AUTOMATING A PERSONALIZED CANVAS SHIPPING APPLICATION
Build A Sign sells customized canvas prints, signs, banners, decals and other personalized products. They also provide trade show products for commercial customers. They approached StreamTech to improve labor efficiency and throughput for their canvas print lines specifically.
Their canvas products are all run through a heat shrink system, and the invoice is placed inside the box manually, underneath the plastic wrapping prior to heat shrinking. The box is thin, and there is no LPN (License Plate Number) with their current procedure, making automation difficult because there is no way to identify or verify order accuracy.
IDENTIFYING A CUSTOM SOLUTION
The StreamTech solution was going to involve (2) Sprinter systems to accommodate their order volumes, and the initial design was going to include dedicated LPN application systems. However, after discussion with our engineering and design team, we were able to make use of the existing Order ID that was placed inside the box. Through a combination of specialized software, sensing hardware and careful guidance of the open boxes, we were able to identify the order, and use it to place the shipping label. Once the package is identified, the shipping label can be applied to the top of the box, carefully supported by our conveyor guide rail.
The result of this custom design is that Build A Sign saved upwards of $60,000 on project costs by eliminating two dedicated LPN application areas, the printers, and their conveyor. It saves space in their warehouse, and streamlines the operation with fewer steps. The result means a faster ROI, and re-allocation of dedicated labor.
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OTHER OPEN BOX APPLICATIONS:
This type of open-box identification and labeling application may be well suited for other clients where boxes are thin and won’t accommodate a LPN, or where the customer does not want to cover the product branding.
StreamTech understands that every fulfillment process may have unique challenges, and provides custom solutions for both order identification and shipping label application, to accommodate a wide variety of packing processes. To discuss your unique print and apply shipping application, get in touch with a StreamTech team member.