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Batch Coding Using Julian Dates

17th May 2021
The ‘Julian Date’ is a code that represents the date a product was manufactured or packaged.

The Julian date format is CYYDDD, where: C is the century subtracted from 19, i.e. 1998's century number is 19 = 19 -19 = 0, 2000 = 20 - 19 = 1. YY is the year within the century, DDD is the day in the year, so for example, May 14th 2021 has a Julian date of 121134.

This coding system is used to track production dates for product recalls or any other issues that may arise. Julian Dates can be used to create batch codes for products in Nutritics. 

To add a batch code to a product label:

1. Create/open a label and enable the ‘Dates’ element to set the date the product is produced. 
Pro tip: Tick ‘Automatically update on print' and the Julian date will update automatically when labels are printed. 

2. Enable the ‘Batch Code’ element and tick ‘Calculate batch code from Julian date’ and a batch code will be added to the label workspace.