Initially tasked to find a solution for this pilot site, we created an intranet-based system using the industry leading BarTender label design software. Our solution interfaces with the customer ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system – they use SAP – and label prints are triggered by a mixture of manual terminals or directly by the factory PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) equipment.
This approach was so successful that it was adopted as the new company standard with subsequent enhancements to make a multi-site, multi-lingual distributed system. By building in replicating data, we also ensured that if factories experienced local server failure or lost Internet connectivity the system would keep working, and continue to provide up-to-the-minute global production and warehouse reporting.
Our client subsequently made a significant acquisition, giving them a completely new product division and we were then tasked with creating a large-scale enhancement to the original system to include a complete end-to-end stock management system and traceability of all materials used in production.
The system now drives 600 printers and has been translated into 10 languages. So far, it has been deployed in over 40 factories in 10 countries across 5 time zones.