Molex improves pan-European networking capabilities with TOSHIBA solution

Molex, worldwide manufacturer and distributor of electronic components and connectors, rolls out TOSHIBA B-852 barcoding solution across Europe.

Molex, the worldwide manufacturer and distributor of electronic components and connectors for the automotive, medical and communications industries has undergone a complete overhaul of its internal and external tracking systems.  Working with Toshiba the manufacturer has  installed Toshiba's B-852 printer to improve the quality and speed of its barcoding solutions.

Molex ships up to 4000 products each day from each of its 50 worldwide plants, ten of which are based in Europe.  Every box and pallet is barcoded to maintain internal tracking and meet shipping requirements.  The existing printers used by the manufacturer were out of date and slow and were simply not producing quality barcodes at the speed required to meet the high output from the manufacturing plants.

Molex realised it needed to replace their existing printers with a cutting edge and reliable solution.  Discussions with their service partner, Printer and Scanning Services, led to two key decisions.   The first was to move to networking with 2D, true type font barcodes and the second,  to use direct thermal transfer which would reduce the cost of consumables and meet the needs of the plants that were printing in excess of 3,000 labels per day.

The manufacturer evaluated three printers, including Toshiba's B-852, the printer recommended by Printing and Scanning Services.  Molex was impressed with the wide-web capabilities and flexibility of the Toshiba B-852 and with the added benefits of the low-cost of ownership and superior performance Molex  took the decision to install the B-852 on a six week trial. 

After just four weeks Molex were so pleased with the B-852's performance and quality of the output that they placed an order for a further  60 units which were installed at Molex plants in Ireland, France, Germany, Slovakia, Italy, Netherlands and Poland.

"Our previous barcode printers had no internal network card, so each site had to be managed locally and it was very difficult to control the whole printing estate.   We now have the option to manage the printers locally or remotely from a central source, essential for the efficient and flexible running of our operation." commented Tony Flynn, European Label Administrator.

The Toshiba B-852's are networked to a main hub, so they can be managed remotely from one central source but with the flexibility to be managed locally if required.  The label administrator can simply log in, check the status of any printer at any given site, send print jobs and troubleshoot.

 "We can now produce in excess of 4000 labels each day at any of our sites, the printers are easy to work with and by using Label View we can add any variable data required for each shipment." added Flynn.

The Label View feature provides the opportunity to produce different label sizes, ranging from 3" to A4, and formats via the same printer.  Labels can contain all of the essential information needed e.g. part number, quantity, barcode, order number, plant address, country of origin, RoHS statement, box number and weight.

"The transition to the Toshiba solution was easy, there were no problems or disruption at any of the plants, and the benefits were immediate - added to that  - the printers are extremely reliable and the quality of the output is exceptional" concludes Flynn.

As a result of the high standards of the Toshiba solution Molex have recommended the Toshiba B-852  to their American counterparts and have purchased another 70 units to expand their pan-European rollout.


TOSHIBA TEC Europe has earned a reputation as a leading manufacturer of retail and industrial information systems through product development that aims to anticipate and uncover potential customer needs, resulting in products that provide real value and benefits to the user.
As a total solution provider, TOSHIBA TEC Europe offers a complete package from consulting and system design to system installation, operation and maintenance of point of sale systems, cash registers, scales, barcode printers, peripherals and software information systems.
TOSHIBA TEC Corporation has a global turnover of 355 billion yen. TOSHIBA TEC's majority shareholder is the TOSHIBA Corporation, which provides TOSHIBA TEC with the support of a worldwide organisation with a strong presence in four continents.

About Molex

Molex, the second largest connector manufacturer in the world, with 50 plants worldwide employ in excess of 14,000 people.  Ten of their manufacturing plants operate across Europe with sites, including Italy, Slovakia, Ireland, Germany, France and Poland. The company started from humble beginnings manufacturing and distributing small connectors for fridges and freezers and quickly progressed to producing over 100,000 products including connectors for the auto-motive, medical and communications industries, and now produce cable harnesses, fibre optic cable assemblies, connectors and adapters.


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