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Varta optimizes labeling & identification processes with Novexx solutions

Use Cases | By Novexx Solutions | 19 March 2017
One of the first NOVEXX Solutions ALX print and apply systems commissioned by Varta has processed nine million orders and 935 km of material. One of the first NOVEXX Solutions ALX print and apply systems commissioned by Varta has processed nine million orders and 935 km of material. Photo: Novexx Solutions

Varta Microbattery uses a wide range of printing and labeling solutions from NOVEXX Solutions to increase productivity and reduce costs

In total, 32 NOVEXX Solutions machines are used for printing, dispensing, and labeling across an area of 13,700 square metres over 15 packaging and production lines to label packages and pallets at the Varta Microbattery site in Ellwangen. The battery manufacturer saves considerable time on set-up and therefore saves costs, reduces labeling errors down to almost zero, and continues to improve on already high levels of quality.

Written by Caroline Fiedler, Marketing Communications Manager, Novexx Solutions

Don‘t stop the production

VARTA required fast, cost-efficient printing and labeling systems for its packaging lines. These lines had to satisfy the demanding quality requirements the company expected of them. Setting up the old machines was too time-consuming and the film labels were not printed efficiently. An operator was responsible for the manual set-up and inputting of data into the individual machines, filling them with material, and also for all monitoring and observation.

“More than 15 minutes during which time production was stopped would go by while the data was correctly put in, the individual screens were called up, and the set-up procedures were completed,“ explained Klaus Schöbel, Lean Manager at Varta Microbattery. Furthermore, the traditional printing and labeling solutions used by Varta did not use the film labels efficiently as the majority of the labeling surface remained unprinted, resulting in wasted material and unnecessary costs.

Minimise the risk of errors

The new systems from NOVEXX Solutions save Varta a lot of time and minimise the risk of errors occurring. In addition, the 64-0x Thermal Label Printers and the ALX 92x Print & Apply Systems allow for intelligent use of label film courtesy of the foil-saving mechanism. “From 6mm of unprinted label area, this mechanism can reduce material consumption by raising the print head, holding the foil and only letting the labeling material run. With this technology we save roughly 10-20mm material per printing run,“ said Manfred Bradler. With NOVEXX Solutions printing and labeling solutions – ALX 92x series, 64-0x printers and TDI – Varta Microbattery is equipped with excellent print and apply solutions.

Challenge:

  • Optimisation of printing and labeling processes at the Ellwangen site.

Results:

  • Printing, dispensing, and labeling solutions tailored to individual requirements - improved data accuracy with integrated solution in company’s SAP system
  • Time savings and fewer errors in the labeling process
  • Saved costs and material due to the automated ribbon save mechanism
Last modified on Sunday, 19 March 2017 12:38