Use Formulas to Prevent Faulty Labels from Printing. Reducing Errors Series #4 – Efficient Labeling Idea

Labeling Idea Summary Is your label design smart enough to know that a user entered Best Before Date needs to be at least 3 months or more after the Manufacture Date? Depending on what software application you use, you may be able to train it!  Some industrial labeling applications have the ability to build logical…

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3 Approaches to Printing from ERP Systems – Efficient Label Concept

Labeling Concept Summary Enterprise Resource Planning software companies (such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, Epicor, IQMS etc.) provide their clients with great tool to manage and grow their organizations.  Centralizing data and then providing information, in real time, across the enterprise enables the company to act faster and smarter.  It is natural, then, to extend…

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Reduce Human Error with Effective Label Design – Efficient Labeling Concept

Labeling Concept Summary “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” – Alexander Pope We are all human and therefore prone to mistakes.  Let’s forgive those who make mistakes BUT let’s also make sure we do what we can to prevent the mistakes from happening in the first place.  Fortunately, most labeling software application are packed…

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Clear Input Fields and Force Users to Enter New Data. Reducing Errors Series Article #3 – Efficient Labeling Idea

Idea Summary “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers We have all done it. In a hurry, we rush through our work and forget to double check, update the correct information, or notice that something is wrong…

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Why ERP Systems (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics, etc.) Are Not Good at Making Labels – Efficient Labeling Concept

Labeling Concept Summary When printing labels from an ERP system, use industrial labeling software from one of the major brands. Managing Data vs. Designs Enterprise Resource Planning software (i.e. ERP) are great tools for managing data. They can provide one software platform to simplify and consolidate the software and data throughout the organization. Using your…

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Preventing Invalid Dates in Your Labels. Reducing Errors Series Article #2 – Efficient Labeling Idea

Labeling Idea Summary Ever see an expiration date of November 31st on a label?  How about February 30th?  April 31st? June 31st? Invalid dates can enter your label by either human entry or an erroneous mathematical calculation caused by a simple formula.  Although both types of error are possible, steps can be taken to reduce…

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Stop Typos in Your Labeling with Input Masks! Reducing Errors Series Article #1 – Efficient Labeling Idea

Idea Summary One of the most common errors in label creation is mistyping (i.e. a ‘typo’).  Doing this with critical label information into your software at print time can cause BIG problems. Most brands of labeling software can help prevent user typos by using a process call masking. This article explains how input masking works…

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Get More Value from Your Print Applicator – Print Two Labels Instead of Just One – Efficient Labeling Idea

Summary The leading brands of print applicators have a module that will allow you to take the same base unit and apply two labels instead of one to the same case or pallet. This article explains how it works and what hardware and software changes are required. How It Works Conceptually, it is simple. In…

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