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Labels that Perform. Prices that Wow.

by OMNI SystemsFebruary 2, 2018 11:25

What can you expect from Omni Systems? The same things that leading brands expect.

  • Expect the best prices: we're one of the largest consumers of raw label stock in the world. This kind of purchasing power guarantees the industry’s lowest prices and longest fixed pricing. We've helped customers see 15-40% savings over current costs.
  • Expect the best quality: we average 99.9% on-time delivery and 99.9% defect-free quality. The latest, most advanced presses deliver top-coated direct thermal and thermal transfer labels with more resistance to environmental contaminants, durability, and reduced wear on printheads.
  • Expect the best service. All designed to get you the answers you need and the savings you deserve.
  • Expect OMNI to be here tomorrow: we’re not just one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies. We're also graded 12AA by Dun & Bradstreet and a Top Workplace for Worker Satisfaction. Growth and innovation that means dependable, responsive service and greater cost efficiency. 

To see how else we can help you save money on your label spend, watch the video below:

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.

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Magazine Reports Why The Country's Biggest Meat Packer Buys Its Thermal Labels from OMNI Systems Since 2000.

by OMNI SystemsApril 1, 2016 08:00

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Large food processors that consume millions of thermal labels each month are turning to specialty converters that can deliver unique consignment and inventory management.

Although most food processors view labels as a commodity item, for large operations that consume millions of thermal labels per month, it is a prime operating expense.

With so much at stake, processors find themselves in a constant quest to find reliable label providers capable of delivering a quality product, consistently, and at the lowest possible price. For many, this means partnering with specialty converters thatcan pass on savings due to bulk purchasing power of thermal media direct from its source, in addition to unique consignment and inventory management options. 

Although this can be a tall order, sourcing a thermal label supplier that can deliver all of the above is said to be able to reduce annual labeling budgets by as much as 40%.

“You can run through a couple million thermal labels faster than you think,” says Russell Gayer, manager of printing services for a major U.S. meat processor. 

According to Gayer, Fortune 500 food processors can utilize hundreds of millions of labels per month.  Even comparably smaller operations of $200 million or more in annual revenue can have label budgets that exceed $250,000 a year. 

For meat and poultry, specifically, the information that appears on the label varies depending on whether or not it is a processed or prepared meat or poultry product, an unprocessed meat cut or a poultry product, and upon the type of package or container in which the product is packed and shipped.

However, most packages require multiple labels, including scale labels that list the price per pound, net weight, total price, when the item was packed, the sell-by date, safe handling instructions and often a bar code. Labels are also used to provide nutritional information or to promote a product as “great for the grill” or “keep frozen.”

Labels are also widely used on shipping or institutional containers to impart information mandated by regulators such as product type, handling statement, legend, establishment number, net weight, ingredients statement, signature line, nutrition facts and safe handling instructions.

Far from “blanks,” these labels often come pre-printed from the converter with store name, logos or other branding, as well as fixed information and defined spaces or boxes where variable data will be printed later by the processor. 

According to Gayer, the process of identifying a thermal label converter begins with an RFP to multiple suppliers, followed by careful vetting of each to determine the company’s stability and long-term viability. 

“Obviously price is the ticket to the dance,” says Gayer. “However, we follow up with a lot of questions, so we can learn about the company we are partnering with to determine if itcan deliver the goods consistently.”

For example, in 2000, Gayer contacted OMNI Systems Inc., Richmond Heights, Ohio, for a quote on scale labels in quantities that were in excess of 30 million per month. OMNI Systems, a privately owned label convertor, specializes in pre-printed and blank direct thermal and thermal transfer labels.

To start, he found the initial quote hard to believe. 

“When I got the pricing, I thought surely there was a mistake,” Gayer says. 

When he contacted the company to confirm the price, OMNI Systems explained that it had the purchasing power to procure quality raw materials at extremely low rates. In addition, it operates in a lean, modern, 24/7 operating environment, which results in the savings being passed on to the customer.

Price, though, is only one piece of the equation. Selecting an unreliable label company can lead to range of problems, including inconsistent or late deliveries, as well as raw material, adhesion or other print-related issues. 

“Any company can offer product at a good price, but in my opinion you measure a company by how they respond when something goes wrong,” says Gayer. “My experience with OMNI Systems is that in the past 15 years things, do not go wrong very often.” 

