IMCORP Solution Helps Leading Poultry Provider to Meet the Labeling Requirements of a Major Supply Contract While Minimizing Both Cost and Waste

IMCORP was contacted by label printer manufacturer, Datamax O’Neil to try to assist Pak-Clip, a manufacturer of specialty packaging machinery with a project for one of their poultry producer clients.

Their client had won a major contract to provide whole chickens to an Arab speaking country. Pak-Clip’s machinery was to be used to seal the bags into which the processed chickens were inserted. The seal applied to the neck of the bag had to be imprinted with the processing date and the expiration date, both in English and Arabic. The bulk of the tags required monthly were to be pre-printed, but because of potential variations in order quantities from month to month, and the cost of the tags, (they needed to withstand the rigors of refrigerator and freezer temperatures), and the lead time associated with off-site printing, the producer wanted to be able to order the minimum expected number in advance, but be in a position to print any additional tags that exceeded expected demand on-site. If successful, the producer would not only be able to respond immediately to variations in demand, but do so at minimal cost, and with minimal waste.

This project presented a number of interesting challenges from both a technical and procedural perspective. To name a few:

The tags themselves were narrower than the advertised minimum width of virtually all existing demand label/tag printers. Moreover, they were not designed to be processed through these printers and hence lacked the normal top of form indicators these printers required to insure consistent image placement over a long print run. Re-designing or modifying the tags was not an option, as their design was intended for Pak-Clip’s equipment.

The tags were supplied on rolls too big to fit in the largest thermal transfer printers, and needed to be rewound onto the same size rolls after being printed.

The tag format had to be designed in such a way as to allow for the change in the English/Arabic text that was to occur monthly. Once created, the format needed to be loaded into the production printers in such a way that the individual batches could be initiated by the operator from the printer front panel with no connection to a computer.

Working closely with all the stakeholders involved, these challenges were overcome. The system was tested in IMCORP’s offices. Documentation and training materials were prepared and IMCORP flew to the processing plant to train the end user’s personnel. The success of the IMCORP solution led it to be replicated in other plants, and ultimately to its adoption in other producer organizations.