Errors can create downtime and missed deadlines. In today's environment, extended downtime is not something a company can afford to have happen. It is vital to understand why errors are occurring and to keep those coding errors to an absolute minimum. If an error is made at the start of the process but not detected until the end, the cost of rework and rescheduling reduces profits.
Mistakes can and do happen. Below are some of the main reasons coding errors occur so frequently.
Of course, it is a good practice to audit coding errors and analyze their causes. This can pinpoint clear actions for improvements such as individual or group training requirements or identify which equipment needs updating or replacing if it has become unreliable.
Eliminating 100% of coding errors is not possible due to the human factor. However, with the wide choice of user interfaces on the market, it makes sense to incorporate as many beneficial features as possible which suit your requirements and workforce. This approach helps reduce operator errors and keeps your downtime to an absolute minimum.
Remember, no one piece of equipment is going to solve your coding errors. You will always need good staff training, teamwork and processes. However, a good user interface that guides employees through initial set up can ensure errors are kept to a minimum. This will go a long way to keeping costs low, reducing downtime and most importantly, keeping your customers happy.
Download the full whitepaper, “Pallet Labeling: The Final Step In Your Production Tracking Process”
The final step in your production process can often easily be overlooked. After rigorously completing all the upstream processing, packaging and coding processes, the final palletized product seems to be a small step before crossing the finish line. However, labeling at the pallet level is a crucial process for identifying palletized products being shipped to retailers.
Imagine this: You’re completing a custom job for products specific to one regional retail chain. To differentiate the pallets for the custom job from your standard products, you plan on printing the identifying batch information on the license plate label and applying it to the outside of the shrink-wrapped pallet. When the time comes, your shipment is sent to the retailer only to discover that the products sent are not the custom printed containers they ordered. Now not only is your relationship with this retailer tarnished, but you are on the hook for reprinting all of their products at your own cost.
This scenario might sound familiar if you’re still in the business of manually applying labels. Some level of human error is always a risk and it can be a costly one. Ensuring a consistent, accurate label on every pallet that leaves your facility doesn’t have to be a trying task. It is possible to guarantee proper label placement while also avoiding common safety issues often occurring from the entanglement of the labeler in the pallet shrink wrap.
Our pallet labeling experts at Diagraph have complied a helpful guide for assessing automated pallet labelers for your production line. This guide steps through the main questions you should ask when evaluating your pallet labeling automation process and reviews the top areas of consideration you should work through before you make any kind of investment.
Download the full whitepaper, “Pallet Labeling: The Final Step In Your Production Tracking Process”, here to learn more.
October 19, 2006
Dear Valued Customer:
Diagraph Marking and Coding is very pleased to announce the release of the latest generation Integrated Valve printhead, the IV9 Dot. This product will be a direct replacement for several of Diagraph’s current Integrated Valve printheads. The following table lists the direct replacements:
5770002P500 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,1/2",POR
5700406 - PH,IV 1/2",POR
5701201 - PH,IV,1/2" POR,ENVIRONMENTAL
5770002N500 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,1/2",NP
5700407 - PH,IV 1/2",NP
5701202 - PH,IV,1/2" NP,ENVIRONMENTAL
5770002P875 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,7/8",POR
5700404 - PH,IV,7/8" POR
5700475 - PH ASSY,7/8" 9-DOT POR SP
5770002N875 - ASSY,IV9DOT PRNT HD,7/8",NP
5700405 - PH,IV,7/8" NP
5700476 - PH,7/8" 9-DOT,NP,SP
The improved printhead assembly now has an industrial design that has a one piece, die-cast aluminum housing. It is now environmentally sealed for harsh environments, has automatic dot correction, overdrive protection, and photocell bracket mounting holes. The new design also includes a built-in LED display and membrane switch that allows for channel purging, adjusting the pulse and width, and changing the pressure directly from the printhead.
