Product Spotlight: ALTech Applicator

This month we are shining the spotlight on the ALTech label applicator.

What is a Label Applicator?

Label applicators are essentially robots that automatically print and apply pressure sensitive labels to various products.

Basic label printer applicators consist of three primary parts: a printer, or print engine, an applicator and a method to handle label and ribbons, referred to as media.

What Industries Benefit from Label Application Solutions?

The main industries, in which we supply and support label application solutions are:

  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Food Production
  • The Beverage Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Logistics

About ALTech

ALTech is a world leading manufacturer of high quality self adhesive labelling machinery. They are dedicated specialists and one of the largest manufacturers of labelling systems. ALTech have a range of label applicators designed for every industry from the pharmaceutical industry to the food industry.

They heavily invest in the design and development of their machines, and they ensure that the finished kit is always at the very top of the market. They have three varieties of machines, so there is one to suit any application.

ALstep Economical Label Applicator

The ALstep is a compact sized and low cost label applicator for self-adhesive labels, which can be easily integrated into existing packaging lines with a label application tolerance of better than +/- 1mm.

ALstep is based on a robust, reliable mechanical structure which can be orientated in any rotation. It can be fitted into particularly restricted areas and thanks to side access web threading, allows a fast, easy label change over.

ALstep comes in two size versions – S or M – for label widths up to 100mm and 200 mm respectively. Its maximum label dispensing speed is as high as 30m/min. (20m/min in the M version). A powerful stepper motor and accurate label web tension control makes this possible.

Designed in a modular manor, ALstep includes a comprehensive selection of application options to solve even the most complex label application requirements.

Key Features:

  • Compact, low cost ‘work horse’ label applicator
  • Economy ‘E’ series (15m/min max), & performing ‘S’series (30m/min max)
  • 100mm/200mm max label width variants (100mm E)
  • Modular design with comprehensive array of application systems for almost any application
  • Possibility to add in-line TT print engine (ALstep T) even once the machine has been installed

ALritma Performance Label Applicator

ALritma is a high performance self-adhesive label applicator for labelling applications where production speed and placement accuracy are primary needs. It offers a label application speed of up to 40m/min (or up to 500 products per min dependent on label size and pitch) and a placement accuracy of better than +/- 1mm.

ALritma’s IP55 rated innovative mechanical structure can be orientated in any rotation and is ultra robust, suitable for business critical applications in even the harshest industrial environments.

Three versions (S,M and L) are available. Corresponding to label leading edge widths up to 100, 200 and 300 mm respectively. A separate mounted multi language touch screen controls this machinery. This has a host of advanced functions for even the most demanding labelling applications.

Designed in a modular manor, ALritma includes a comprehensive selection of application options to solve even the most complex label application requirements.

ALritma’s powerful microprocessor controller provides the user with all the most common adjustment functions in one simple main screen. This considerably simplifies and speeds up product changeovers.

Key Features:

  • High performance machine with touch screen controller
  • Up to 40m/min max application speed (or more than 350 labels p/min dependent on label size & placement pitch)
  • 100mm (S), 200mm (M) & 300mm (L) label width options
  • Modular design with comprehensive array of application systems for almost any application
  • Possibility to retrofit TT print engine (ALritma T)
  • Advanced functions – ‘sensor inhibit’ & ‘multi-label’

ALritma X Ultra High Performance Label Applicator

Capable of speeds of up to 90 linear metres per min (or more than 1,000 labels per minute dependent on size and pitch), with a labelling accuracy even with speed variation of better than +/- 1mm, the ALritma X really is a high performance label applicator in every sense.

Based on the proven ALritma label applicator of which we have manufactured and sold more than 5000 examples, the ALritma X includes for the first time in an ALTech labelling machine, a unique ‘push-pull’ label web drive system, which as the name suggests both pushes and pulls the label web (rather than just pulling the web as per standard label applicators) maintaining perfect web tension for ultra high precision labelling no matter the label size or pitch.

