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.
QuickLabel & TrojanLabel: The Complete Packaging and Labeling Solution
Since introducing the first color label printer in 1994, our goal has been to provide industry best on-demand label printers as a complete packaging and labeling solution.
From the Sundance in 1994, a four color thermal color digital transfer printer to the original Kiaro! in 2010 to the new QL-240 in 2017, we have always striven to provide innovative, high-quality printing technologies that make the lives of customers easier.
Continuing to push the progressive envelope, QuickLabel’s parent company, AstroNova®, recently acquired a new division that specializes in larger, more versatile printing systems.
In February 2017, our business unit expanded to include TrojanLabel™, a growing force in the digital label press, overprinting and specialty printers industry.
Who is TrojanLabel?
Beginning in Denmark in 2012, TrojanLabel has globally revolutionized color printing technology with the production of their digital color label presses and specialty printer systems for a broad range of end markets.
A fantastic complement to our tabletop label printers, TrojanLabel products include the T3-OP (Trojan3), a digital professional packaging and converting overprinting system and the T2 (Trojan2), a sophisticated digital label mini press.
To learn more about TrojanLabel, feel free to visit the TrojanLabel website.
What Does This Acquisition Mean for QuickLabel?
To put it simply, the Product Identification unit of AstroNova will include QuickLabel and TrojanLabel. This means, in addition to specializing in tabletop labeling systems, AstroNova Product Identification will also support TrojanLabel’s specialty overprinting and digital press systems.
While QuickLabel and TrojanLabel remain separate divisions, both will fall under the same business unit of the AstroNova parent company.
How Does This Benefit You?
Ultimately, the acquisition of TrojanLabel amplifies the strength and capabilities of both brands, known leaders in their industry.
Gregory A. Woods, AstroNova’s President and Chief Executive Officer, shares, “QuickLabel and TrojanLabel provide customers with a broad portfolio of products spanning tabletop printers and light-production label printers as well as advanced specialty printing systems.”
As a whole, we are now able to provide products, services and supplies that improve the consumers’ ability to track and market their products in small to large scale businesses, spanning all industries.
With additional options to match your specific needs, we can now deliver a wider range of application specific packaging and labeling solutions — furthering our goal to provide the complete packaging and labeling solution.
Where Can You See the New TrojanLabel Products?
Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this will be an exclusive event for all PACK EXPO attendees.
While we expect to host many trade shows together down the line, this is your chance to get ahead of your competition.
We are pleased to officially be able to provide the best solutions from tabletop label printers to specialty and digital printing presses for consumers worldwide.
We’re looking forward to seeing all those who plan on attending #PACKEXPO2017 for our exclusive first show together!
If you’ve invested in a QuickLabel printer, you already know the height of benefits you and your company are reaping. But did you hear about the QuickLabel referral benefits?
From printing in 600-1600dpi, producing customizable labels at up to 8 inches per second (ips), and photographic quality and clear-cut text; QuickLabel printers have the ability to save your business time and money as well as catch the customers’ eye.
So, do you know someone else who would be interested in having a QuickLabel printer? (Bonus: It will benefit you, too!)
Does a free set of inks get your gears turning?
They don’t have to be from your line of work. With QuickLabel printer’s variety of options, such as the Kiaro! 50, Kiaro!, Kiaro! D and the QL-111, they can be found throughout a wide variety of labeling industries.
Here are five examples of businesses included within our industry range and what they had to say about their QuickLabel printer:
1. Food Labels – Jody’s Popcorn
Jody’s Popcorn of Virginia Beach was in need of a reliable printer that could take on their growth, as well as their quick in-store demands. Looking for a short-run labeling solution, Jody’s found QuickLabel and the Kiaro! label printer. In a short period of time, the Kiaro! allowed Jody’s to flourish with its on-demand, colorful and high quality labels.
Michael Katz, Vice President, states, “The Kiaro! printer has saved Jody’s time and production. The amount of time it takes for us to produce a custom job has decreased greatly. We can literally have somebody walk into the printing area and say ‘I need this’ and turn it around in 10-15 minutes.”
2. Beverage Labels – Doc’s Tea
Doc’s Tea knew they required exceptional labels for their bottles of low calorie tea, and printing labels on demand and in-house was an ideal solution for them. When they discovered the stunning performance of the Kiaro! label printer they were amazed. They have been printing beautiful tea labels with QuickLabel ever since.
Dr. Christopher Banks, CCO of Doc’s Tea, says the Kiaro! has been great for their business because, “We don’t have to spend so much money going out to the big labeling companies – we can print them out as we need them and save some time and also save some money.”
3. E-Liquid Labels – Boosted Vapor
Boosted Vapor, e-liquid maker and vape shop retailer based in Clinton, Michigan, uses the Kiaro! to label its wide variety of vape juices. Boosted Vapor also offers custom labeling of its e-juices to wholesale and private label customers, and prints all labels with their QuickLabel printer.
Jeff Kohr, CEO, says “I believe in our Kiaro! printer. I’ve had a lot of other printers, I’ve never had anything like the Kiaro!. It has improved the quality of our product from a labeling standpoint, it’s improved our productivity, and it’s improved our inventory control. It’s been a top quality unit.”
4. Medical Device Labels – Key Surgical
With in-house UDI label printing, Key Surgical found fast, easy, and affordable compliance for labeling all of their different medical devices. With the ever-changing FDA labeling requirements, Key Surgical needed to stay on top of what was to be included on their labels. In addition to QuickLabel printers’ ability to generate small, clear-cut text and barcodes, the in-house complete label customization was the perfect fit for their business.
Key Surgical Director of Operations, Lena Cordie, says that with the Kiaro! label printer, “We save money on labeling stock and on supplies. We’re able to purchase smaller quantities more frequently rather than storing them on site with the possibility of damage and waste. The Kiaro! has been a huge asset to our production productivity and efficiency.”
5. Hardware Labels – Quick Fitting
Quick Fitting, the leading manufacturer of “push connect” plumbing fittings and valves sold at Lowe’s, Tractor Supply, Ace Hardware found that frequently changing labels produced a wasteful excess of inventory.. Quick Fitting was able to cut its costs by 40% when they began printing their own retail plumbing labels with the Kiaro!.
“It allows us a flexibility we didn’t have in the past. If we ran out of labels– if we were even short by 30 labels – it cost us a shipment. With the Kiaro! we just simply walk over to the unit and print out some more,” said David Crompton, CEO of Quick Fitting.
To view the full list of applications our QuickLabel printers have been used for, click here.
So do you know anyone who would like to enhance their own business and branding, as well as save time and money with a QuickLabel printer?
Participating in the QuickLabel referral benefits program will not only be beneficial to them.
If you successfully refer a friend, you will be sent a free set of inks. That’s about a $1,000 value towards your business!
So what are you waiting for? Refer a friend today!
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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!