Steps to Flawless Fulfilment Guide Part 2

Step 5 – Upgrade inbound handling operations

Receiving and sortation points of pain

The paper chase
Pen-and-paper and other manual and fragmented processes of technology lead to lost time, reduced precision, decreased productivity and lower ROI.

Poor visibility
Slow and incorrect receiving and put-away are obstacles to visibility and control of inventories in real-time, as well as efficient cross-docking, interleaving tasks, traceability and monitoring processes.

Slow dock-to-stock
Delays triggered by methods of pen and paper and isolated technological solutions decrease inventory control, result in false out-of-stocks and loss of sales.

Many unhappy returns

Increasing return rates and inefficient reverse logistics lead in slow product return to inventory, delayed processing of client credit and decreased customer satisfaction.
Receiving and sortation mobile and data capture solutions
At the receiving dock, mobile processes enable employees to be more precise and productive. A straightforward barcode, RFID tag or RMA label scan allows incoming shipments to be identified and verified in real-time. Real-time visibility in the order system also allows for more effective cross-docking, decreasing incoming shipment handling time and expenses. If an item is received with a damaged barcode or without a barcode then it is possible to use a fixed or mobile printer to print the required label and provide visibility through the supply chain.

 

Put-away and replenishment points of pain

Inventory on idle
Product sitting on a dock or misplaced in stock is more than just idle; it is also inaccessible, which can mean lost revenues and unhappy clients.

False out-of-stocks
Inventory inaccuracies can be caused by put-away mistakes and delays, which can lead to erroneous OOS scenarios, excessive cost of replacing the item, and lost revenues.

Clogged aisles
Slow, incorrect manual procedures and the limited performance of older technology can lead to congestion in your aisles, wasting time and reducing productivity.

Equipment misuse
Poor visibility and inefficient material handling equipment (MHE) management such as forklifts and crawlers decreases the accessibility and productivity of MHE and increases the cost of maintenance.

 

Put-away and replenishment mobile and data capture solutions
Workers can scan a barcode or shelf tag (or read an RFID tag) rapidly with instant access to the WMS, ensuring that the item is placed in the right location and via the most effective path. This helps to reduce OOS situations and allows warehouse employees to boost their performance by being able to process more put-away orders every hour. Visibility in real-time can also support and automate techniques for lean replenishment. Material flow replenishment can eliminate the need for manual and labour intensive procedures by providing real-time data from the factory.

 

Step 6 – Turnaround outbound handling performance

 

Packing and shipping points of pain

Sluggish turnaround
In last-mile activities, turnaround times are slower and can trigger important shipping delays and lead to carrier fines fees when checking to verify that the correct products are in the shipment must be performed manually.

Change resistance
Manual procedures often lead to the inability of dynamically modify shipping orders to accommodate last-minute modifications and customers ‘ emergency orders.

Impacting packaging
Lack of real-time pre-packing information in the packing functionality can simply result in incomplete, incorrect and packed orders in the incorrect size boxes or containers.

Inefficiency ripples
Inefficiencies in processing while paperwork and data are entered manually in the system trigger delays and mistakes in the development and shipping of manifests which can easily lead to client dissatisfaction.

 

Packing, loading and shipping mobile data capture solutions
By tightly integrating real-time information into your staging and delivery tasks in the warehouse packing function, you can realize significant benefits in your shipping and delivery operations.

Mobility can streamline these final stages of order fulfilment, ensuring that the right order contains the right products and is shipped to the right client at the right moment using the correct shipping technique.

It is also possible to control the cost of packaging materials. Shipping and delivery times are improved, as is the use of vehicles as trucks are fully loaded with the right content. And because more clients are likely to receive deliveries within the promised time frame, customer satisfaction and retention are maximized.

Yard Management Systems are intended to optimize yard activities, particularly for fast-through put yards. The combination of efficient planning and exceptional handling enables the Yard Management System to guide the correct trailer at the correct time to the correct gate.

