Labelling is an important part of any type of manufacturing organisation. Labels are required everywhere, from machinery, to products, feedstocks and raw materials. In certain, heavily regulated industries, labelling can be an important part of ensuring regulatory compliance. Although labelling may seem to be a standard and well understood part of the business, it is often not optimised to its full potential. Through use of smart and efficient labelling systems, both time and money can be saved throughout the manufacturing process.
Supply Chain Optimisation
When it comes to manufacturing, labelling is one of the only way to track and organise your goods. The labels of these goods all need associating and to be interconnected to ensure trackability. Manufactured goods labels need to match with associated raw material and feedstock labels. This can cause major issues if not done correctly.
Incorrect information on labels leads to relabelling, customer returns, shipping delays. All this has a major effect on the efficiency of the company’s supply chain and can be easily avoided with proper labelling management systems. Labels need to be tightly connected to the company’s other business processes, avoiding supply chain interruptions and further enhancing efficiency.
Adapting to Change
Manufacturing companies are subject to constant change. Whether it be the introduction of a new product, a change in regulatory aspects or in the manufacturing process of a product, manufacturing companies are constantly evolving. And with any product or policy change, label information will also need to change. This can often take a lot of time and delay projects.
By incorporating smart labelling with online connectivity this can be much improved. Online labelling machines connected to a business’ databases can be easily altered. By linking these systems, any changes in a product’s data will automatically change the information printed on the label. In this way your company can keep ahead of change and ensure costly delays are avoided.
Keeping in line with regulation
Labelling may be an important compliance aspect, especially in heavily regulated industries. In pharmaceuticals for example, labels are strictly monitored to ensure they follow good manufacturing practice. This may involve the label containing lots of different information, such as the hazards associated with the product, the chemical formula name, the directions of use etc.
With lots of different information required, time and money can be lost when manually inputting all this information into labelling databases. When this is the case, a smart labelling system which can draw data from multiple sources can save time and effort. By upgrading or integrating systems, your company can remain in regulatory compliance whilst also making manufacturing processes more efficient.
Manufacturing companies interact with various third parties throughout their operations, both being supplied by and supplying other companies. With various different companies and suppliers involved in the entire manufacturing process, many different packaging and shipping methods are used. For instance, raw materials received from a supplier need to be relabelled once they are received, leading to lots of time and money being spent throughout the supply chain.
By working with and fully integrating third parties into labelling systems, this time and money can be saved. A universally consistent system means savings are made throughout the supply chain and the likelihood of label errors are much reduced. A secure online environment can be set up, accessed only by the companies involved, to supply and organise the label information required. This can lead to saved costs as well as a reduction in total inventory required.