|Koegel Meats Case Study|
Meats—Labeled for Success
Customer: For more than 90 years, Koegel Meats, Inc. has specialized in providing only the best to their customers in the form of unique hardwood-smoked hot dogs, sausages and lunch meats. And it was the same dedication to customer service that led them to look for a new solution that would offer a more streamlined approach to their plant's labeling and product tracking operations.
With all products being produced and distributed in their 100,000 square foot Flint, Michigan facility, the company was operating an antiquated manual labeling system that required roll label dispensers equipped with roll-style date imprinters. They also had to stock a separate label for each product and were experiencing major downtime as a result. Their print quality had also begun to falter, causing unreadable labels. In short, they realized it was time for a major technology upgrade.
Solution: "Under the new system, production is much more streamlined," said Lay. "Now, at each work station the line operator enters a product number which then populates all of the product information automatically. In the case of fixed-weight products, the products come down the production line and labels are dispensed on-demand. These labels contain all of the pertinent information, including product name, case weight, sell-by date and time, and in some cases, product ingredients."
In the case of random weight products, cases are placed on a scale at the end of the production line. The scales are attached to the Intermec printers and automatically transmit the weight information. After receiving weight, the printers dispense a label in real time with all of the product information. "In this situation, the labels are not printed until needed so we ensure that each label has the correct information," said Lay.
Additionally, some of Koegel's new Smart Printers are situated on mobile carts along with the scale platform, meaning they can move to wherever they're needed in the facility.
Overall, the solution has allowed Koegel Meats much more efficient operations. Additionally, there are no wasted labels and product identification has improved.