 

 

The negative impact of the fragmented warehouse

Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer or distributor, your warehouse activities play a crucial role in the success of your company. It is no wonder. Warehouse activities affect nearly every business-critical problem, including inventory management, the productivity of workers, the accuracy of shipments, timeliness, and eventually customer satisfaction and ROI. The truth is that too many operations in the warehouse are still based on pen-and-paper. Just as difficult is technical fragmentation, with technology only available in a few activities. The reality is that perfect fulfilment involves technical and operational integration throughout all your workflows and procedures.

 

High-level operational issues

 

Inaccurate information The ‘ double-touch ‘ of data, such as collecting information by hand and re-entering into the computer, results in a high level of information mistakes.
Reduced productivity Employees waste an excessive amount of time completing documentation, locating information on labels and re-entering data into the WMS, making it hard for them to work at peak productivity.
Lack of visibility Slower data movement in and out of your business systems leads to reduced inventory visibility and accessibility throughout warehouse activities.
Increased cost The lack of real-time inventory visibility can lead to enhanced capital expenditure due to the need to retain greater stock rates to avoid out-of-stock circumstances.
Reduced customer satisfaction Reduced rates of customer service due to incorrect and late arrival shipments result in lower customer satisfaction and loss of revenues
Longer cash-to-cash cycles The slow circulation of data resulting from inefficient operations and fragmented technology leads to enhanced cash-to-cash cycle times.

 

Conclusion
The warehouse is at the core of your company operations. Poorly managed warehouses can effectively become prohibitive costs, having a significant impact on company costs–and overall profitability. In short, leveraging mobility in and beyond the warehouse can produce extremely useful outcomes, including lower expenses, enhanced quality, better client service, higher margins, and greater profitability – delivering real business advantage as your warehouse solutions.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scanners, barcode label printers, barcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom software, EPOS systems & hardware, RFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

Steps to Flawless Fulfilment Guide Part 1

 

Your warehouse is a complicated, multi-faceted main hub through which nearly everything goes from crude materials holding back to be made into completed merchandise to the finished product, waiting for dispatch to a distribution centre, retailer or end-customer. But there is something even more significant in today’s extremely competitive market that depends on more effective warehouse activities: client satisfaction.

What do your clients want from your logistics and warehouse activities? Accurate, timeliness and perfect fulfilment every time. Following is the guide to flawless fulfilment including warehouse solutions.

 

Step 1 – Deploy industrial wireless solutions

Industrial wireless pain points

Sheer size
As the size of warehouses increases, an absence of seamless nomadic communications with employees roaming the space can cause expensive inefficiencies in nearly any function – from receiving to picking to shipping.

Downtime and unavailability
With automation and mechanization so critical to the efficiency of warehouse processes, unreliable technology results in downtime that can cause expensive havoc in operations, customer satisfaction, and ROI.

Bottlenecks and congestion
Older, obsolete warehouse technology is too often unable to deliver the high bandwidth levels required to overcome efficiency-sapping operational bottlenecks.

Device proliferation
An inability to support today’s broad range of devices – laptops, handheld computers, tablets, barcode scanners, portable printers, RFID readers and more – leads to unreliable communications and automation of processes.

 

Industrial wireless and mobile solutions
Industrial wireless systems provide real-time access to the WMS, giving a solid and reliable user interface on a variety of devices to improve the productivity of the employee. They provide persistent connections to roaming warehouse machinery such as forklifts and crawlers, as well as connectivity for all handheld scanners and portable devices in use across space. The outcome is safe, streamlined end-to-end operations in warehouses and distribution centres as well as the entire supply chain.

 

 

Step 2 – Improve staff communications and management

Communications and management points of pain

End of the page
Mobile solutions allow instant communications from manager-to-employee-to-shipper that can increase efficiency, eliminate ineffective paging systems, and maintain everyone working together.

Desk jockeys
Warehouse executives are tied to their desktop computers without mobile connectivity, keeping them from more efficiently supervising directly on the floor.

