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Automated Pallet Labeling Solution for SPR Packaging

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 Automated Pallet Labeling Solution for SPR Packaging - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - Ethernet
  • Sensors - Barcode Readers
Applicable Industries
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Packaging
Applicable Functions
  • Procurement
  • Warehouse & Inventory Management
Use Cases
  • Automatic Palletizing & Depalletizing Systems
  • Intelligent Packaging
  • System Integration
  • Testing & Certification
The Customer

SPR 包装有限责任公司 

About The Customer
SPR Packaging, LLC is an American supplier of packaging solutions, including printed films and converted poly bags. Founded in 2006, the company is based in Rockwell, Texas. It was established by a team of experienced flexible packaging managers and associates to fill a niche in the market for customer-oriented manufacturing and service. SPR Packaging is part of the Armando Alvarez Group, a world leader in the extrusion and conversion of a wide array of plastic products and packaging. The company prides itself on providing superior customer service and cost-effective quality through proprietary film formulations, consistent quality, fast order turnarounds, and effective warehousing and production forecasting.
The Challenge
SPR Packaging, an American supplier of packaging solutions, was in search of an automated pallet labeling solution that could meet their immediate and future needs. They aimed to equip their lines with automatic printer applicators, but also required a solution that could interface with their accounting software. The challenge was to find a system that could read a 2D code on pallets at the stretch wrapper, track the pallet, and flag any pallets with unread barcodes for inspection. The pallets could be single or double stacked, and the system needed to be able to differentiate between the two. SPR Packaging sought a system integrator with extensive experience in advanced printing and tracking solutions to provide a complete traceability system.
The Solution
The solution involved the use of Datalogic's Matrix 410N and Matrix 120 units. The Matrix 410N was set up to read a 2D code on pallets at the stretch wrapper. If a second stack was present, the system would print and apply two labels to the top stack. These labels included customer/order specific data and formats, a unique serial number, and the pallet weight. After the pallet was verified, the data was exported to finalize inventory. The Matrix 120 unit was used to verify the applied labels at the wrapped pallet label applicator. If a label could not be read, it was automatically printed to a manual printer for the lift operator to confirm that a scannable barcode label was facing the warehouse floor.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of the automated pallet labeling solution was a success. If either printer applicator faults, the system automatically prints to the manual printer until the issue is resolved. The system provides comprehensive reporting, including pallets in queue, palletizing reports by date and product, weight reports, transaction reports, and device health reports. The end user, SPR, was very pleased with the results. The system integrator, with over 17 years of experience providing competitive barcode readers, has begun implementing Datalogic barcode readers into the scanning applications offered to their customers after the successful installation at SPR Packaging. The ease of startup and the timely support received during the setup of the Ethernet protocols were particularly appreciated.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Anticipated ROI on the system is less than 12 months
  • More accurate weights on pallets for shipping audits
  • Improved inventory accuracy

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