The ceramics industry requires significant logistic management capabilities due to the large number of models and types it manages. For efficient logistics, the use of barcodes is indispensable.
Coding and marking is present throughout the process, including on the product itself, the final dispatch unit (the pallet), and the cardboard boxes commonly used in this industry.
Cardboard boxes for ceramic products contain information about the product and its classification that is especially important. For example, there are products with the same model but with different finish categories (Class I, Class II, and Class III). During the production process and prior to palletization, it is important to classify products through the automatic processing of barcodes previously printed in real time on the box. For coding and marking boxes, UBS recommends the use of APLINK Series High-Resolution Inkjet Printers with mineral-free oil-based ink, which allows the corrugated cardboard to be fully recyclable and is environmentally friendly.
Once palletized, strapped, and wrapped using a stretch hood (the best method for automatically wrapping palletized loads with pre-stretch plastic that perfectly adapts to the volume of the load, ensuring the product is totally stable and providing maximum outdoor protection), the pallet is labeled following the GS1 pallet labeling recommendations, with 210x148 mm labels on adjacent sides, thereby facilitating subsequent barcode reading during later storage and distribution logistics processes. This is why UBS APL Series equipment systems allow wrapped pallets to be labeled on 1, 2, or 3 sides, regardless of the type of pallet used: Euro-pallets, universal pallets, half-pallets, and adjustable-height pallets.
LabMan , UBS's data management system software, makes it possible to perform unified management of inkjet printing systems, identify boxes and their classifications from a reading station, and manage printing queues and pallet labeling while also integrating and centralizing this data with the local or remote ERP. This approach makes it possible to prepare and generate the labels for each logistic unit, with all the information it must include for proper storage, transport, and distribution. See more