Elsewhere in Welch’s processing facilities, Zebra’s stationary and cart-mounted on demand printers are used for manual labeling applications, as well as transactions not related to packaging. These include:
- Printing of replacement labels, material labels and lists;
- Printing of labels for orders filled in Welch’s “make-up” room where less than full pallet orders are picked and packed;
- Myriad applications in the warehouse and processing areas.
For these applications, Welch’s has deployed Zebra 110XiIIIPlus printers. Some are in fixed locations and others are cart-mounted wireless printers selected to provide optimum mobility and flexibility—the cart is wheeled to where the labels are needed.
Conklin says, “The wireless feature is great—very flexible and convenient—and has also saved the company significantly on cable expenses and additional electrical costs.”
For Welch’s, the print-and-apply bar code labeling system has dramatically improved accuracy and visibility in tracking products through the plant and through its shipping and distribution processes.
Overall, with the business process improvements gained since implementing the ERP system and product identification system, Conklin notes that Welch’s has taken a quantum leap towards achieving the level of accuracy and visibility it was seeking in its product labeling and finished goods shipping line.