Delayed reactions
Too often, because of a lack of integrated communications systems, workers cannot interact with each other, supervisors, or executives in real-time across the warehouse floor. This makes it harder to resolve issues in real-time and attain greater productivity rates.
Snail’s pace
Without high-speed mobile voice and information access across the wider staff base, procedures such as automation, cross-docking, and task interleaving are not available, making processes less timely, less productive and more expensive.

 

Mobile voice and data capture communications solutions
Mobility enables your warehouse executives to get out of the office and back to the warehouse ground with the rest of your employees by allowing the extension of all the required desktop tools to the palms of their hands.

Managers and supervisors can stay on the warehouse floor to protect productivity and performance while maintaining the real-time link with employees, suppliers, and associates required to maximize on-the-job efficiency and effectiveness.

Employees can interact with their own mobile devices that are portable, handheld or wearable, eliminating time-lost walking to and from on-the-floor telephone stations or distracted by noisy and unintelligible overhead pages.

For permanent employees or contractors, physical cards can also be printed to allow identification, access control and even tracking of locations.

 

 

Step 3 – Streamline order picking processes

Pick and fill points of pain

Walking the walk
Up to 70% of a picker’s time can be spent walking with legacy pick and fill procedures. To find the correct product, they have to walk the aisles, wasting time and lowering productivity.

Unknown errors
The product cannot be automatically verified when chosen with manual procedures and fragmented technology solutions. This can result in unrecognized mistakes as well as incorrect staging, packaging, and shipping.

More volume, smaller orders
Overall, orders flowing through the warehouse are increasing in quantity, particularly orders of smaller size and lesser value. This leads to an increase in the relative labour costs to fill each order, reducing already thin margins.

Costly disappointments
Inefficient picking and filling cause stock inaccuracies that all too often leads to expensive out-of-stock, lost orders, disappointed clients and lost revenue.

 

Pick and fill mobile and data capture solutions
Deploying mobility in the pick and fill features of the warehouse allows you to understand what products are on your warehouse racks and where they are located.

Mobile data capture solutions improve current picking systems such as pick-totted, pick-to-light, and carousels and can be used across distinct picking levels, such as picking pieces, picking cases and picking pallets.

The precision of the inventory is also enhanced. When workers scan a shelf tag, barcode or RFID tag, they receive immediate verification that the right item has been picked and the item is deducted from the inventory instantly. Errors are decreased considerably by automated data capture and immediate double-check for precision.

 

Step 4 – Advanced inventory and storage capabilities

Cycle counting points of pain

Errors of your ways
The counts of manual and low-tech cycles are expensive, time consuming and prone to errors. They are a big cause of the lack of accurate, real-time inventory visibility, availability, and control.

Out-of-balance sheets
The lack of precise, real-time visibility into inventory and storage impacts the valuation of your inventory, which eventually adversely affects the balance sheet of your company.

Days late, dollars short
By the time manual and other low-tech cycle counts are finished– often days or weeks, thousands of picks and put away have taken place resulting in stock inaccuracies that can reduce sales and client satisfaction.

Letter of the law
To comply with increasingly stringent regulations, accurate inventories are essential. The option is the high price and significant disturbance of having to shut down a warehouse in order to complete physical inventory.

Cycle counting mobile and data capture solutions
The effectiveness and accuracy of cycle counting are dramatically enhanced when cycle counting personnel are equipped with real-time access to the inventory database and advanced mobile data collection features. Workers now use great new mobile devices for more intuitive cycle counting and direct WMS interaction, such as durable and economical handheld computers and tablets.

With advanced data capture, wireless and mobile solutions can fully automate the asset tracking process and provide up-to-the-minute information on the location, status, and condition of totes, pallets and more. The outcome is completely automated, precise and cost-effective tracking of your assets with nearly no manpower needed.

 

Cold chain storage solutions
The cold chain is an environment that is rough and demanding. Goods must be delivered under the strictest circumstances and throughout the supply chain, you must handle fluctuating temperatures and humidity concentrations.

 

Cold chain points of pain

Extreme difficulties
Extreme cold temperatures in freezers and coolers can make it hard for either staff or technology to put away, picking and counting inventory with a high degree of precision. This can result in expensive out-of-stock orders, lost clients, and lost profitability.

