Stanley Black & Decker’s East Longmeadow, Massachusetts facility specializes in manufacturing the strongest, fastest and most durable band saw, jigsaw and hacksaw blades on the market.
QuickLabel traveled to their facility to see how they use their Kiaro! K-100 label printers to ensure their labels reflect the quality of their product as well as advance their production line.
Watch our video to see how one of the country’s leading tool brands benefits from printing labels in-house and on-demand.
Kiaro! K-100: The Ideal Hardware Labeling Solution
“From what we were getting when we printed our previous labels to what we’re printing now – I was just blown away.”
– Sean Wylie, Team Leader, Paint/Print/Pack Department
Stanley Black & Decker produces a wide variety of industrial tools, fasteners and security products for well-known brands such as DeWalt, Craftsman, Lenox, and more.
Within their East Longmeadow, MA facility, Stanley Black & Decker creates professional hardware labels using their three Kiaro! K-100 label printers, which include specific text, barcodes, color codes and photo images. These labels are applied directly onto saw blades and other product carton labels sold to businesses such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and ACE Hardware.
For these labels to be accepted and placed in-stores, they are required to meet stringent retail regulations. An easy, in-house labeling solution, QuickLabel allows Stanley Black & Decker to produce not only compliant, but professional hardware labels that stand out on the shelves.
Sean Wylie, Team Leader, Paint/Print/Pack Department, states, “I believe product packaging is very important here. We have blades that are for metal cutting, wood cutting, blades that cut different thicknesses of metal – all of that needs to be represented on our labels. Anything we put our product in, we want it to stand out.”
SAP Software Integration
Stanley Black & Decker uses a global SAP software system to manage data across multiple product lines and business departments.
The Kiaro! K-100 label printers were able to seamlessly integrate with their SAP system through a custom developed manufacturing floor application, allowing product images, branding and other product data to be accurately printed on all their product labels.
This allowed them to easily update labels as needed, in the quantity they needed, without hassle.
Working with the Kiaro! K-100’s as an IT developer for their SAP system, Anatoli Vishnyakov, states, “Now, we don’t have to keep a pre-printed stock of labels, so we print on-demand as many labels as we need at that specific time.”
Wylie adds, “My favorite trait of the Kiaro! is the ease-of-use. It’s pretty simple – when I need it, I can print it.”
The Benefits of Printing Professional Hardware Labels In-House
By integrating QuickLabel Kiaro! K-100 label printers into their business, Stanley Black & Decker saw an increase in time, flexibility, and speed of production, as well as higher durability and quality of their labels.
About Stanley Black & Decker
Stanley Black & Decker is a leading tool brand company, producing a wide variety of industrial tools, fasteners and security products for well-known brands such as DeWalt, Stanley, Craftsman, Lenox, etc. Their East Longmeadow, Massachusetts facility specializes in manufacturing the strongest, fastest and most durable band saw, jigsaw and hacksaw blades on the market. More information about Stanley Black & Decker can be found at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.
All of us at QuickLabel® are happy to officially introduce our latest printer, the QL-111 industrial color label printer.
The QL-111 is different from our core line of Kiaro! printers because it focuses on the industrial and manufacturing industry. That is what it was specifically designed for: manufacturers who want fantastic looking color labels at high speeds with a low cost of ownership.
The QL-111 has been expertly crafted with ideal characteristics for industrial businesses. These label applications include cartons, outer boxes, bins, warehousing, barcodes, color codes, product identification, tracking and receiving.
So, what really sets the QL-111 apart from the others? There are a lot of things. But there are several traits that stand out.
Ultimately Made for Secondary Labeling
Printing in 600dpi, it produces high quality, durable labels, fast. While it isn’t a commercial display label printer, that doesn’t take away from its label quality and requirements.
The QL-111 industrial color label printer is able to clearly identify products stored in manufacturing facilities. Not only does it produce highly legible secondary labels, but it also allows you to print photos of products alongside barcodes in as small as 3 point font.
Print variable color carton labels for footwear, hardware, electrical products, lighting component and industrial products.
Time to Get LEAN
With a QL-111 industrial label printer, allow packaging lines to become LEAN, with limited waste and on-demand label printing for any size product run.
There’s no need to stress or delay over the usual two-step process of pre-printing color labels. The second step of over-printing labels with barcodes and variable data is costly, inflexible and prone to mislabeling errors.
The QL-111 maintains an essential part of LEAN manufacturing by allowing a step to be saved. By printing complete labels on-demand, there is no the need to purchase pre-printed labels and traditional barcode printers.
Starting from blank stock, the QL-111 prints industrial labels direct from digital sources such as enterprise systems, barcode labeling software or graphic design software.
The Champion of Compliance
The QL-111 can also be integrated with a variety of automatic labeling equipment, such as a CDA Application System or Rewinder. This can allow your labeling process to flow at faster speeds and higher accuracy. It also utilizes QuickLabel’s remote pause option for color print-and-apply automation.
The compact size of the QL-111 makes it easy to integrate into any production line or packaging room operation. It even allows for private labeling and compliance labels that meet retail customer specifications.
To get started printing color labels designed for your industrial label, warehouse or supply chain application, contact us today!
If you want to see for yourself, schedule a free on-site demonstration.
Learn more about the innovative and industrial QL-111 by visiting the product page!