WHAT WE DELIVERED
By exploring the three critical elements of the traceability tag we were able to deliver savings and improvements in each:
Size: The existing tag needed to accommodate a large barcode and be flexible enough to fit around container handles of various thicknesses. Despite the detailed specification, we still felt savings could be made. By reducing the width of the tag we were able to cut the overall tag size by 25%. This directly equated to a 25% saving in raw material cost.
Application: Discovering that trace tags would need to withstand high temperature during the cooking process guided our choice of heat resistant tag material.
Material: We selected a thermal transfer tag material that was fully metal detectable, as well as being ovenable.
As significant changes to the traceability tag and the over-printing mechanism were being proposed, it was important to trial the tag rigorously before making the switch.
Once the technical specification of the tag was approved by both sites, we were able to offer further savings by agreeing to a manufacturing schedule. That allows us to manufacture, and store, larger volumes of tags; with stock being ready for the customer to call off as needed.