High volume labelling applications, best suits this machinery. The units standard 400mm unwind unit and enlarged rewind system, provide more than double the working time between media changeovers.

Amazingly however, even with this enlarged unwind and rewind label capacity the ALritma X label applicator is actually smaller than the ALritma labelling head on which it is based – making it even easier to integrate in to existing packaging machines or production lines.

ALritma X is IP54 rated for harsh industrial environments and can also be specified without the label web push pull system, for application speeds up to 50m/min, but maintaining the upgraded 400mm (approx 900m vs 300mm/450m) unwind and rewind label reel capacities of the machine making it ideal for example when fitted to our ALline production line machines for extended running.

Key Features:

  • Ultra high performance label applicator for demanding labelling requirements
  • Up to 90m/min application speed (or more than 1,000 labels p/min dependent on label size & placement pitch)
  • 100mm (S) & 200mm (M) model options
  • ‘Push-pull’ label web drive system
  • Enlarged 400mm unwind. Nonstop configurations

 

What is Zebra Print DNA?

There are three kinds of Zebra DNA: Zebra Mobility DNA, Zebra Data Capture DNA and Zebra Print DNA. Zebra DNA is the genetic code that differentiates Zebra products. At its core it is a unique ecosystem of highly intelligent software, utilities and apps that were designed to achieve three things:

  • Better performance and productivity
  • Ease of integration
  • Simpler deployment and management

In this blog we will be discussing Zebra Print DNA.

What is Zebra Print DNA?

Print DNA is a code that transforms printers with business-catalytic capabilities. The unique combination of innovative Applications, Utilities and Developer Tools produces high performing, remotely manageable printers that are easy to integrate, ensuring Zebra Link-OS printers provide a superior printing experience from the inside.

What are the Benefits of Zebra Print DNA?

Better Performance:

With Zebra Print DNA, printers perform at their peak and learning curves flatten with Zebra’s common, customisable printer UX. Print DNA gives organisations the fastest, most accurate and best performing printers on the market.

Simplified Remote Management:

Remote management tools make it simple to deploy large fleets of printers across multiple locations. IT can now maintain, secure and troubleshoot printers from a anywhere, at anytime – freeing up operations to focus on work, rather than printers.

Easier Integrations:

Print DNA enables fast and easy integration into existing infrastructures, with applications that emulate non-Zebra legacy languages, removing the need to rewrite print solutions. This reduces disruptions to operations during printer installations.

The Print DNA Family

Management Tools:

Print DNA Management tools make it simple to manage large fleets of printers from anywhere, easily.There are four main Print DNA Management tools:

  • Profile Management Enterprise – this enables robust, convenient browser-based, anywhere, anytime remote management of Link-OS printers;
  • Bluetooth Printer Management – this provides real-time visibility into the metrics on all Link-OS printers that are connected via Bluetooth to Android handheld devices;
  • Printer Setup Utilities – the free printer setup utilities will simplify setup of your Zebra printer and enhances the out-of-box configuration tasks;
  • Printsecure – this makes it easy to configure your printers to use secure connections, block unwanted access and ensure your data and infrastructure are protected.

Visibility Tools:

Whether you have an exisiting MDM/EMM solution in place or need to add visibility to your printer fleet, Zebra’s visibility tools have you covered:

  • MDM/EMM Connectors – these provide the ability to manage your Link-OS printers with VMWare Airwatch or SOTI MobiControl, popular Enterprise Mobility Management tools;
  • Visibility Services – choose from powerful service option for the business intelligence needed to improve business outcomes. All are available via the cloud for anywhere, anytime secure access to your data.

