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Aug 01, 2001 9:30 PM  By

Fit to Print

Want to send your shipments with a sharp-looking label? Sauven Marking Ltd. has recently developed a compact multi-purpose printer named the Codajet 6000. Distributed by Griffin-Rutgers Co., this versatile printer features ultra-high resolution and online printing of any characters, bar codes, or graphics on corrugated cases and other packaging materials.

The Codajet 6000 also features a fully integrated system including a print head, control panel, triggering sensor, and ink cartridge in a single unit. The printer can display single or continuous repeating messages that can be printed at up to 100 meters per minute and prints bar codes at 30 meters per minute. The standard software offers three character heights; up to four print lines; bar codes and a choice of logos; various fonts; an incremental date, time, shift, and count; pictorial function keys; 50 stored messages; several languages; a non-hazardous ink cartridge; and auto voltage select. Additional options for the Codajet 6000 include a remote print head and a variable speed encoder. For more information, visit www.griffin-rutgers.com.

If you have a lot of labels to print, but not a lot of time to do it, Avery Dennison VIP Converted Products has recently introduced a new high-speed labeling system. Dubbed the ALS 380, it accurately applies pre-printed, bar-coded labels to boxes, cartons, and other items on high-speed production lines. The ALS 380 can dispense 1,000 labels per minute with a high accuracy and throughput rate, enabling it to meet tight compliance labeling requirements.

The ALS 380 bar code label applicator also features a built-in memory that enables it to store multiple product/label settings. The ALS 380 is driven by an integral electronic circuit, and has an on-board Automatic Product Speed Follower (APSF), which ensures correct label placement. In fact, placement is accurate to a level of plus or minus 0.02 inches.

The ALS 380 can operate on production lines moving up to 330 ft. per minute, and can apply pre-printed bar-coded labels ranging in length from 0.4 to 20 inches and up to 6.4 inches wide. The system also compensates for any gaps on the label roll by automatically advancing to the next label.

Users can set up the ALS 380 as an independent unit or connect it to a computer network or PC via an optional RS 232 interface. This option enables users to store product and label settings remotely and download them to the ALS 380 when needed. For more information, visit www.averydennison.com/vip.

The Cyclone bar code label printer, a low-cost, heavy-duty machine from Primera Technology, prints any combination of text, graphics, photos, and bar codes onto either direct thermal or thermal transfer label and tags. It can handle media up to four inches wide by 25 inches long, and print speed can be adjusted from one inch to four inches per second.

Also featured on the Cyclone are an 18-gauge steel cabinet and a high-impact plastic front panel that enables the printer to be used in a wide range of industrial environments. Its straightforward design fits right into a variety of office and retail settings. All driver software is included with the printer. Microsoft Windows PrimaBar label design comes with the software package.

For more information, visit www.primeratechnology.com.

A Little Light Music

Imagine talking to a computer that can hear you say what you want, acknowledge your decision to purchase, and take down payment information nearly as well as a live person — without putting you on hold. The pleasant voice at the other end even hums to you if you ask it to wait while you think about it.

This new voice commerce portal technology has been developed by NetByTel to help retailers meet the needs of customers who have not quite warmed up to the idea of Web commerce, but who have both telephones and a desire to order products at any time without the hassles of waiting for traditional customer service. NetByTel’s voice recognition technology allows retailers to automate product ordering and information about merchandise pricing, availability, and order status, all on a real-time basis. Office Depot recently picked up an e-commerce innovation award for its success in implementing NetByTel’s telephony technology to expand sales channels beyond traditional online and catalog ordering.

The technology’s appeal lies in its potential to save costs and provide improved customer service. For more information, visit www.netbytel.com.

Cart It Along

Pallet carts from Frazier Industrial Company of Long Valley, NJ, provide safer, quicker, and simpler picking conditions for warehouse workers. The carts can help save much of the time that would otherwise be required to follow the official OHSA recommendation for how to pick cartons at the rear of a pallet. OHSA’s preferred method involves using a fork truck to turn pallets around when they are 50% full. This maneuver changes the position of the remaining cartons so that they are at the aisle face, easy to reach and move.

The Glide ‘N Pick pallet cart frees workers from the need to climb into the rack system. The wheeled cart pulls product forward on tracks, relieving workers of the task of having to climb into the rack system to retrieve cartons from the rear of a pallet. The cart is available in either a drop-in design that allows it to be retrofitted to all types of shelves and racks with structural, roll-formed, or step beams, or a bolt-in design for shelf beams that have pre-punched pallet support holes. A back wall keeps cases from falling behind the rack, and sealed bearings with aircraft lubricant keep the pallet cart working efficiently even in freezers or high temperatures.

Frazier pallet carts have a maximum capacity of 3,000 lbs. and hold standard 48-inch-deep pallets with a width of 40 to 42 inches. For more information, call Domenick Iellimo at (908) 876-3001.

Here and There

If you need to ship large volumes of parcels, domestic or international, through multiple carriers, check out DI Server 2.0, which provides carton-level detail throughout operations, from order entry to customer service. DI Server 2.0 is the latest shipping automation system from ShipNow, which has offices in Chicago and Palo Alto, CA.

DI Server can accommodate shipment management rules at individual locations around the world while still providing centralized corporate control of shipments. The program offers one interface to legacy systems.

For carrier rates, label printing, and paper and electronic manifests, DI Server 2.0 uses ShipNow’s Carrier Development Engine. Advanced software architecture, shipping process blueprints, and use of XML allow efficient data exchange with external systems. For more information, call Nick Farina at (312) 587-2881 or visit www.shipnow.com.

Artificial Intelligence

If you store and distribute the right kind of product, you may be able to use one of two new picking systems that feature robots. These tireless machines work without stopping, and in addition they generate their own activity reports.

Swisslog North America’s MultiPick system features robots that are deployed to build mixed-article stacks in the quantities that customers order and in proper routing sequences. MultiPick is designed for more efficient picking of returnable containers such as plastic bins, totes, and cases in full-case quantities.

RoboPick systems are ideal for distribution based on continuous, single-case picking of non-returnable articles such as cardboard boxes, group packs, and trays. Robots can pick per order or per batch. Both systems use an overhead gantry structure that frees the floor and allows the appropriate number of crates, packages, or pallets to be buffered for picking.

For more information, call (800) 764-0300 or visit www.swisslog.com.