Certain configurations of bracketry, which are older than five years and round in shape, used with older style Diagraph Integrated Valve products may require an adaptor plate (part # 5770-219) to install the new printheads. Documentation and information regarding the installation of these new print heads is available on the Diagraph website, www.diagraph.com. If you have additional questions, please contact our technical support group at 1-800-526-2531.
We appreciate your past business and look forward to being your Marking & Coding supplier in the future. We expect that you will find this new generation of printhead to exceed your expectations for industrial ink jet and be a cost effective tool for your marking & coding needs.
Eric Janes Customer Service Manager Diagraph Marking and Coding
When is it time to trade in your continuous inkjet printer?
The expected life of industrial inkjet printers is typically between five and seven years, depending on the production environment. However, harsh environments may further reduce the usable life.
Consider the following questions when evaluating whether to replace your continuous inkjet printer (CIJ):
The impact of these factors can result in a decrease of your CIJ printer’s uptime.
Repair or replace? The risk is downtime.
If your printer has required a repair outside of regularly scheduled maintenance, you should consider this a red flag. It may be in your best interest to replace rather than repair since unplanned downtime can have a significant impact on your profits for the following reasons:
In short, if you are using older CIJ printers in your production, there is a higher risk of major downtime.
Learn how Diagraph can increase your uptime by trading out your old CIJ for a new Linx 8900 Series CIJ.
Learn more about the all new Linx 8900.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is transforming manufacturing and a whole host of other industries. IIoT connects industrial devices that can monitor, collect, exchange, and analyze data, and leverage that data and connectivity to help you make smarter, faster and more effective business decisions.
Chances are, you’re already automating parts of your business -- but IIoT takes automation to a whole new level. Two major IIoT trends to watch for in 2020, according to Mobidev, are wireless connectivity and predictive analytics. If you aren’t leveraging IIoT as part of your marking and coding process, it’s a wasted opportunity.
Centralized printer management software connects wirelessly to your printing and coding equipment, creating a central database so that operators can review printing status and start jobs remotely using their mobile devices – among other capabilities. Centralized printer management software can also track prints and analyze operational history, to deliver valuable insights about your processes.
The robust interconnectedness of IIoT technology such as a centralized printer management system, can innovate the product identification process in a number of ways. For example, imagine being able to run your production processes without having to constantly keep an eye on your coding and labeling equipment.
Some other benefits of centralized printer management software include:
Here’s a checklist of common complexities and pains that manufacturers experience with production. If any of these experiences sound familiar, you could benefit from deploying printer management software in your facility:
Improving manufacturing processes is an ongoing challenge, and IIoT can help. For your marking and coding process, centralized printer management software offers many benefits and seamlessly automates a complex operation.
Take the next step to automating your coding and labeling operations. Try NEXTConnect™ printer management software for free for 90 days. Contact a Diagraph representative today at firstname.lastname@example.org for a trial license.
If you haven’t had a top-to-bottom review of your coding and labeling operations within the past 5 to 10 years, you are probably overdue for a comprehensive product identification site audit. Technological advancements have allowed for manufacturers to achieve greater efficiencies and accuracy with their product coding efforts for all levels of packaging – from primary products all the way to pallet level labeling.
Diagraph can take the guess work out of coding and labeling operational best practices by offering free comprehensive site audits. We make a series of recommendations that span anywhere from making modifications to current equipment or practices for enhanced productivity to the complete retooling of your product identification operation to help you achieve your production and packaging compliance goals.
Our site audits include a close review of the following key areas:
After reviewing these key areas and other aspects of your packaging compliance requirements, we provide a site audit report with simple recommendations that you can implement immediately as well as bigger picture recommendations that can be implemented overtime with planning and support. At Diagraph, our goal is to make it easy for our customers to achieve the perfect mark on their products. Regular site audits and account reviews are just one of the ways we work in partnership with our customers.
Call us today at 800.722.1125 to learn more about how Diagraph partners with manufacturers to achieve product identification and packaging compliance success.