Productivity Tools:

Reach new levels of productivity with innovations that streamline tasks, optimise device performance and keep you ahead of the curve:

  • Zebra Designer – A family of document design tools that allow you to quickly design a customised print solution;
  • Pairing Solutions – Zebra’s pairing solutions simplify pairing Link-OS printers with mobile devices;
  • Virtual Devices – on-printer applications that allow Link-OS printers to emulate legacy languages normally associated with other printer brands;
  • PDF Direct – Print PDF documents directly from EPR systems, such as Oracle and SAP without middleware;
  • Enterprise Printing Solutions – Printing from Oracle and SAP made easy;
  • Print Station – Print station app enables driverless printing from Android devices.

Development Tools:

Print DNA allows developers to create the most functional and efficient printing solutions. Consequently, making it easier to create unique custom apps:

  • Multiplatform SDK – This delivers all the tools needed for flexible custom solution development across multiple environments and infrastructures;
  • Browser Print – Browser Print Developer Tool makes creating feature-rich, high-impact browser-based applications simple and straightforward;
  • Print Connect – An easy-to-use Link-OS print solution for the Android platform;
  • Cloud Connect – Connect Link-OS printers directly and securely to your cloud-based apps;
  • Network Connect Printer Software – This cuts the cost, complexity and time needed to integrate a printing solution with your PLC.

Battle of the Labels: Off the Shelf VS Bespoke Manufactured

Here at ADC we are a leading label manufacturer and supplier. We also stock and sell a really large selection of off the shelf labels.

The manufacturing and supply of labels is such a large portion of our core business and as such we know how crucial they can be to many operations. And as such we understand how necessary it is that a client gets the right product for their solution.

There are two ways to procure labels: through bespoke manufacturing, or from off the shelf. Both have their pro’s and con’s so have a read before deciding which option is for you.

Bespoke Manufactured Labels

Bespoke labels are manufactured to your exact specifications. You decide the size, material, adhesive, core size, quantity per roll, print and  finish.

If you need a product that can withstand challenging environments, such as high or low temperatures, adverse weather conditions or contact with oil, dirt and chemicals, but you also want your them to be visually appealing, the a bespoke solution is the best option.

Labels shouldn’t just be considered as merely a functional means to an end.  They also serve as a great marketing tool. Although many of the labels we supply are used to communicate vital information, they can also be custom printed to take advantage of the opportunity to build your brand awareness.

Add your company logo to your labels, so that they’re instantly recognisable as belonging to your business. Choose your corporate colours for your labels, so that they reinforce your brand identity wherever they go in their journey through your supply chain.

Pros:

Manufacturing a label to your exact specification is the biggest pro. The quality also tends to be better as they are designed specifically to work with your products.

Cons:

Designing and manufacturing a bespoke label is more labour intensive. There can be additional costs for artwork and tooling and the lead time can be longer. Also, there are minimum order quantities.

Off The Shelf Labels

There is a range of labels that are available to purchase off the shelves. They tend to be white in  olour and available in two core sizes, 1″ and 3″. They can come in a variety of sizes and materials. There is no lead time and typically you can buy by the box.

Pros:

There are some pro’s in purchasing off the shelf labels. They are typically available to dispatch same day so there is no lead times.You also save on the costs of origination or tooling.

There is also a significantly smaller minimum order quantity (usually just one box) than there would be for a bespoke labels. This reduces the need for you to hold large stock.

Cons:

Limited label choices is the biggest con of off the shelf. Stock labels tend to only be available in standard sizes, adhesives, and finishes.

So Which Solution Is Better?

I don’t think there either solution is necessarily better. For something quick, cheap and basic off the shelf works great. But if you need something specific and the budget allows we would also recommend bespoke labels. If you are still unsure of what solution you need why not give our sales team a call and they can point you in the right direction.

Over the last 30 years we have established a reputation for quality and excellence. Our highly qualified team are on hand to assist at all stages of the design and printing process, from producing artwork to delivering your order on time, within budget and in perfect condition. At ADC we understand that there is no one size fits all so we have multiple printing processes, materials, adhesives, and finished available.

