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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.

Durable Thermal Labels Offer Advantages to Paint Manufacturers

by OMNI SystemsDecember 1, 2016 15:04

Although most paint and hardware retail chains view paint can labels as a commodity item, for large operations that consume millions of thermal labels each month, it is a prime operating expense with sourcing decisions made at the corporate level. With so much at stake, such retailers are searching out reliable label providers that are capable of delivering a quality product consistently at a lower price. For many, this means partnering directly with specialty label converters that can pass on savings due to bulk purchasing power of thermal media direct from its source without voiding OEM warranties.

Retailer paint can labels are used not only for inventory management with SKU, barcode, product name, order number and a variety of variable data, but also to convey the paint’s exact color formulation. This paint formula is critical so it can be precisely recreated and color matched for repainting or touch ups, provided the label is durable enough to be read or better yet, scanned, years later.

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5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Thermal Label Converter

by OMNI SystemsNovember 3, 2016 13:45

Selecting a thermal label supplier for your business can be a daunting task. For many companies, the right label converter can mean millions of dollars of annual savings and supply chain efficiencies. When evaluating a new supplier, it is important to ask the following questions:

  1. What certifications do they have? There are many certifications a converter can acquire that indicate their commitment to manufacturing best practices, safety, and innovation. Manufacturing companies should abide by current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), helping to ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards, as well as minimize the risks involved in manufacturing.
     
  2. Are they financially stable? Several tools can help you evaluate a companies’ financially stability – check their Dun & Bradstreet rating, do an internet search for any financial awards, such as Inc 5000, or review their information on Morningstar. Any credible supplier will also be willing to provide additional information on their finances – look for companies with low or no debt and solid bank references.
     
  3. Do they offer additional services? Some label suppliers will focus on just that, supplying labels. But the best converters additional services as part of their overall portfolio – from inventory and supply chain management to additional printing services, research & development, technical support and more. After all, they are label experts and should be offering their expertise to their customers in all aspects of their business.
     
  4. Do they have contingency plans for disaster situations? Many times, a label converter will have one or two manufacturing plants located in a limited geographical area. Check with the company to find out where their manufacturing and distribution centers are located, and what safety measures those locations feature. The best suppliers will have contingency plans in place for a natural disaster, manufacturing outages and human security outlined in detail for each of their locations.
     
  5. And, last but not least, how do their prices compare? Well-established converters with a history in the label industry have the ability to create unique relationships (pricing agreements) with raw material providers, and those savings result in lower prices on your thermal label contract. They will be constantly striving to drive raw material costs down and find efficiencies in their equipment and processes that will help you save money in the long run.

Once you’ve done your research and asked these questions, it should make the process of selecting a thermal label converter much easier and faster, and could help you save thousands (or millions) on your thermal and RFID label needs. Want to know how OMNI System stacks up? Request a quote to find out.

OMNI SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES UPGRADED RATING BY DUN & BRADSTREET

by OMNI SystemsOctober 1, 2015 08:00

 OMNI Systems, Inc., the premier manufacturer of thermal labels in North America, announced today that  Dun & Bradstreet Corporation has upgraded its Financial Stress Score to 1611. The score predicts the chance that a business will experience financial distress and is used to forecast a company’s expected performance over the next year. This upgrade ranks OMNI in Class 1 which is the Top 5 Percentile with lowest possible delinquency probability of 0.03%.

Adam DeFrancesco, Founder & CEO of OMNI Systems said, “We are pleased that D&B has reassessed OMNI's financials and upgraded our ratings accordingly. This demonstrates OMNI’s strong capacity to meet its financial commitments and should provide further assurances to our current & future partners to trade with us with complete confidence. Since OMNI has no debt, and no interest payments, our clients receive much better pricing when compared to our competitors. This is a win-win scenario and helps create mutually beneficial long term partnerships we're seeking."

The Dun & Bradstreet Rating is the most widely used credit rating in American business, and provides an accurate assessment of a company’s overall creditworthiness and risk of default. The Rating is computed by D&B when a company submits its financial statements for review and is also influenced by D&B’s data about a company's payment history, demographic and financial information, outstanding suits and liens.

“We are thrilled to receive this outstanding D&B rating,” said Terry McGreal, CFO of Omni Systems. “Labeling is a very competitive industry and having this strong rating will set us apart from the competition and will also help to ensure our continued growth.”

Contact OMNI today to see how we can help improve your operations while significantly lowering your label spend.

OMNI SYSTEMS CELEBRATES ITS 25TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH RECORD REVENUES FOR 1Q 2015.

by OMNI SystemsMay 1, 2015 09:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels in North America, is pleased to announce that it has closed 1Q of fiscal year 2015 with record revenues and growth. Founded in 1990, OMNI Systems has seen robust growth throughout its existence, and for the most recent quarter 1Q 2015, sales have grown 15% compared to 1Q 2014.

