Join us at our corporate office on September 25th anytime between 2PM-7PM to learn more about data collection, printing and labeling solutions through demonstrations, seminars and manufacturer exhibits. Enjoy food and drinks throughout the day while networking and enter to win some fantastic door prizes. We look forward to seeing you. RSVP
Don’t miss these great educational opportunities while you are here!
Speaker: Wendy Boyer, Senior Territory Manager – Brady Corporation Presentation Title: Ways to Make Lean More Visual Time: 2:30-3:00
Speaker: Drew Gassiot, Sales Director – Impinj Presentation Title: RFID and the Internet of Things Time: 3:30-4:00
Speaker: Dean Jackson , Manufacturing Vertical Development Manager – Zebra Technologies Presentation Title: Enabling Greater Visibility into Mission Critical Information Time: 4:30-5:00
Speaker: Mike Cleary, President – Coridian Technologies Presentation Title: Putting It All Together to Get Results Time: 5:15-5:45
Speaker: Tom Dixon, Territory Account Manager – Intermec by Honeywell Presentation Title: The Current State of Barcode Scanning Time: 6:00-6:30
The next generation in the class-leading MC3000 Series with even more options. Choose the right operating system for your business – Android Jelly Bean or Microsoft Embedded Compact 7. Your choice of Motorola’s most advanced 1D laser or 1D/2D imager scan engine allows your workers to easily capture bar codes in any condition. And much much more….
Manufacturing big machinery involves a lot of grinding, welding and metal cutting which creates dust and particles in the air. These particles settle and create a layer of film and dust on everything in the room, including the barcode printers. Certain printers in this manufacturer’s shop are used in the company’s fabrication area, while others are used in the warehouse and manufacturing areas. With 32 printers in all, most are crucial and print time sensitive labels. Without these crucial printers at their highest performance, the manufacturing process slows down and employees have to walk away from their area to get a printed label off of another printer.
Preserving the efficiency of the printers involves preventative maintenance and having spare printers on hand. This manufacturing company has a semiannual preventative maintenance contract with Coridian. Coridian comes in twice a year to inspect and clean the printers to keep them from having downtime. They make sure that dust and metal shavings are not building up on the sensors, drive roller and printheads. They check the belts, all electrical components, sensor functionality and test the print quality. If Coridian does find something wrong, they will replace it at that time. Coridian also helps the company rotate the printers from the clean areas into the dirty areas to increase their lifetime functionality.
Having the preventative maintenance contract with Coridian decreases the downtime of printers, allowing employees to be more productive. Preventative maintenance on any printers will extend the life of the printers, decrease the number of parts put into them and result in less replacement printers over time. Preventative maintenance is a great choice when you work in a dirty environment, in a high/fast production environment or your company is far away from your service provider. Scheduling preventative maintenance monthly, quarterly, or semiannually ensures you receive the best performance from your printers.
Use bar code technology to stay competitive with Inventory Management
How well is your warehouse stocked? Purchasing agents work closely with warehouse managers to ensure that there is enough inventory in a company’s warehouse so that when an order is placed by a customer, it can always be fulfilled. However, much of the time, warehouse managers are carrying a surplus of inventory simply as a security measure to make sure that there is enough inventory. Typically, the companies that can’t provide timely and accurate information about their inventory are the ones that carry excess amounts to make sure they can fulfill order promises. As a result, warehouses are jam-packed with inventory, creating special problems. This inventory overage can cause confusion when it comes to cycle counts. Billing becomes bogged down and extra inventory creates less profit to the bottom line. But the most important issue to consider in order to run your warehouse smoothly and effectively is how competitive your operation makes your business within your industry. Businesses that have easily accessible information that is accurate and reliable earn a competitive advantage.
Bar coding systems provide users with the ultimate level of control. If you can show your customers your well-run operations, you have the opportunity to earn new business simply based on your efficient operations management. You must be able to retain information not just for your customers but for your own profitability as well.
One area of your warehouse that could prosper from introducing an automated inventory management system that integrates bar coding technology is your receiving area.
The first step is answering the following question:
What type of information do you gather when you receive an incoming shipment from another vendor or a customer?
There are various ways to implement bar coding that will allow you to record and then view the entire history of a product, case box, or pallet. An employee can not only tell where the product has been, but also understand where the product must be stored, which could include a direct delivery to the production line versus storage in the warehouse. This information is vital to reducing storage space and to saving time in warehouse and product labor, simply because the receiver knows exactly where the product must go next. In addition, the bar code may include tracking information that is invaluable if there were ever a recall for a particular part used on the product being recalled, saving thousands of dollars for the company.
Come back for PART 2 – Using bar coding for Inventory Management
Label parts in the production department for easy access and seamless development. Knowing where your inventory is located so you can build a product is key to efficient manufacturing. Being able to locate a necessary item at all times, reducing search time and keeping a tighter control on parts’ inventory will keep the manufacturing process running smoothly and cost effectively.
Implement bar coding for improved work-in process and lower finished goods costs. Bar coding allows you to track the productivity of a product build, reducing production time but still remaining efficient. As a result, your finished goods are produced for less, saving you money directly to your bottom line.
Order fulfillment and distribution can use bar coding for greater efficiencies and inventory accuracy. Naturally, once the finished goods reach the warehouse and are prepared for distribution, those who work in this area of the supply chain depend on accurate inventory counts in order to fulfill orders as well as to let the manufacturing department know when they are low on various products. Manual inventory counts are a recipe for disaster – prone to human error, miscounts, misships, and general overall data entry mistakes. Bar coding eliminates manual steps. It also allows managers to cross-train employees in warehouse inventory control, so when the warehouse manger isn’t available to count inventory, another employee can pick up where he left off, simply by using the bar coding system.