Decoding Zebra Barcode Scanners

As we have talked about a lot in the past, a barcode scanner is a device that is used to capture and read the information that is encoded within a barcode. Before looking exclusively at Zebra barcode scanners  we are going to go back to basics and learn about the three types of scanning.

It is so important to understand the three types of scanning to ensure you purchase the correct scanner for your application.

Laser Scanner

The main and only function of a laser scanner is to read 1D printed barcodes. Typically, it does not have the capability to read 1D mobile barcodes, nor does it have the functionality to read 2D barcodes, or capture images.

A laser scanner, will however preform well on barcodes of poor quality and there are omni-directional 1D scanners available in hands-free models. They are a decent, affordable option for standard, good quality 1D printed barcodes.

Linear Imager

A linear imager reads 1D printed barcodes, as well as 1D mobile barcodes. Although it will not scan 2D barcodes not will it capture images.

A linear imager is the perfect solution for high density codes, and they also have the capabilities to scan and read poor quality barcodes. It is important to bear in mind though that linear imagers are not omni-directional.

Digital Scanners/Array Imager

An array imager reads 1D and 2D printed barcodes and mobile barcodes. The majority of them also have the functionality to capture images.

They also perform well on poor quality or high density barcodes, and offer omni-directional scanning.

It is worth noting that array imagers can be optimised to support signature data capture, OCR, direct part marks and document capture.

Terminology

So now that we have the basics down, onto the more complicated bit. When you are looking at Zebra barcode scanners they typically have a sequence of letters before and after the model number. For example there is the Zebra DS3578-ER. This terminology can be quite intimidating if you don’t have any idea what it means.  So we are going to decode this for you.

Prefixes:

The prefixes are the two letters that come before the model number. On Zebra scanners they are:

  • LS – Laser Scanner
  • LI – Linear Imager
  • DS – Digital Scanner/Array Imager

Suffixes:

The suffixes are the two letters that come after the model number. On Zebra scanners they stand for:

  • FZ – Fuzzy Logic technology allows the barcode scanner to read poor and damaged barcodes quite easily.
  • EAS – This means that the scanner is Integrated into a work station. 
  • eas – This means that the barcode scanner has the Option to Integrate into a work station.
  • HD – This scanner reads High Density barcodes.
  • HP – High Performance barcode scanners read barcodes with uncompromising speed, accuracy and data integrity.
  • XD – Extreme Density barcode scanners perform great on tiny compact barcodes.
  • DC – This feature allows the scanner to perform a Document Capture.
  • HC – Scanner is recommended for the Healthcare Industry.
  • DP – Direct Part Marking scanners are equipped with the technology to read barcodes etched directly on materials such as plastic or metal.
  • PD – PDF417 scanners can read stacked barcodes.
  • DL – Driver License scanners can read and decode the information on a driver license.
  • HL- High Density with DL Parsing means that the scanner can not only read high density barcodes but it can also split the data and manipulate the data in some way.

Ranges:

The codes for ranges is typically found after the model numbers. On Zebra scanners they stand for:

  • CR – Scans at a Close Range
  • SR – Scans at a Standard Range
  • MR – Scans at a Mid Range
  • ER – Scans at an Extended Range

 

 

 

 

 

Barcode Verifier Selection Guide – Axicon Range

Axicon are an industry leading brand of barcode verifiers. They have developed an extensive range of high performance verifiers. Which admittedly, as a consumer can make it difficult to determine what one would best suit your needs.

The objective of a barcode verifer is to grade and measure all barcodes throughout the supply chain system. Barcode sizes can vary from label to label. With this in mind, Axicon have various verifiers to suit any size. They have three different series of verifiers for conventional, linear barcodes. Two series of verifiers are available to asses 2D or matrix barcodes.

For a more in depth understanding of how barcode verifiers work please read this previous blog that we have published on the topic.