However, there was a time when the printing on the scale labels was not properly centered. OMNI Systems “stepped up to the plate and corrected it” immediately by shipping replacements even though it meant taking a $30,000 loss. 

When dealing with millions of thermal labels in rolls of varying diameters, another major concern for processors is inventory management. 

Once the supplier is approved at the corporate level, individual or regional processing plants can access the information and order using the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. 

However, leaving the task of inventory management to in-house staff can result in human error that can leave the processor high and dry.

For this reason, large thermal label converters often offer several vendor-managed inventory options to ensure that label stock is maintained to inventory minimums and replenished quickly from regional distribution centers. This type of program requires the label converter to maintain its own sizable inventory at specific minimums agreed upon with the customer.

“From a corporate point of view, we realize that with the volume of tens of millions of scale labels there has to be significant inventory at the supplier as well,” says Gayer. “So, we worked with them to identify an appropriate minimum/maximum inventory for them to keep based on past order history and projections.”   

For higher volumes, OMNI Systems offers a consignment option that allows the processor to store thermal transfer or direct thermal labels at their facility at established minimums, so stock is available at all times. The processor is not asked to pay for inventory until it has been pulled and reported. 

If required, OMNI Systems can also take control of the inventory process for the end user by tasking personnel to go to the processor’s site to complete inventory counts and ensure label supplies are maintained.

There are many advantages to this type of arrangement, including guaranteed product availability, less cash invested in labels sitting on a shelf and a cost savings by eliminating the need for overnight or expedited fees.

“There are companies that find [the consignment approach] to be very useful,” says Gayer. “Obviously, the advantage is you don’t have to pay for the labels until the point of usage, so I can see the financial advantages to doing business that way.”

TOP US MANUFACTURER RENEWS WITH OMNI SYSTEMS AS ITS THERMAL LABEL SUPPLIER

by OMNI SystemsMarch 1, 2016 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels, announced that it was recently awarded a renewal contract to supply the thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top US Manufacturers. The client manufactures and distributes home accent products and furniture throughout the world through distributors as well as retail stores. The client is a member of the Forbes 200 and has more than four billion dollars in annual revenues and over 20,000 employees worldwide in over 600 manufacturing, distribution and retail facilities.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Thermal labels arena to ensure smooth operations at all of its manufacturing plants and Distribution Operations.  The arrangement calls for OMNI Systems to manage and supply thermal labels & thermal ribbons to each of the clients' facilities. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said, "We welcome another fellow American Manufacturer to our growing list of long-term clients that have renewed its agreement with us and look forward to serving them. Not only did we hold our pricing firm for the first multi-year term, we also guaranteed fixed pricing for the next term so that they have complete spend visibility into the foreseeable future. Some companies pride themselves on industry awards, at OMNI we pride ourselves on the renewals as they are the true testament of our employees' commitment to the delivering the HIGHEST QUALITY at the lowest prices."

OMNI Systems is leveraging its position as the market leader for Thermal labels in Food Logistics industries to expand further into the US Manufacturing and Distribution Industries. This will further facilitate OMNI's continued march to record growth & revenues.

Contact us today to see how OMNI can help improve your Operations while significantly cutting your label spend.

OMNI SYSTEMS, INC. ANNOUNCES RENEWAL CONTRACT WITH A FORTUNE 500 MANUFACTURER.

by OMNI SystemsFebruary 1, 2016 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of thermal labels, announced today that it has been awarded a long-term renewal contract to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top Manufacturing, Distribution & Retail Company in the world.

The Client is a Fortune 500 company with over $10 Billion in Revenues and more than a 4000 facilities worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Thermal labels market to ensure smooth operations at each of its manufacturing, distribution as well as retail facilities to facilitate product delivery around the world. 

Dave Irwin, Vice President of Sales for OMNI Systems said, “OMNI believes in building long-term relationships with all of its partners; this renewal is testament to the successful solutions we've implemented to help our clients centralize their diverse label spend across all Divisions and locations to get better control over the labeling commodity."

OMNI services some of the world's Top Manufacturing and Logistics companies and this contract will further solidify its position as the market leader for Thermal labels and will facilitate its continued march to record growth and revenues.

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

OMNI Systems Announces Record Revenues for 2015

by OMNI SystemsJanuary 1, 2016 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of thermal labels in North America, is pleased to announce that it has finished its fiscal year 2015 with record revenues. OMNI's sales have grown double digits in each of the 4 Quarters as compared to the preceding year.
 
