Codeway labeller weighs and measures cartons in global tracking system
A consumer products manufacturer supplying goods to retail outlets across Europe and the rest of the world wanted to improve tracking of consignments to the retailer, and control transport costs.
The company asked its logistics service provider to automate its recording of carton weight and volume so that all transport charges would be based on actual values instead of estimates.
Weighing and Volumetrics
At its warehouse the company picks and packs customer orders into cartons, labels them with a barcodes, and despatches them to the distribution hub.
At the hub, cartons are unloaded onto a conveyor. They pass over a weigh scales, and then beneath a gantry with a barcode scanner and volume measuring devices.
Labelling and Tracking
The Codeway control system running on an industrial PC processes and records this data. It looks up destination data from the carton ID and prints and applies a carton routing label.
The carton then travels along a cross-conveyor to the pallet stacking area. Staff check the barcodes on each pallet with wireless terminals before the pallets are released for loading.
Worldwide System Integration
Codeway also supplied the logistics tracking system.
The manufacturer sends a shipping notice file with details of what to expect for the distributor to import into its SQL Server system.
The server sends a list of despatched items to the customer via an FTP connection.
Cartons go to European and Global hubs. The hubs send files back to the system to confirm these bulk deliveries.
Local operators deliver the cartons to the retailers. They inform the hubs which send files back to complete the history.
LTSI Label Printer
This results in precise presentation of labels to apply heads, essential for reliable labelling.
Avery Dennison LTSI apply heads take labels from Avery Dennison 64 series printers and apply them to the top or side of products and cartons.
The Avery Dennison 64/LTSI apply head combination is a cost effective alternative to a full print and apply system for moderate volumes.
The system is suitable for continuous 24 hour use in factories and distribution centres.
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