Axicon Barcode Verifers for the Retail Industry

Typically, the barcodes that most, if not all, retaillers use are EAN-13, EAN-8, UPC-A, UPC-E symbols.The most recommend barcode verifiers for these kinds of barcodes are the Axicon 6015 or the 6515 series. The 6015 series has a maximum width of 66mm while the 6515 series has a maximum width of 25mm. Awkward shaped products would need the 6015 barcode verifer. Curved surfaces require the 6515 due to the head being smaller.

Axicon Barcode Verifiers for the Logistics Industry

The logistics industry predominately uses these verifiers, although they can also be used on outer packaging.There are four main barcodes that are used on outer cases – EAN-13. UPC-A, ITF-14 and GS1-128. Pallet labels mainly use GS-128 barcodes. They are significantly larger that those used at the retail point of sale, with a maximum width of 165.1mm. We would recommend using the 7000 series verifiers , or the 6500 series. Although, the maximum width of the barocde that the 6500 series can verify is 125mm.

Users that need to check all sizes of GS1 barcodes will need two verifers. The 6015 series and a 7015 series. If you don’t need to check symbols wider than 125mm, then the 6515 series will suit you perfectly.

Axicon Barcode Verifiers for Asset Tracking Solutions

The GS1-128 barcode is generally used for location numbers (GLNs) or asset numbers (GIAIs), and typically they will be printerd onto the labels before use. Depending on the width of the barcode we would recommend the 6015 or 6515 series of verifiers.

Axicon Barcode Verifiers for the Pharmaceutical Industry

9 times out of 10 the pharmaceutical industry uses 2D barcodes, for a multitude of purposes. One such purpose if on surgical instruments. Surgical instruments are usually barcoded with GS1 DataMatrix symbols by engraving it onto the metal surface. The metal surface is engraved directly with the barcode. Specifically designed for this application is the Axicon 12800. The angle of incident light can be set to 30º, 45º, or 90º as required.

These GS1 DataMatrix symbols usually encode the GTIN for the product, its expiry date, and its batch number. You may use any of the 12000 series or the 15000 verifier. The largest GS1 DataMatrix symbol determines which verifer from the 12000 series you will need.

The S Versions of the 6015, 6515, and 7015 Verifiers

These verifiers have a continuous scan option. This means an operator can capture multiple reads through the height of the symbol with only one operation.  Move the verifier across the barcode to achieve this. This technique is both easy and quickly learnt.  Consequently, the verification process becomes faster and uses more than the minimum of ten scans that the international standards require.

For more information on barcode verifiers, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Decoding Barcode Label Printer Terminology

When customers come to us looking to purchase a label printer it is our job to ensure that they get the correct one. But it can be confusing, especially if it is their first time purchasing a label printer. There is a lot of printer terminology to dissect and considering how many options there are available on the market, it can be hard to specify the correct printer.

So to make it slightly simpler, we put together a label printer terminology cheat sheet! Listed below are the most common used acronyms and they should help you decipher the label printing code.

Printer Terminology

TT – Thermal Transfer

Our most recommended print mode is thermal transfer. Thermal transfer is a digital printing method in which ink is applied to the label by melting a coating of ribbon so it stays glued to the material on which the print is applied. We would always recommend thermal transfer printers to customers looking for high quality print, labels going into extreme heat or cold conditions, or on plastic or poly labels.

DT – Direct Thermal

Direct thermal printing is a digital printing process which produces an image by selectively heating coated thermal paper, when the paper passes over the print head. We would only recommend direct thermal printers to customers looking to print standard paper labels. The labels aren’t very long lasting as heat and contact can cause them to blacken. Direct thermal is an ideal solution for courier companies though.

 

OD – Outer Diameter (Roll)

The diameter of your roll of labels is important to know. Some printers can only take labels that are up to 5″ diameter, while others can take double that. Before looking to source a printer, measure the outer diameter of your labels.

ID – Inside Diameter (Core)

It is important to know your labels core size. There are multiple label cores sizes available and as with the outer diameter some printers cannot take a larger core. This impacts what printer you ultimately purchase.

