Boyd Coatings Research Co. manufactures, applies, and distributes custom-developed, high-performance coatings, specializing in the medical, industrial and aerospace markets.
For Boyd’s three-part products to work properly, their customers must mix the correct component in order to produce the final coating. For example, component A must be mixed first with component B and then with component C to produce the final coating. Since most customers purchase multiple sets of different 3-part products, Boyd needs an error-proof process to insure the components are mixed correctly. Mixing mistakes are costly and could result in “critical failures”.
To error-proof their coating application process, Boyd uses color labels and letters to signify a series of coatings, insuring the different components are mixed properly.
To generate these labels, Boyd was using a color laser printer and store-purchased labels, which required cutting the labels to the desired size. Although the labels worked, the work process was labor intensive. Given the requirements of this process, Boyd searched and found a more efficient solution, the Epson TM-C3400 SecurColor printer.
Using the Epson TM-C3400, Boyd produces either 4”x 3” or 4”x 4” labels using the printer to cut to the required size from a continuous roll of media. These labels are printed on-demand in the factory and then affixed to the products.
This new process was designed and implemented by the Information Technology manager. After getting the appropriate media, the IT Manager says the process “works like a champ!” In addition, the IT Manager says the purchase of a new solution did not require “justification” as the savings were obvious.
With the solution implemented by Boyd, three key lessons emerge. First, color labels can be used to convey important information instantly and easily. Second, the TM-C3400 makes color labels easy to implement, especially with the built-in cutter. Third, a solution using the TM-C3400 saves labor, time and money for manufacturers.
Feel free to contact me to learn more about manufacturing solutions using color labels and the TM-C3400 SecurColor printer.