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Five step pallet labelling system from Insignia

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When it comes to labelling pallets with GS1 barcode labels, insignia are able to provide all the support and equipment needed to cover all requirements, including this five step pallet labelling system.

Step one in the pallet labelling system is it apply for a unique GS1 company number by visiting the GS1 Express website. This number is the basis for all of the company's product barcode numbers and is used for all barcodes in the retail sector e.g. product barcodes, carton barcodes, and pallet barcodes.

Step two in the insignia pallet labelling system is purchasing labelling hardware and software capable of generating GS1 barcodes, e.g Bartender by Seagull Scientific. There are also number of label printers available for different levels of pallet labelling, ranging from entry level printers through to fully automated print and apply printers.

One very critical element to this pallet labelling system is choosing the correct label for the pallet. The standard pallet label size is generally 105mm x 148mm (4” x 6”), however label stocks are not as simple as one may think. There are a range of materials (paper, synthetic, thermal direct) and adhesives (freezer grade, permanent, removable) so take care when choosing the correct labels for the job.

The third step in the pallet labelling system is to create a product list. Most companies manufacture more than one product so the easiest way to manage this product information is to centralise the data into a single location. This may sound complicated but can be as basic as storing the product information in an Excel spreadsheet.

Step four in the pallet labelling system is to design the label. Using the labelling software, design the pallet label to the GS1 specifications. It is a good idea to speak to the company the software was purchased from, as they may have a GS1-approved pallet label already designed.

The fifth step in the pallet labelling system is to print and apply the label. It is very important to apply the label to the correct sides and height on the pallet. Be sure not to put pallet wrap around the label and that the label is not damaged in any way. If the pallet is labelled incorrectly, this can lead to rejection at the major retail distribution warehouses.

Finally, maintainance and service of the pallet labelling system is also very important to ensure the system continues to run smoothly and correctly. For instance, if any additions or modifications are made to product information, be sure this is inputted correctly.

Furthermore, it is important to look after the label printer by keeping it clean and having a service provider complete yearly checkups on the printer to ensure perfect pallet label printing in the future. Make sure operators are trained on how to use and maintain the software and printer.

insignia can provide all the support and equipment needed to cover GS1 requirements. From premium product labels and blank labels to barcode and laser labels, insignia have a solution to suit every application.

insignia also offer their clients a variety of labelling equipment, including printing and applicator systems, and provide support from installation right through to ongoing maintenance and repairs.

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