Out in the cold
Cold chain activities can be difficult on technology that’s not industrial strength. In non-rugged mobile devices, freezing temperatures and condensation due to temperature changes may lead in unreliable operation.

Cold hands, bad data
Manual procedures are susceptible to error even under the finest circumstances. In the cold chain, entering information correctly while wearing gloves or freezing fingers is even harder.

Historical inaccuracies
Strict safety regulations require companies to maintain historical records accurately. The absence of accurate, real-time data in the cold chain can lead to an unreliable history of food temperature.

 

Cold chain mobile and data capture solutions
Using refrigerator- and freezer-compliant portable phones and networks that can resist low temperatures and condensation strengthens traceability, enhances order accuracy and speeds delivery times in cold storage environments. With the secure operation, regardless of the drastic temperature swings, employees can enter information rapidly and effectively – even with gloved hands – using big keys and an easy-to-use touch screen on ergonomically constructed portable mobile computers.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scanners, barcode label printers, barcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom software, EPOS systems & hardware, RFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

Barcode laser scanners vs 2d imagers for barcode scanning

While other barcode scanning technologies exist, laser-based decoders and 2D barcode imagers are probably the most popular today. The following guide will help you decide which sort of technology might be best for your application.

An overview of Technology

  1. Barcode laser scanners

These laser scanners have been around for centuries. Compared to other kinds, barcode laser scanner has a lot of moving components. Subsequently, they are sometimes considered unstable. But years and years of product development have made them quite durable.

Working of laser-based barcode scanner

How does a barcode effectively “read” by laser scanners? These scanners use two optical systems to support the task.

  • The scanning optics system produces a laser beam and utilizes a lens to focus the beam. An oscillating scan mirror moves the beam across the destination bar code quickly to generate a laser line that illuminates the bar code.
  • The collection optics system then retrieves the reflected laser light from the bar code and concentrates that light on a photo detector. The collection optics also allow the scanner to dismiss external light that may interfere with the laser light.
  • A photo detector then transforms the reflected laser light into an analog electrical signal and shifts changes over the analog signal to digital data. Digital data is processed by the scanner decoder and a symbology algorithm is applied to interpret the data. It then verifies the information through a check digit, typically the last digit of a bar code that informs the scanner if the data has been scanned correctly, and sends the data to the connected host.

Advantages

  • Lasers provide a sharp, clear laser line that focuses solely on the barcode for quick and reliable results at a normally lower price.
  • laser scanners are better at reading at distances more than two feet, than other barcode readers
  • Laser scanners are the go-to hardware of choice for accuracy when you need high-speed barcode reading. It is a simple, low-cost, but still reliable option.
  1. 2D image scanners

These scanners decode barcodes using a camera and image processing techniques. Cell phones can also be lumped into the 2D imagers classification. They are currently world widely utilized as barcode readers, specifically for QR codes. But since there are so many types of cell phones, there are distinct quality levels to be had. So depending on the platform, reliability differs. And, because there are so many versions of the operating system, application reach can be complicated.

Working of digital area imagers

Digital area imagers use a different strategy to decode barcodes, but keeping in mind the same end outcome – to read the bar code rapidly and efficiently.

  • The area imager projects LED light that illuminates the target barcode. Like a digital camera snapping a photo, a lens projects the bar code image (and the area around the bar code) onto a 2D array, and the light is transformed into an electrical signal for digital image construction.
  • Decoder software in the imager locates the bar code within the image and uses advanced decoding algorithms to process its data. Then, similar to the laser scanner, the imager verifies the bar code data via its check digit and forwards the information to the associated host.

Advantages

  • In the barcode world, smartphones can be classified as 2D imagers. So, almost everyone is walking around with a barcode reader in their pocket. This has opened up a whole new wave of possibilities for application.
  • Camera technology scanning has the flexibility to read a much wider range of symbols and the added benefit of validating quality.
  • Camera technology scanning can read the entire label or scanning area, in any orientation and when stationary.

