the complementary information to the user.

This solution is the easiest way to start up Quality Tracking for both parties (steelmaker and user).

The steelmaker shall print the 1D barcodes on the strip surface at finishing line stage.

NOTE 2 Hot dip galvanising or electro-galvanising lines are typical examples of finishing lines.

Then, the steelmaker shall identify the quality related data (for example isolated defects) by means

of an Inspection System (e.g. automatic surface inspection system
...

SLOVENSKI STANDARD
oSIST prEN 10372:2019
01-julij-2019
Sistem sledenja kakovosti za ravne jeklene izdelke z uporabo črtne kode -
Tiskanje, branje in obdelava podatkov

Quality tracking system for flat steel products using barcode - Printing, reading and

information processing

Qualitätsverfolgungssystem für Flachstahlprodukte mittels Barcode - Druck, Erfassung

und Informationsverarbeitung

Système de suivi de la qualité des produits plats en acier utilisant des codes barres -

Marquage, lecture et traitement de l’information
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: prEN 10372
ICS:
03.120.99 Drugi standardi v zvezi s Other standards related to
kakovostjo quality
35.040.50 Tehnike za samodejno Automatic identification and
razpoznavanje in zajem data capture techniques
podatkov
77.140.50 Ploščati jekleni izdelki in Flat steel products and semi-
polizdelki products
oSIST prEN 10372:2019 en,fr,de

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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oSIST prEN 10372:2019
DRAFT
EUROPEAN STANDARD
prEN 10372
NORME EUROPÉENNE
EUROPÄISCHE NORM
May 2019
ICS 35.040.50; 77.140.50
English Version
Quality tracking system for flat steel products using
barcode - Printing, reading and information processing

Système de suivi de la qualité des produits plats en Qualitätsverfolgungssystem für Flachstahlprodukte

acier utilisant des codes barres - Marquage, lecture et mittels Barcode - Druck, Erfassung und

traitement de l'information Informationsverarbeitung

This draft European Standard is submitted to CEN members for enquiry. It has been drawn up by the Technical Committee

CEN/TC 459/SC 9.

If this draft becomes a European Standard, CEN members are bound to comply with the CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations

which stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a national standard without any alteration.

This draft European Standard was established by CEN in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other

language made by translation under the responsibility of a CEN member into its own language and notified to the CEN-CENELEC

Management Centre has the same status as the official versions.

CEN members are the national standards bodies of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,

Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,

Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,

Turkey and United Kingdom.

Recipients of this draft are invited to submit, with their comments, notification of any relevant patent rights of which they are

aware and to provide supporting documentation.

Warning : This document is not a European Standard. It is distributed for review and comments. It is subject to change without

notice and shall not be referred to as a European Standard.
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR STANDARDIZATION
COMITÉ EUROPÉEN DE NORMALISATION
EUROPÄISCHES KOMITEE FÜR NORMUNG
CEN-CENELEC Management Centre: Rue de la Science 23, B-1040 Brussels

© 2019 CEN All rights of exploitation in any form and by any means reserved Ref. No. prEN 10372:2019 E

worldwide for CEN national Members.
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prEN 10372:2019 (E)
Contents Page

European foreword .................................................................................................................................... 3

1 Scope .................................................................................................................................................. 4

2 Normative references .................................................................................................................. 4

3 Terms and definitions ................................................................................................................. 5

4 Abbreviations ................................................................................................................................. 6

5 Principle ........................................................................................................................................... 7

6 Requirements ................................................................................................................................. 9

6.1 Definition of the 1D barcode ..................................................................................................... 9

6.2 Compact data carrier (CDC) ................................................................................................... 11

6.2.1 General ........................................................................................................................................... 11

6.2.2 transfer of the compact data carrier to the user ............................................................ 13

6.3 Barcode reading unit (BRU) ................................................................................................... 13

7 Information to be supplied by the steel user ................................................................... 14

7.1 Mandatory information ........................................................................................................... 14

7.2 Options ........................................................................................................................................... 14

8 Verification of the printed 1D barcode .............................................................................. 14

9 Reporting of the results ........................................................................................................... 14

Annex A (informative) Barcode attribution .................................................................................. 15

Annex B (informative) Example of the content of the Compact Data Carrier (CDC) ....... 16

Bibliography ............................................................................................................................................... 18

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European foreword

This document (prEN 1037:2019) has been prepared by Technical Committee CEN/TC 459 "ECISS -

European Committee for Iron and Steel Standardization ”, the secretariat of which is held by AFNOR.

This document is currently submitted to the CEN Enquiry.

Through its subcommittee SC 9 “Coated and uncoated flat products to be used for cold forming”

(secretariat: AFNOR)
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prEN 10372:2019 (E)
1 Scope

This document specifies a method using a barcoding system for tracing potential isolated defects

that can be present in the following kinds of coated or uncoated steel flat products, for example:

• electro-galvanised surface
• galvanised surface
• galvannealed surface
• cold rolled surface

This method, named “quality tracking”, aims at transferring additional material information to the

steel users, especially the location of some isolated defects, in a reliable way. This method enables

the manufacturer or purchaser to eliminate blanks or coils containing defects.
The method uses a 1D barcode to identify each section of steel strip.

NOTE 1 The stakeholders most involved in this technique are suppliers of steel flat products, car makers,

appliance makers, part manufacturers, blanking line builders, steel processors, service centres, etc. All

stakeholders can benefit from this project since defects can be traced, and, therefore, the steel containing

defects can be eliminated or set apart of the production line.

