Inventory & Logistics

 

Inventory barcodes are critical to the efficiency of the manufacturing and distribution process. They contain useful information about a company's inventory or stock quantities. Barcoding for logistical purposes is helpful and time saving. Tracking product lines helps ensure quality both inside a manufacturing facility and after point of sale. Both applications require labeling and thermal transfer printing that exhibits superior abrasion resistance and longevity.

Application Spotlight: Shipping Labels

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Think shipping labels are as easy as wax on paper?

Think again. Box labels often show signs of ink smear or smudging, preventing barcodes from scanning. Chargebacks from these issues can add up quickly.

Why does this happen so frequently?

  • Corrugated boxes have those pesky ridges, which create high points for the labels applied to them. When the labels come in contact with other surfaces, the ridges become an instant point of wear. 
  • Paper labels are frequently used in shipping applications. Paper breaks down and shows signs of wear very easily when rubbed against other surfaces. When this happens, a gray tone appears, and is often confused for dirt or ink smear.

The logistics pathway is full of contaminants. Things like conveyor belts, aluminum arms along conveyors, and other boxes transfer wear marks and dirt. This will break down the box label and smear the printed ink as it travels. So, what can you do if your shipping labels aren’t scan-able by the time they reach their destination?

DNP has your solution.

  • Wax/Resin: First, upgrade your thermal transfer ribbon from wax. Moving to a midrange ink will offer a higher degree of resistance to wear and dirt.
  • Resin: Next, consider a polyester label. When paired with a resin thermal transfer ribbon, this is the most durable solution on the market, and sure to withstand the harshest transit and storage conditions.

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