South Portland Maine,
Labeling Solutions has expertise serving customers in the seafood industry
across the . According to Donald Tomkinson, President of
Labeling Solutions, “we had an opportunity in the seafood industry with a
customer who needed to classify fresh-caught inventory on a daily basis,
quickly and accurately replacing tedious manual counting. Based on these requirements, we started
looking for a color printer that could produce on-demand, color-code tags with
2D barcodes and text. Most importantly,
we had to find printable, durable tags that could withstand 3 or more weeks in
salt water.” US
The durability of these inks is one of the key enablers for Epson to obtain the BS5609 Certification with Kimdura media from Neenah Paper. Take a look at my earlier blog post on this topic: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2012/03/bs5609-is-no-bs.html. To receive this certification, the ink and media are required to withstand more than 3 weeks in seawater.
According to Dave Long, President of Stafford Press, “after testing showed our existing 4 mil poly tag was not stiff enough, we developed a new 8 mil poly tag to meet the Labeling Solutions requirements. For both the 4 mil and 8 mil poly tags, we use the same material certified in the BS 5609 test. This tag material is not only durable, but also produces very good print quality.”
Labeling Solutions developed a comprehensive solution comprised of several “best of breed” components:
* Epson color printer
* Bar Tender label software from Seagull Scientific
* Durable color tags
* Handheld Mobile PC with Windows Mobile and 2D scanner
* Notebook PC
* Physical Inventory Counting Software
With the printer, tags and application completed, Labeling Solutions completed their first deployment. Donald says, “For the first print job, we printed 6,000 tags with 32 different classifications. Each tag has a 2D barcode, text, and color code to make it easier for the workers to identify quickly the category of seafood. It was a “layup” to use durable color tags as a part of this solution. ”
If you like this story, you may find my earlier post on the use of color to classify products of interest also:
Moving to on-demand color labels and tags will improve all types of work processes; including classifying, fresh-caught inventory. Contact me to discuss how color can be added to your or your customer’s business.
PS: I have an update to this story. After 7 months in salt water, Donald sent me a picture of the tags.
According to Donald, "The color coding and bar code on the tags have no apparent degradation after 7 months in salt water. These results are a testament to the ink and tag material combination used on Epson TM-C3400 color printer."
These results really do show the durability of the ink/poly media combination.