NiceLabel, developer of label and marking productivity software solutions, recently worked with Arla Foods that needed a standardized label management solution for all of its industrial printers. NiceLabel's next generation technology enabled this large food manufacturer to significantly reduce costs and increase label accuracy and productivity.
A critical part of Arla's brand identity is being able to guarantee freshness and provide their customers with accurate product information. However their unique set-up, as a company consisting of more than 70 dairies around the world, presented a range of challenges in their quest to provide accurately labeled products. The company needed a single solution with a standardized method of integration between each dairy's label and direct marking printers and the Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
Using NiceLabel's label management system, Arla was able to automate printing by implementing a standardized integration with the MES at each dairy. Now, master data flows directly from the MES to the printers, eliminating manual data entry errors, mislabeling and the associated costs. By introducing centralized label management, Arla have a more transparent label management process that helps them ensure accurate product and production data throughout the entire label printing process. The company's centralized IT team now provides 24x7 support to each site, rapidly addressing issues before they result in production downtime. In addition, Arla can remotely monitor all activity and diagnose errors.
"Our customers have come to rely on us for accurate labeling and quality product information. NiceLabel helps us to meet their high expectations and we no longer have to worry about lost revenue associated with mislabeling", said Torben Hattel, Senior Solution Architect at Arla Foods. "We've definitely seen an increase in productivity thanks to the solution. Our labeling systems run more efficiently. We no longer spend time mitigating manual data entry errors and we've been able to streamline support as well."
"The dramatic reduction in direct and indirect costs has more than offset Arla's initial software investment, and the company estimates these cost savings will only increase over time, as the centralized management system will enable them to respond more quickly to changing labeling regulations and increase time-to-market for new products," pointed out Janez Sodja, NiceLabel Enterprise Sales Manager.