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What is Your Ideal Label Reprint Type? ‘True Reprint’ or ‘Re-request’ Label?

By Dave Klement | November 21, 2018

Summary Several cases exist that call for label reprints. The concept sounds simple (i.e. print a label previously printed again). Not all reprints require the same type of label however. Many label-printing software brands offer a “reprint” feature. But, they do not all behave the same. By knowing your ideal reprint type, you can determine…

Pharmaceutical Company Controls Label Reprints by Adding ‘Date Printed’

By Dave Klement | November 5, 2018

  Summary Accurate labeling and tracking of products prevents of theft, counterfeiting, and the accidental release of uncontrolled products. Companies in regulated industries require strict label controls to ensure accurate labeling. These controls include precise tracking of labels created, used, and destroyed. The ability to create an exact duplicate label can frustrate efforts to control. However,…

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Uses SENTINEL with CODESOFT to Print Work Orders From Their ERP System

By Dave Klement | October 11, 2018

Summary In general, industrial label printing software (such as CODESOFT by TEKLYNX) is used to drive print jobs to label printers. However, this same software can be formatted so the ‘labels’ are actual full standard document pages (e.g. Letter, Legal, etc.) and the print jobs can be sent to laser printers. This allows the user…

Avoid the Emergency Upgrade Trap!

By Dave Klement | October 4, 2018

  Summary Unfortunately, we sometimes get a desperate call from a label software user. Something catastrophic occurred to their labeling system. Perhaps a license server is down or a PC has died. The client cannot print labels and they need to get things running ASAP! We are glad to assist so when we get that…

Create a Smart Printer – Store Label Designs in Your Printer for Fast Label Printing without Software or a PC

By Dave Klement | July 30, 2018

Summary The traditional approach to supply chain labeling involves a PC, labeling software, and a printer. However, most people do not realize that, in certain circumstances, you can take the labeling software and PC out of the equation, printing straight from the printer. Basically you make the printer act as a Smart Printer. This is…

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Reduce Human Error with Effective Label Design

By Dave Klement | October 27, 2017

Summary “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope Most labeling software applications are packed with tools and features to prevent errors. This article covers some common ones and provides some links to Efficient Ideas articles. Methods to Reduce Human Error Several methods can be used to reduce the potential for human error: Input…

Clear Input Fields and Force Users to Enter New Data. Reducing Errors Series – Article #3

By Dave Klement | October 25, 2017

Summary We have all done it. In a hurry, we rush through our work and forget to double check, update the correct information, or notice that something is wrong or out of place. The consequences, of course, make us bitterly regret that brief second or two of time we save. When filling out data in…

Why ERP Systems Are Not Good at Making Labels

By Dave Klement | September 5, 2017

  Summary Enterprise Resource Planning software (i.e. ERP) are great tools for managing data. They can provide one software platform to simplify and consolidate the software and data throughout the organization. Using your ERP system print labels with some additional tools, however, takes this ‘one platform’ concept one step too far. Even the larger companies,…

Prevent Invalid Dates in Your Labels. Reducing Errors Series – Article #2

By Dave Klement | August 30, 2017

Summary Ever see an expiration date of November 31st on a label?  How about February 30th? April 31st? June 31st? Invalid dates can enter your label by either human entry or an erroneous mathematical calculation caused by a simple formula.  Although both types of error are possible, steps can be taken to reduce or eliminate…

Avoid Typos in Your Labeling with Input Masks! Reducing Errors Series – Article #1

By Dave Klement | August 30, 2017

Summary One of the most common errors in label creation is mistyping (i.e. a ‘typo’).  Doing this with critical label information at print time can cause BIG problems. Most brands of labeling software can help prevent user typos by using a process call masking. This article explains how input masking works and provides some examples…

Automatically Print and Apply Two Different Labels on the Same Box Instead of Just One

By Dave Klement | August 25, 2017

Summary The leading brands of print applicators have a module that will allow you to take the same base unit and apply two labels instead of one to the same case or pallet. This article explains how it works and what hardware and software changes are required. How It Works Steps to printing two labels:…