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When it comes to your barcode labeling software solution, implementing lean labeling and continuous improvement principles to your labeling environment reduces waste in label printing and saves you money.
Lean Labeling can be defined as, “A method to minimize waste within a label printing system without sacrificing productivity.”
If your current labeling environment looks like a scattered mess, you’re not alone. 100% of respondents from a TEKLYNX poll said their labeling environment was not completely lean; while 43% of respondents said they needed to make significant improvements in order to have a lean labeling environment.
Move from this...
to a Lean Labeling Environment
Within this blog post, we'll show you five basic steps to apply lean labeling and continuous improvement principles to your labeling environment to eliminate label printing waste.
Waste takes on many forms in label printing, such as misprinted label stock or workforce waste when staff must manage thousands of label files. Waste typically comes from three areas in a business' label printing environment:
Once waste in the label printing process has been identified, it’s time to take a closer look as to why it’s occurring. You’ll want to ask yourself these 7 questions:
Solving the root cause of labeling printing waste doesn't have to be difficult.
If the waste was due to maintenance, consider:
If the waste was due to process, consider:
If the waste was due to inaccurate labels, consider:
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are excellent tools to show the results of a lean labeling initiative. KPIs provide concrete numbers that you can use to determine if your project was successful or not. Simply calculate these KPIs and share them with your boss to prove the value and ROI of your project. Below are some example KPI targets:
* KPIs and target values developed by Dave Klement, Principal at Efficient Business Integrators. www.efficientbi.com
Move on to the next source of label printing waste and repeat the lean labeling process.
Are you ready to have a lean labeling environment?
Travis Wayne is the Product Manager at TEKLYNX. Travis applies his 20+ years of IT and health sciences experience to empower businesses to streamline operations and barcode better by applying software and technology. He works to continually improve TEKLYNX' strategic planning, product and project management principles, and cross-functional communications. When not working, he enjoys many outdoor activities with his wife and two children.
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