Originally appeared on The Human Readable Blog, by TEKLYNX.
Partner Blog BY: NICK RECHT / TEKLYNX
Whether you’re a small business or a company whose reach spans worldwide, operational efficiency should always be at the front of your mind. But what about labeling efficiencies? Barcode labeling is a critical aspect of business operations to get your products to the right place at the right time. When it comes to improving operational efficiency, manufacturers regularly review key performance indicators like cycle time, on-time delivery, and customer return rate. Barcode labeling and enterprise label management play a key role across many operational KPIs. Within this blog post, we’ll take a deeper dive into how label management software can help improve your operational efficiency now and into the future.
What is label management software?
Label management software can be defined as software that helps companies manage their label design and printing in an efficient and secure way. The three types of label management software we focus on are: print automation, label security & traceability, and centralized label management.
Label management software: Print automation
Removing manual steps is one of the most obvious ways to gain efficiencies in your labeling process. Unfortunately, humans can make mistakes, and mistakes cost money. By using label management software to automate label printing from your business system, you can simplify use and maintenance, improve ROI on existing technology infrastructure, and increase labeling efficiency and accuracy. One of TEKLYNX current users reduced costs by $8,476 per year by implementing our print automation solution, SENTINEL.
Integrating your label printing system with your ERP system promises to minimize errors, increase print speeds, and maximize your return on investment. By generating print-time data directly from your ERP system, such as SAP or Oracle, instead of manually entering critical data, you create fewer steps meaning lower risk of mistakes. Our integration method allows you to connect to to virtually any business system, allowing for smooth sailing with your label management software.
SENTINEL USER SUCCESS – PARKER HANNIFIN
Parker Hannifin struggled with the goal of printing barcode labels for their products with minimal user data entry. They had to find a way to encode the customer-request information and formats but needed to use serialized labels from a central database. Once they implemented SENTINEL, they were able to:
- Print labels more consistently
- Print out more accurate labels
- Encounter fewer format errors
- Achieve better control over the labeling process
- Move the printing function to the place that made the most sense
Want to learn more how SENTINEL improves operational efficiency? Check out this quick video below:
Label management software: Security & traceability
Wouldn’t it be nice to know who, what, where, and when any of your barcode labels are being printed? Well, you can! With label security and traceability software you can organize and control your labeling environment by capturing it all. This label management software fits into your IT environment by taking file maintenance from the desktop to the server room, minimizing the risk of errors.
By implementing a robust label security & traceability solution, you can also eliminate manual steps and control the label approval process from design to production by setting up automatic label approval emails. This allows the person who manages the labels to view and approve each one, ensuring there are no unauthorized labels entering production. With the shift to remote work, manufacturers are transitioning to a paperless label approval process to replace manual interaction. By implementing this in their labeling system, manufacturers can create a green & sustainable environment as well as setting them up for success now and into the future. With LABEL ARCHIVE, you can achieve a paperless approval process by:
- Setting a multi-stage approval process of label designs by reviewers
- Establishing permissions to control access (design, print, and approve)
- Record of changes, comments, revisions, and print history for every label
Want to learn more about LABEL ARCHIVE? Check out this quick video below:
Label management software: Browser-based printing interface
When it comes to reducing errors, a customizable user interface can have a big impact. By breaking up your complex printing process into simple steps, it is easier for your staff to master the labeling process. A customized browser-based printing interface can be simplified and tailored to the needs of each department, business unit, or supplier, and it can be accessed securely from anywhere in the world.
Often, the need for a single, unified solution to handle label design, approval, printing, and reporting arises when organizations with complex labeling requirements seek to improve efficiency. TEKLYNX CENTRAL allows you to manage your entire labeling process, centrally. It is the ultimate label management software, containing a print automation module, a label security & traceability module, and a customizable browser-based printing interface. With the ability to manage supply chain labeling and integrate with ERP and other business systems, TEKLYNX CENTRAL helps you increase operational efficiency. Additionally, you have the opportunity to secure label printing anywhere in the world, without the hassle of hosting local servers with our cloud-hosted label printing option.
To see TEKLYNX CENTRAL in action, click below to watch a quick video:
TEKLYNX CENTRAL USER SUCCESS – FREELIN WADE
Freelin Wade, one of North America’s largest independent manufacturer of plastic tubing, utilized TEKLYNX CENTRAL and was able to cut their errors and costly customer returns by 50%. “Since implementing TEKLYNX CENTRAL, accuracy has significantly increased. So far, we’ve reduced the number of labeling errors by at least 50% and that’s only the beginning. We continue to discover the many advantages TEKLYNX CENTRAL provides,” stated Calvin Hansen, IT Manager at Freelin’ Wade. To access the full story, click here.
If you’re ready to see how label management software can improve operational efficiency in your labeling environment, get in touch with a labeling expert today!
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