Barcode consideration

Find out what kind of barcode you need in the beginning. To do that, you will need to figure out what type and amount of data you are looking to embed into a barcode.

  • For decades, 1D barcode has been around while relatively newcomers are 2D barcodes.
  • In general, laser scanners can more effectively read linear barcodes than 2D imagers can. Laser scanners sweep a laser across a barcode to capture the pattern and decode it.
  • On the flip side, 2D imagers can also read linear barcodes, though generally not as efficiently or rapidly. But, 2D imagers can of course read 2D barcodes such as QR Code and Data Matrix, which laser-based scanners do not do.

It is common to switch to barcode laser scanner as being more optimal if you need to read single barcodes in fast succession. However, 2D imagers are more effective if you need to read multiple barcodes in one pass.

Conclusion

Finally, most users will need whichever reader will get the work done as quickly as possible. This might imply scanning 500 items an hour. Or, it might mean scanning 5 items an hour and capturing rich information with which to populate a database. These final results are critical to consider before setting out on choosing a barcode reader. As a manufacturer, you should evaluate the best technology and product to satisfy your particular application requirements.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scanners, barcode label printers, barcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom software, EPOS systems & hardware, RFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

Everything you should know about Barcoding

A barcode is a visual, machine-readable representation of information; generally defines something about the object carrying the barcode. By varying the widths and spacing of parallel lines, traditional barcodes systematically represent data and can be referred to as linear or one-dimensional (1D). Later, two-dimensional (2D) versions were created using rectangles, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns, known as matrix codes or 2D barcodes, although they do not use bars as such.

Whereas, barcode system is a hardware and software network that mainly consists of mobile computers, printers, handheld scanners, infrastructure, and software support. Barcode systems are used to automate data collection where hand recording is either timely or cost effective.

So how does the barcode work?

Here’s a simple method to see how barcodes function: consider them as a more technologically savvy approach to transfer a series of characters. They are essentially a license plate that is connected to data files. These character series can identify all kinds of data. Instead of writing and duplicating this data manually, it becomes encoded in barcode languages (symbologies) for rapid transfer to PC via a scanner. Each symbology pursues an algorithm to standardize these characters ‘ encoding and storage.

Types of barcodes

Barcode technology is constantly moving forward. For example, the latest rise of 2D barcode scanning has proven popular by letting you to scan directly from your cell phone for a wealth of data.

  1. Code 39

This is one of the oldest barcodes around and is a typical symbology found in the fields of electronics, medicine, and government. It is a linear, 1D, alphanumeric code with the potential to include the entire 128 ASCII character set and extend them to any length, restricted only by the label size.

  1. Code 128

This compact barcode is derived from the ASCII 128 character set (0-9, a-z, A-Z, and some unique characters) and is widely used in packaging and shipping applications worldwide.

 

 

  1. Interleaved 2 of 5

Generally found in warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing, Code I 2 of 5 is a numeric-only barcode used to encode sets of numbers. Every two digits are paired to create one symbol. The number of digits utilized must be even for this format to work, so a zero is commonly included at the end of an odd set of numbers.

  1. Universal Product Codes (UPC)

Found in almost every retail item, these barcodes were originally developed for supermarkets to quickly print receipts and track inventories. After verifying an UPC number, manufacture will receive a unique organization number to combine with their individual product numbers.

  1. International Article Number (EAN)

Considered a UPC superset, these barcodes are specifically used for book traceability by booksellers, libraries, universities, and wholesalers. These 13-digit codes are produced for each unique book tracked from the International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN). Like UPCs, these are standardized for unique publisher identification.

  1. PDF417

You can find this stacked, linear 2D barcode in different types of identification, such as your driver’s license. Because of its advanced capabilities, for example, encoding connects to more than one data file; it is also the chosen standard by the USPS and Homeland Security Department.

  1. Data Matrix

It turned out to be one of the most common 2D barcodes. It is a square in shape code and can encode large as in huge – the amount of information in a small space, that is why it is highly common in production electronics and healthcare. 2D codes involve advanced scanners such as cell phones to basically “snap a picture” and simultaneously translate the entire image at one time.

