Print Labels from PowerShift
Randy Eding CPIM CIRM CSCP, PowerShift Product Manager, Qantel
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Tags and labels identify items; the essential difference is that labels
are printed on stock with an adhesive backing so they can easily be
affixed to products.
PowerShift’s Document Management System provides the ability to print
custom tags and labels as part of the process of generating standard
documents such as purchase orders and receivers.
Two examples include generating labels at time of stock receipt
(purchased or manufactured items) and creating labels with
product/content information to support shipping to customers.
Labels and tags use data from PowerShift and can be created with
Report Generator, QICLOOK, QICBASIC programs, or external label
Some PowerShift users private label goods for a variety of customers
with each customer having a unique product label format requirement.
When you look at the labels you quickly see that much of the
information is the same and only the label format changes from one
customer to another. A
third-party label application can make quick work creating such
First, you determine which variable data elements are required to
produce any of the labels and provide this information to the label
interface. Feed the label
application as many variables as you want; only those needed for the
printing of each unique label are utilized.
Use the label software to design how the label will look.
By setting up a user field to identify the label design for each
customer, the label application can be fed the variable data elements as
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When you reject an item you can print an MRB tag that includes all of
the pertinent data to fulfill the ISO documentation requirement to
identify parts on the production floor.
The Work Center Operations (WCO) inquiry includes an option to
print a traveler that can accompany the product to the next operation or
to the stock room. The
identification tag can include any data that is pertinent to your
operation; data such as the item number and quantity being moved can be
bar coded for use at subsequent steps.
Based on the product’s routing, you can list the work center that
the material is to be moved to for the next manufacturing operation – or
if you have completed the last operation you can indicate that the items
be moved to the stockroom.
You can also include the primary warehouse and bin location for
stocking the item. Once set
up in WCO, the operator simply selects an operation and presses the
The operator is prompted to enter the quantity being moved and
the document is immediately printed.
Voila! No more
illegible handwritten documents to try and decipher.
Label/tag printers come in a variety of styles and can conveniently be
located anywhere via wireless
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