Imagine you have 10 labels that need to go on a product. Some of those labels fulfill compliance obligations. Others are instructions. A few even label readouts, buttons, and other important controls or ports. The point is they are all important. There’s just a lot of them.
So why is that a problem? Well in a traditional production model, that means the inventory team has to manage 10 different labels. That’s making sure you have enough inventory x 10. That’s issuing labels to the production floor x 10. That’s juggling different rolls of labels for application x 10. That’s headache and hassle x 10.
Fortunately there is a better way. Combining those labels together and creating a kit is one of the best solutions for that problem. Let’s take a closer look at an example developed by Coast Label Company 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, Coast Label went a step further and created 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 sheet 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.
Admittedly there is more setup to initially create a kit. But the time savings in terms of inventory management, and even re-ordering (1 label estimate versus 10–yes please) more than pays for itself. This is a great time saver worth checking out.