Imagine you have 10 labels that need to go on a product. Some fulfill compliance obligations. Some are instructions. Some label readouts, buttons, and other important controls or ports. They are all important. There’s just a lot of them.
What does that mean? Well in the traditional model, that means inventory has to manage ten different labels. That’s making sure you have enough inventory x 10. That’s issuing labels to the production floor x 10. That’s handling different rolls labels for application x 10. That’s headache and hassle x 10.
Combining those labels together and creating a kit is good solution for that problem. Let’s take a closer look at a label we helped develop for a client:
The labels have been sized and nested to fit efficiently on a sheet. What this means is that inventory is only managing one part. In this particular case, we were able to go a step further and create an identification bar on the bottom of the sheet. A part name, barcode, part number, and UL compliance information is all included–clarifying the exact use for the sheet.
This also means easier application. Instead of the production floor managing 10 different rolls of labels, each sheet equals one product. This can even be very useful in preventing missed labels. Because there is one sheet for each product, looking at the sheet is an easy way to see what’s been applied and what hasn’t.
Other benefits of kit label printing includes:
• Unparalleled color uniformity between labels
• Material consistency
• Same adhesive freshness for all labels applied to a finished assembly
• Potential cost savings as everything is printed in one efficient pass instead of separately with individual set-up costs