"As 2015 comes to a close, we are ecstatic that all the hard work over the past year is demonstrated in our results," said David Irwin, OMNI's Vice President of Sales. "Not only has 2015 been the best sales year in our company's history, but our percentage growth year over year is also the highest. We saw increased market demand for our thermal labels and our proven ability to deliver customized labeling programs for all industries will continue our march in 2016 and beyond," continued Mr. Irwin.
 
OMNI Systems is spreading its dominance in supplying thermal labels to the Food Logistics industry to the Distribution, Retail and Manufacturing industries all the while setting 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 15-35% annually for your labeling requirements.
 
 

OMNI SYSTEMS, INC, ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM RENEWAL CONTRACT WITH TOP GLOBAL MANUFACTURER

by OMNI SystemsDecember 1, 2015 08:00

 

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading thermal label manufacturer, announced today that it was awarded a long-term renewal contract worth multi-million dollars to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top Global Manufacturer in the world.

The Client is a publicly traded company with over $8 Billion in Revenues and more than a 200 manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Thermal labels market to ensure smooth operation at each of its manufacturing & distribution facilities to facilitate product delivery around the world.

Dave Irwin, VP of Sales for OMNI Systems said, “OMNI Systems believes in building long-term relationships with all of its partners. This renewal is testament to the successful solutions we've implemented to help our clients centralize their diverse label spend across all Divisions and locations to get better control over the labeling commodity."

OMNI services some of the world's Top Manufacturing and Logistics companies and this contract will further strengthen its position as the market leader for Thermal labels and will facilitate its continued march to record growth and revenues.

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

OMNI Systems Kicks Off Its 25th Year Anniversary Celebration With Manufacturing Expansion

by OMNI SystemsApril 1, 2015 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading manufacturer of thermal labels in North America, announced today that it has started manufacturing at a second location in Cleveland to keep up with rising demand. 

The expansion, including new, state-of-the-art printing capabilities with automatic butt-splicers, in-line slitting and packaging, will allow customers to take advantage of a full-service facility producing, printing and packaging labels in a second location in addition to the primary manufacturing site in Richmond Heights OH. Customers can take advantage of OMNI's expertise in pressure sensitive labels, while simplifying and reducing risk in the supply chain. This addition is set to further increase OMNI's capacity by an additional 20%. 

"OMNI Systems recognizes the need for redundancy in the supply chain," said Adam DeFrancesco, OMNI's Founder and CEO. "While we're adding more presses to our operations to facilitate record growth, it made all the more sense to add another manufacturing location. This addition to our already robust business continuity plan offers our customers additional peace of mind in case of exigent circumstances, and allows OMNI to effectively manage its growth -- it's a WIN-WIN scenario all around  and it closely aligns with our growth strategy as the country's leading thermal label supplier."

OMNI Systems has seen record revenues and significant growth over the years, and has been making significant continual investments in automation while maintaining a debt free operating environment.

Contact OMNI Systems today to see how we can enhance your purchasing experience while significantly lowering your label spend.

OMNI Systems Announces New Contract With A Top US Manufacturer

by OMNI SystemsFebruary 1, 2015 08:00

OMNI Systems, Inc., the leading provider of thermal labels, announced that it was recently awarded a new contract to supply all the thermal labeling requirements by one of the Top US Toy Manufacturers. The client manufactures and distributes some of the best loved Toy Brands throughout the world through distributors as well as major retail stores.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Client will draw on OMNI's significant expertise in the Thermal labels arena to ensure smooth operations at all of its manufacturing plants and Distribution Operations. David Irwin, VP of Sales & Marketing said ,"It's nice to ring in the New Years with another addition in the Manufacturing industry, where OMNI's thermal labels play a key role in getting the products to its intended destinations every time. For this application, you've to ensure you're using a top quality product because the label needs to last a long time on the warehouse shelves. OMNI's coated thermal labels ensure that the barcode labels are protected till the end."

OMNI Systems' is leveraging its position as the market leader for Thermal labels in Food Logistics industries to expand further into the US Manufacturing and Distribution Industries. This will further facilitate OMNI's continued march to record growth & revenues.

Contact us today to see how OMNI can help improve your Operations while significantly cutting your label spend.