NOTE 2 In the first stages of development, this method was called “defect tracking” (see [1]) and has been

changed into “quality tracking” at the beginning of the standardization process.

NOTE 3 Quality tracking can be applied to other types of coated or uncoated steel flat products such as

pickled and oiled, organic coated, and steels for packaging. Quality tracking can be applied for coiled materials

for which the technology of quality tracking is applicable.

NOTE 4 If quality tracking data are used outside of the purpose of quality tracking, it is under the

responsibility of the user.
NOTE 5 Quality tracking can be applied to other materials than steel.

NOTE 6 The way to collect the information to be transferred to the user is out of the scope of this document.

2 Normative references

The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content

constitutes requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For

undated references, the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments)

applies.
EN 1556, Bar coding - Terminology
EN 10020:2000, Definition and classification of grades of steel
EN 10021:2006, General technical delivery conditions for steel products
EN 10079, Definition of steel products
EN 10204, Metallic products - Types of inspection documents

EN ISO/IEC 15416, Information technology - Automatic identification and data capture techniques -

Bar code print quality test specification - Linear symbols (ISO/IEC 15416)
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prEN 10372:2019 (E)

ISO /EC 15417, Information technology - Automatic identification and data capture techniques - code

128 barcode symbolisation specification

ISO/IEC 16022, Information technology - Automatic identification and data capture techniques – Data

Matrix barcode symbolisation specification
3 Terms and definitions

For the purposes of this document the terms and definitions given in EN 10020:2000,

EN 10021:2006, EN 10079, EN 10204, EN 1556, EN ISO/IEC 15416, ISO IEC 15417, ISO IEC 16022

and the following apply.

ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:

• IEC Electropedia: available at http://www.electropedia.org/
• ISO Online browsing platform: available at http://www.iso.org/obp
3.1
quality tracking

action of finding previously detected isolated defects in a steel strip at the blanking line of the steel

user by printing a barcode on the strip at regular intervals aiming at sorting out of the supply chain

the parts containing defects
3.2
barcode

array of parallel rectangular bars and spaces arranged according to the encoding rules of a particular

symbol specification in order to represent data in machine readable form
Note 1 to entry: See EN 1556.
3.3
code 128C

specific barcode that is used to mark positions on steel strips according to this document

Note 1 to entry: See ISO/IEC 15417.
3.4
barcode reading unit (BRU)

device used to capture the data encoded in a barcode symbol consisting of two parts

a) the scanner, an input device sending signals proportional to the reflectivity of each successive

element of the symbol to the decoder, and

b) the decoder, examining the signals from the scanner to translate them into recognizable or

computer-compatible data
Note 1 to entry: See EN 1556.
Note 2 to entry: The decoder itself is sometimes erroneously called a reader.
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3.5
compact data carrier (CDC)

information carrier generated by the information system of the steelmaker containing the

complementary information on the shape of a character string to be passed on by the steelmaker to

the steel user

Note 1 to entry: The compact data carrier is dedicated to complementary information. It does not aim to

address all 1D barcodes, but only to provide selected complementary information.

Note 2 to entry: The compact data carrier is considered as a second information carrier since the first one is

the printed barcode to identify each metal unit.
3.6
mother coil

primary coil with a printed 1D barcode containing its specific coil identification (coil-ID)

Note 1 to entry: 1D barcode printing is performed by the steelmaker at the finishing line of the coil.

3.7
delivered coil
coil delivered to the steel user by the steelmaker

Note 1 to entry: It can be identical to the mother coil or constituted of several parts of mother coils.

3.8
metal unit
length of product that is linked to one barcode
3.9
barcode period

distance between the starting points of two consecutive barcodes on the mother coil.

4 Abbreviations
BC 1D Barcode printed on the strip
BRU Barcode Reading Unit reading the 1D barcode on the strip

CDC Compact Data Carrier containing the complementary information on the shape of a

character string to be passed on by steelmaker to the user

CPU Central Processing Unit interpreting the 1D barcode content with the corresponding

quality information to provide the right output to the user

URS User Reading Solution combining BRU and CPU to provide the relevant information to

the user.
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
QT Quality Tracking
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5 Principle

Isolated defects are unintentionally generated in steel strip at steelmaking and rolling stages.

NOTE 1 Slivers, blisters, local scratches are typical examples of isolated defects that can be present at the

surface of coiled strips.

Advanced online automatic surface inspection systems can detect the defects at rolling stage.

However, once the strip is coiled for delivery, it is therefore impossible to find out the position of the

defects in the strip if no specific tracking system is implemented.

The steelmaker will print 1D barcodes on the strip surface in its finishing lines, such as this 1D

barcode will be printed at evenly spaced intervals (typically each meter) all along the coil. Each

specific 1D barcode will guarantee the traceability of each metal unit.

Quality Tracking involves the use of the CDC to pass on the complementary information to the user.

This solution is the easiest way to start up Quality Tracking for both parties (steelmaker and user).

The steelmaker shall print the 1D barcodes on the strip surface at finishing line stage.

NOTE 2 Hot dip galvanising or electro-galvanising lines are typical examples of finishing lines.

Then, the steelmaker shall identify the quality related data (for example isolated defects) by means

of an Inspection System (e.g. automatic surface inspection system) and transfer the relevant

information to the user in a suitable format with the content of the CDC (the complementary

information).

The steel user shall read the relevant information provided by the steelmaker in the CDC for a coil

before using the coil.
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