DPI – Dots Per Inch

In printing, DPI refers to the output resolutions of a printer. This means the physical dot density of an image when it is printed onto the label. We would always recommend a higher DPI if there is any special characters, small text or 2D barcodes. A higher DPI ensures a clearer print.

IPS – Inches Per Second

Inches per second is a measurement of speed for how fast a printer can print. A higher IPS means more labels can be printed in one second. For example, a printer with 6IPS means that it can print 6 one inch labels in one second, 3 two inch labels in one second, or 2 three inch labels on one second.

If you are interested in purchasing a new barcode label printer, or if you have any questions, please contact our Sales Team!

 

 

Mobile Computers Vs Barcode Scanners

We regularly hear the terms ‘mobile computers’ and ‘barcode scanners’ used interchangeably.  When in fact they are two very different devices used for different purposes. When implementing a barcode solution, it is important to know the differences to see what would work better for your business.

What are Barcode Scanners?

A barcode scanner is an input device that captures and reads the information contained within a barcode. Basic scanners record and translate the barcode into numbers/letters. The code must then be sent to a computer database for further information. This can be done with a wired connection (for example a serial or keyboard port) or wirelessly.

There are many different kinds of barcode scanners, including 1D, 2D, Bluetooth or wireless, omnidirectional, and more. Although some barcode readers use lasers, and others use lights or cameras, they all have one thing in common. Their basic purpose is to translate the barcode into an electronic code and send it to a computer or database. They are merely one piece of a barcode-based stock system.

How are Mobile Computers Different?

While mobile computers come equipped with a barcode scanner, they can do so much more than just scan. They are basically the combination of the computer and the scanner, integrated into one device. Mobile computers are a computing and data entry solution that can be integrated into your existing system. Mobile computers can move freely via a wireless infrastructure while still performing tasks in real-time.

They have the ability to run multiple business applications at once, such as an inventory or asset tracking solutions. The functional keypad allows for manual input if needed. They are available in both Windows and Android operarting systems and  have full colour screens. Mobile computers have rugged designs that make them extremely durable and weather resistant. Which is perfect for field engineers or or busy factory floors.

What device is best for me?

In the end, the best device for your business depends on your business and budget. Barcode scanners would be perfect for a smaller business that don’t require anything more than a computer simply reading the barcode. They are easy to start using, most of them just being plug and play. Scanners generally do not require any software or drivers once plugged into a computer.  Although they can be limited in range of their wireless connection, and are more of a tool than an entire system.

Larger industries, such as warehousing, manufacturing, logistics or even retailers, would probably best suit a mobile computing solution. Mobile computers would work better than barcode scanners in this instance. They allow for more flexibility to conduct tasks without having to return to a computer to log every scan.

Whichever you choose, you’ll be sure to see time savings, error reduction and better inventory control immediately. The ROI for this kind of upgrade is worth it. In most cases it is a requirement for any business looking to stay viable in a local or global economy.

Zebra Launches TC25 Rugged Mobile Computer

Zebra Technologies have unveiled their latest innovation which was built specifically with small businesses in mind – the Zebra TC25. It empowers small businesses to perform better and perform faster.

Zebra TC25 Rugged Android operated Smartphone

Finally, a smartphone built to handle your workplace. The Zebra TC25 Rugged Smartphone brings durability, reliability and productivity to your pocket. With a built-in barcode scanner, snap-on external PowerPack and optional Zebra OneCare SV protection, it’s designed to be the perfect partner for anyone who works for a living.

The TC25 has been proven to increase efficiency, sales and profitability in many of the world’s largest field service and delivery operations. Days spent making deliveries, repairing equipment or providing services – from plumbing and electrical to parcel delivery, yard maintenance and more. Every day, there’s so much to do, so little time to get it done – and so many competitors ready to serve your customers. You need to work faster and smarter. And this is when the TC25 comes in.