  1. Quick Response (QR) Codes

The latest trends in barcoding, QR Codes are gaining popularity as marketing tools to link to web-based information. Not as compact as Data Matrix, you’ll find them often used to advertise materials and storefronts, connecting to unique promotions or information about a particular product.

 

Why you need barcodes for your warehouse? – Benefits

Barcode technology can be applied to a variety of uses throughout your warehouse, from warehouse paperwork to individual employee identification to enabling inventory movement into and out the door. The following are the ways specifically that shows how barcodes save cash and boost your business efficiency.

    Accuracy

Barcodes eliminate human error possibilities. The incidence of manually entered data errors is significantly higher than that of barcodes. A barcode scanning is quick and reliable, taking infinitely less time than manually entering information.

    Cost-Effectiveness

The barcode system has shown a payback period of six to 18 months, giving the highest level of reliability in a wide range of data collection applications. Barcode systems not only produce value by saving time but also by preventing costly mistakes.

    Time management

Barcodes are merely a more time-efficient way of giving data about your inventory to the rest of your business. Scanning a barcode requires just a few minutes, and a similar amount of time to pull that data back up on a PC when required.

    Durability

Warehouses can be brutal environments. Some are subject to extreme temperatures, others are particularly dry or humid, and some hold on for prolonged periods of time to the inventory. The clarity of the labels attached to them can all be affected. Barcodes can be extremely resilient depending on how they are manufactured. Investing in your product’s barcode label is never a waste, particularly if you have used easy paper and pen to keep track of code numbers.

Conclusion

Barcoding has achieved an excellent job of getting in and figuring out how business can best function. It is the next step towards technology, now barcode scanning understands all our needs by providing us efficiency, accuracy, and connectivity well into the future.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scanners, barcode label printers, barcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom software, EPOS systems & hardware, RFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

Why Move Towards Android

Join the rapidly growing mobility network

The new era provides tremendous possibilities for enhanced profitability, productivity and precision in mobile computing. The world’s most famous, dominant, mobile OS is rapidly becoming the business solution of choice for its efficiency, convenience, information security and cost-effectiveness.  This is where Zebra comes into the picture. Zebra can guide you along the ideal way towards an effective, agile, mobile, android-enable workforce.

So why should you migrate from windows?

A major change is undergoing in the rugged handheld device sector. For more than a century, Windows has been the main operating system for rugged systems. However, with Windows stating its plan to wind down support for legacy operating systems such as Windows Embedded CE 6.0 and Windows Embedded Handheld devices, businesses should review their options fast to migrate their hardware to another operating system. Additionally, some hardware manufacturers also no longer support Windows OS on their systems, leaving businesses to face problems of safety and functionality.

A step towards modern technology – Android

With Windows losing the rugged space market rapidly, Android is anticipated to become the dominant operating system. The adoption rate for rugged systems based on Android is continuously increasing as it is more affordable, easier to deploy, and more compatible with the hardware. Now officially the most popular, dominant mobile operating system in the world.

Benefits of Android using Zebra

The kind of fast-growing prominence enjoyed by android inevitably accompanies some question marks, and when android first touched on its safety and management capacities in the business room, it was still at an initial stage. Zebra came up with android’s initial phase solution to further boost its capacity.

Secured and advance features – With android’s continuing updates, it supports platforms such as Samsung Knox that can help businesses to separate personal and business data on the devices. Zebra’s Mobility Extensions (Mx) converts android from a consumer operating system (OS) into a real business-class OS with a number of extra features and options that enhance safety and device management.

Compatibility Rugged devices based on android are compatible with various Bluetooth headsets and wearable ring scanners that are frequently used in warehouse and manufacturing centers. They also worked on Near Field Communication (NFC) features and preferred touch screens compared to earlier predecessors. Zebra promotes and improves all of android’s fresh features to boost its productivity even more.

