3 Supply Chain Challenges, 3 Labeling Success Stories

by Craig Hodgson, on April 16, 2018

Supply chain challenges crop up on a daily basis. You need to avoid manufacturing disruptions, comply with regulations and meet customer demands. There are a lot of moving parts to ensure efficiency, and one of the key cogs in this process that often gets overlooked is labeling.

Breakthroughs in supply chain labeling help companies manage operations more smoothly and efficiently. Check out how real-world customers like you are leveraging Enterprise Labeling Solutions to prevent costly downtime, stay compliant with mandated regulations and continue to meet changing customers’ needs...

How Labeling Helps Avoid Manufacturing Disruptions

Although labels are typically taken for granted in the supply chain, they can make a big difference, depending on what you're using. Just ask Hypertherm.

A global manufacturer of advanced plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, Hypertherm has an extensive global client list, including Volvo and Ford. In spite of its success, the company had a problem with its labeling system. Developed in-house, product labeling was complex and represented a single point of failure. Anytime it broke, which was frequent, it caused costly delays.

Instead, Hypertherm turned to Loftware’s browser-based barcode labeling software, Loftware Spectrum, to accelerate printing, simplify maintenance and and save the company millions in downtime...upwards of $5M a year! See for yourself and read the case study. 

How Labeling Helps Sustain Regulatory Compliance

Think of barcode labels as your shipment's passport through the supply chain and into the market. Many countries have regulations about how shipments must be labeled in order for them to make it into that market. If a product doesn't have the right label, it won't be allowed off the boat, plane, or truck, costing you a great deal of time and money. This especially applies in highly regulated industries like chemicals where health and environmental risks are a major concern.

Tremco, a global provider of sealant products, faced strict Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements for labeling chemicals across its supply chain. Because not every country follows the exact same GHS guidelines, Tremco had to find a way to automate labeling to quickly address evolving regulatory requirements while still delivering product in a timely fashion.

Fortunately, the company leveraged Loftware's certified integration with SAP and its environmental health and safety (EHS) functionality to simplify label design and "harmonize" data across regions for ensured accuracy, consistency and, of course, regulatory compliance. Hear the whole story and view the Tremco on-demand webinar. 

How Labeling Helps Satisfy Customer Requirements

Your customers most likely have unique requirements that can add complexity to the manufacturing process. An Enterprise Labeling Solution can solve this problem. Take the example of Modine Manufacturing Company. Headquartered in Racine, WI, with over 11,000 employees, Modine is a global provider of thermal management solutions for a wide variety of applications and markets, including automotive, industrial power, and HVAC. 

Modine is proud to consistently satisfy its large customer base. Key to accomplishing that goal is meeting customers' unique and ever-changing labeling requirements. Again, this is where Loftware's integration with SAP makes a huge difference, enabling the manufacturer to centralize labeling and pull the most current customer data into label templates. Through Loftware's connection with SAP business processes, Modine is also able to trigger high-volume label printing, automatically. The result: reliable, accurate labeling without costly delays and supply chain disruptions. 

Modine also benefits from powerful, easy-to-use design tools that Eric Richmond, Modine's Director of ERP Applications, calls "top of class."  Check out the full case study.


Topics:ManufacturingBarcode Labeling