Smartphone cameras aren’t built for barcode scanning. That’s why the Zebra TC25 delivers the same scanning technology that drives many of the world’s field service teams. You get instant and effortless point-and-shoot capture of any electronic or printed barcode in virtually any condition — no aiming and no waiting. Customer service is maintained to the highest standard with this device. Capturing information for completed repairs or scanning items for delivery verification removes the need for pen and paper.

Key Features

  • The durability means that it can withstand all weather conditions such as rain, sleet, or snow. The TC25 can withstand a drop from a significant height onto a concrete floor;
  • Guaranteed all day power with the unique PowerPack snap on extended battery;
  • It has the fastest cellular speeds that deliver fast application access and great voice quality.

For more information, or to make an enquiry for the Zebra TC25 please see here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADC Expands Sales Team to Meet Growing Customer Demand

ADC Barcode announced that it has furthered its expansion plans by growing the Sales Team with the introduction of two new recruits effective immediately.

The Company, which is a leading label manufacturer and value added reseller specialising in the development and management of supply chain and mobility systems based on automatic data capture and wireless technology, has hired Padraig Murphy and Stephanie Winston.

New Sale Team Members

Padraig Murphy is joining the team as an External Sales Engineer. He will be looking after key accounts throughout Ireland in addition to chasing and securing new business. He will also be working closely with the Sales & Service departments to maintain a continually high level of aftersales support.

Padraig has four years sales history within the IT and print industry. He has a vast amount of knowledge and experience to bring to the team.

Padraig has said “I’m thrilled to be joining the team. I love selling and with ADC’s extensive product portfolio makes my role all the more interesting. Working with well known brands such as Zebra and Datalogic is challenging and exciting. I’m excited to learn everything I can about the kit.”

Stephanie Winston has secured the position of Internal Sales Support. She will be focusing on lead generation and customer support. She will also work closely with the Marketing Department to execute campaigns. Furthermore Stephanie will have an active role in developing ADC’s ongoing sales process.

Stephanie has a background in customer service and sales, which makes her a perfect fit for the role.

Stephanie has said “I’m so excited to be working for ADC. ADC has a reputation of exceptional sales and aftersales support and that really attracted me to the role. The team is excellent and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.”

Sales Manager, Ciaran Fitzpatrick has said “ADC is delighted to welcome Padraig and Stephanie to our team. They are both hard working and eager to hit the ground running.”

ADC Barcode has said that the new appointments show its dedication to customer service, ensuring key customers are receiving regular consultation on existing or new projects and keeping them updated with new product launches.

€1 Million Investment in New Premises and New Machinery

ADC Barcode is delighted to announce that a €1 million investment has been made to expand and grow the company.

The Company, which is a leading label manufacturer and value added reseller specialising in the development and management of supply chain and mobility systems based on automatic data capture and wireless technology, is hoping that this significant investment will see the business grow substantially in the next few years.

Investment in New Premises

The first phase of the investment has come in the form of a new premises, located in Greenogue Business Park. The new site is triple the size (over 6000 sq.ft) of the old premises. There is also scope to add a mezzanine floor which would increase the production floor to over 8000 sq. ft.

The move allows the Company to grow the staff pool and increase the number of printing presses in the factory. Which in turn will not only maintain current clients but exposes the business to a wider pool of potential clients.

According to Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Sales Manager, this move will also allow for ADC Barcode to expand its sales and production team by 25%.

“This is a hugely exciting time for us. We are striving to maintain and push the growth that we have been experiencing over the last number of years. We have invested €1 million in new premises and in new machinery but we have a continued investment plans to further support our commitment to growth and improvement.”

Investment in New Machinery

The investment included the purchasing of two new state of the art flexographic label manufacturing machines. The new machinery will allow the Company to double its product output and decrease lead times.

According to Production Manager, Brian Ray “Label manufacturing accounts for 40% of our overall business. So it is so important that we have the best machinery in the industry. The new presses are best in class which will allow the production department to double its daily output. All the while significantly cutting down on lead times.”