Data Capture –  Users may need to scan 1D and 2D barcodes and the codes might be harmed, or distorted by shrink-wrapping. Zebra Mobility DNA tools, SimulScan provides a single scan to capture barcodes, pictures and a whole form, operates quicker and simpler, boosting productivity and reducing inaccuracies.

Manageability, Control and Support – Android is incredibly agile and easy to customize, supported by a massive development network globally. Zebra Mobility DNA management tools make it easy to execute maximum control and security, along with toolkits to make integrating apps, mobile devices fast, simple and problem free.

Support and Repair –  Your device will need a quick repair turnaround. Zebra’s quick, expert device and infrastructure repair service applies this enterprise level of continuity to the Android platform.

Expense of ownership – Android OS is cost effective. But If you factor in perspective of worker downtime costs, accelerated replacement cycles, extra accessories, and the support needed for effective execution then actual mobility costs go far beyond the original purchase cost of the device. Where Zebra removes a major portion of the complexity of operating a mobile device fleet, while future-proofing further decreases TCO.

Lifecycle management – Continuous replacement of devices that have too often flopped or upgraded can also lead in a fleet of mixed generation devices with remarkable support complexities and capital outlays. Accessories and chargers for a device’s new designs may not be compatible in reverse, requiring extra purchases and a loss of value in previous investments. The guide is evident with Zebra for android, which will confirm your mobility approach in the future.

Conclusion

As businesses require their post-Windows alternatives, long-term dividends will be paid for taking the time to scope and developing a detailed strategy for mobile computing. Partnership with a trusted mobility resource like Zebra can assist companies to make the correct decisions for their situations, eventually enhancing operational efficiency, team productivity, and competitiveness on the market.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scannersbarcode label printersbarcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom softwareEPOS systems & hardwareRFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

Product Spotlight: Parcelcube Dimensioning System

This month we are shining the spotlight on the Parcelcube Dimensioning System.

How Does A Dimensioning System Work?

Simply place a parcel on the scale. Press a button or read a barcode and Parcelcube will capture the dimensions and weight of the parcel. Data is captured in less than one second – accurately and efficiently.

Where Can It Be Used?

  • Inbound Logistics – Collect dimensions and weights from products in stock.
  • Outbound Logistics – Small and large shipping operations in warehouses or DC.
  • POS Desks & Couriers – At point of sales desks.
  • Pharmacueticals
  • Warehousing
  • Manufacturing

Why Parcelcube?

  • Accurate and efficient
  • Reliable and fast (data captured in less than one second)
  • 5 minute set up
  • User-friendly PC interface
  • Boost productivity
  • Reduce costly manual data entry and errors
  • Simply click to capture and/or transfer data
  • Priced right, even for small companies

PC Software Features

  • Imperial and metric units
  • Communication
    • Real-time data transfer (API) as standard
    • Offline .csv file
    • Copy F9: Click to transfer data to third party without IT integration > easily configure order of data output (dimensions X-Y-Z and weight)
  • Item counting and stacking
  • 7 user-defined values for data entry
  • High/low resolution; 1mm, 3mm or 1cm
  • Auto calibration
  • Camera feature

User-friendly PC Interface

The Parcelcube unit includes as standard user-friendly PC software. A guided installation takes less than two minutes. The PC interface (software) has all the features required for inbound, outbound and POS desk operations.

Maintenance

The Parcelcube dimensioning systems require no expensive onsite calibration or maintenance, as 95% of maintenance and support is done remotely by our technical team. In the event of mechanical damage, we normally guide a local electrician to change the part, cost-efficient and easy! A calibration cube is supplied, and the operator can easily calibrate the scale in less than a minute.

 

 

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scannersbarcode label printersbarcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom softwareEPOS systems & hardwareRFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

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

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scannersbarcode label printersbarcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom softwareEPOS systems & hardwareRFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

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.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scannersbarcode label printersbarcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom softwareEPOS systems & hardwareRFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

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 barcode 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.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of  barcode scannersbarcode label printersbarcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom softwareEPOS systems & hardwareRFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.