"We are pleased with the record performance and the positive trends we have experienced through the first quarter of 2015," said David Irwin, OMNI Systems' Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "This marks its 51st consecutive quarter of revenue growth for OMNI and is a testament of a proven business model in action. We are seeing strength in all aspects of our business, from existing product lines at current clients, to new product lines at new clients. We will continue to spread our message of the HIGHEST QUALITY labels at the  lowest prices to anyone that has extensive bar-coding requirements."

OMNI Systems has been increasing capacity, and also started manufacturing at  a second facility to absorb the new growth as it continues to set new records for number of customers, renewal rates, geographical coverage, and revenues. OMNI has continually invested in new equipment and systems over the last few years to ensure OMNI can absorb this anticipated growth with ease.

Contact OMNI today to see how we can provide you uncompromising Quality & Fulfillment at savings of at least 20% annually.

OMNI Systems' Senior Account Manager Lila Schervish Receives Award for Outstanding Service From World's Leading Hospital.

by OMNI SystemsNovember 1, 2014 08:30

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of thermal labels, announced that its Senior Account Relationship Manager Lila Schervish received a Vendor Award for outstanding service from one of the World's Leading Hospital Systems. The Client has over $5 Billion in Revenues and has more than 35,000 employees world-wide. 

The award letter reads as follows:

"Congratulations, Lila Schervish ! 

Lila, On behalf of the Blood Bank, thank you for once again going above and beyond our vendor expectations by expediting yet another crucial label order. I applaud your commitment to not only us as your customer, but to our patients.

Regards, Don"

OMNI Systems provides labels to the hospital for use in its operations such as shipping, receiving, intake, laboratory vials, blood bank, etc. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said, "I congratulate Lila on receiving this award. It is nice to see her get this recognition as we all see her go above and beyond for all of her clients every day for as long as she's been with us. This particular client has been with us for more than a decade and we look forward to continuing our tradition of excellent service for the next many decades. We hope that this award will give our prospects another reason to engage us for an optimal solution for all your specific requirements."

OMNI Systems' is a manufacturer of pressure sensitive labels with a focus on Thermal Labels which are used in blood banks to identify and track blood as it moves from collection to administration. The application is highly specialized as it requires face-stocks and adhesives that can withstand chemicals and contaminants present in labs and hospitals all the while meeting stringent HIPAA requirements. OMNI Systems has developed solutions for this and all other hospital applications in conjunction with its client for many years.

Contact OMNI today  to see how we can help improve your operations while significantly lowering your label spend.

Top-Coated Labels vs. Non-Coated Labels: The Difference Matters!

by OMNI SystemsAugust 27, 2013 08:59

There are many types of direct thermal and thermal transfer label face-stocks in the marketplace, from uncoated to full top-coated. In one of our previous blog posts we talked about how top-coated labels – which is the only face-stock that we use – will lower your total cost of ownership compared to uncoated labels. And while that’s a major reason why you should switch to top-coated labels, there are actually many more benefits you get from making the switch.

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There is more to labels than just price

by OMNI SystemsAugust 21, 2013 10:13

If you’re with a company that needs a lot of labels, it can be tempting to order on price alone to save a few bucks. But at OMNI Systems™, we discourage our clients and prospective customers from this approach and instead ask them to take a look at the bigger picture: total cost of ownership.

Why? 

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OMNI Offers Labels at the Lowest Prices

by OMNI SystemsJuly 31, 2013 01:21

 

OMNI Systems™ offers the highest-quality labels at the industry's lowest prices. And while a lot of companies may promise the same, OMNI Systems™ can actually deliver.

How? High volume and low overhead.

High Volume

OMNI Systems™ supplies labels and related items to companies throughout the world. We serve many sizes of companies, including international retail leaders. That means we purchase a lot of raw materials. We have long-standing relationships with suppliers, and we’ve been working with them for more than 20 years.

Due to the volume of materials we purchase - we are the largest consumer of label media in North America - we are able to receive the best possible pricing from our suppliers. It’s a classic case of economy of scale. Our large purchasing power means we get the best rates, and we are 100% committed to passing on these savings to our customers.

It's not uncommon for us to save our customers 10-20% - and sometimes even more than that - over their current costs.

Low Overhead

Throughout the years we've been in business, we have worked diligently to keep our overhead low. At the same time, we keep increasing our volume and customer base. Every year we grow our relationships with new businesses and supply them with high-quality labels. We’ve been in business for almost 25 years, and we’re still growing.

This balance means OMNI can reliably provide quality direct thermal and thermal transfer labels at the lowest possible cost.

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Can your current label supplier offer you all of that? Ready to pay less and get better-quality labels? Leave a comment below or call us at 1-800-252-2533 today to get in touch.