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5 Label Manufacturing Services that Go the Extra Mile

by OMNI SystemsAugust 1, 2017 14:08

You might be satisfied with your current label manufacturer: they offer satisfactory pricing and delivery. But are you aware of the extra services some converters offer? If not, you may be missing out on opportunities for your business. Here are 5 services that label manufacturers may offer that go the extra mile for your company:

  1. Research and development (R&D): label manufacturers know that there are always new environments and applications that may pose challenges. The best companies will try to stay ahead of these challenges through dedicated research and development. R&D labs can help meet unique and challenging labeling requirements. R&D services with experience and technical knowledge can meet the challenges of extreme environments, including clean rooms, chemical baths and high humidity.

  2. Printhead replacement: at the end of the day, higher quality labels will help extend the life of your printhead. Price is an important consideration, but total cost of ownership can be even more important. Cheap, lower quality labels can put excess wear on printheads, leading to higher printhead costs and more downtime. In addition to providing high quality labels, suppliers may also offer a thermal printhead replacement program.

  3. On-site technical support: you depend on uptime to keep your operations running smoothly and profitably. Factory-trained technicians will repair your equipment on-site and provide preventative maintenance and operator training to extend product life.

  4. Label design: manufacturers often have graphics department ready to put their label design expertise to work for you on custom label sizes, configurations or multi-color labels. Prepress art departments may also be available to put the finishing touches on your artwork when needed, using the latest hardware and software so your labels are ready for the printing and converting process.

  5. Hardware repair: top label manufacturers will have a number of resources and services to ensure your systems are always running. From return-to-depot thermal printer repair to nationwide on-site support, the best partners will help minimize downtime to keep your products moving out the door.

Want to know how OMNI stacks up? Check out our services page or contact us for more information.

Can Your Thermal Label Supplier Weather the Storm in the Age of IIoT?

by OMNI SystemsMarch 1, 2017 09:55

With technology growing leaps and bounds in today’s age, manufacturing becomes more and more dependent on such technology for everyday tasks. As outlined in IndustryWeek, increased connectivity and the use of big data are driving waves of manufacturing innovation. Printing and converting are no strangers to this trend. But as manufacturing becomes more dependent on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), it also becomes more vulnerable. Old risks such as natural disasters and machinery breakages are now supplemented with new risks from hacking and grid downtime. As we saw just last week, one typo in a service provider like Amazon’s AWS can bring down hundreds of connected services.

So as someone who depends on suppliers for quick and reliable turnaround and delivery, what can you do to protect yourself in the new world of IIoT? The answer is easy: make sure your provider is prepared for any type of disaster. There are three main categories you should ensure your thermal label supplier is prepared for:

  1. Natural Disasters
    Natural disasters can be some of the most devastating, as they are often unpredictable and always uncontrollable. While companies can take steps to reverse hacks, it’s impossible to redirect or reverse a tornado! Fortunately, manufacturers can implement several safeguards and processes to mitigate the impact these disasters can have on their production. This includes holding safety stock in secondary locations, owning and/or leasing multiple plants in different locales, signing reciprocated manufacturing agreements, and maintaining raw material backup inventory. For printers, it is also imperative to have a top-of-the-line fire alarm and suppression systems in place.

  2. IT and Grid Downtime
    Technology and the internet are quickly changing the face of manufacturing, and thus introducing new threats to production. Thermal label suppliers are not immune to these, becoming more dependent on connectivity to run presses and communication throughout the entire supply chain process. Converters keeping ahead of these risks are able to implement safeguards, utilizing cloud backups, mirrored server structure, and even investing in third-party services that provide computers, phones, electricity and internet in the case of a severe outage. 

  3. Security Threats
    While technical and natural disasters typically have more widespread impacts on manufacturing, a physical security threat to a building can be just as serious. Companies who recognize this type of threat implement multiple levels of security, for both the safety of their employees and their operations. Examples include CCTV, pass card/fob entry, limited guest access, outdoor and emergency lighting and security alarms and official procedures. Regular drills are also important. Third-party services, as mentioned previously, can also provide backup technology and even mobile office locations in the case of long-term events.

Whether you’re evaluating a new or existing thermal label converter, don’t forget to consider their levels of emergency preparedness. Thinking of these factors now could save your company countless hours and significant amounts of money in the future.

Want to know how well OMNI Systems is prepared? Contact us to find out.

How Innovation Impacts Label Converter Production

by OMNI SystemsJanuary 1, 2017 11:13

Innovation: a frequently used buzzword. But, when applied as part of a consistent growth plan, can greatly impact how a thermal label converter does business. For a converter, innovation means keeping abreast of industry changes, like the shift we saw in 2016 towards more efficient presses and hybrid solutions. Additionally, innovation requires constant review and improvement of internal processes to remove redundancies and time demands.

For OMNI Systems, innovation means that we’re constantly looking for new ways to grow our thermal label business – in 2016 that meant we needed to respond to growing demands by investing in new manufacturing technology. Watch our video below to learn more about our commitment to growth and see some of our newest presses in action:

Want to learn more or take advantage of our growing capabilities? Get a quote or contact us today.