The recent global study of IT directors conducted by NiceLabel has revealed that manufacturers, on average incur annual losses of around GPB 955,000 due to production line shutdowns caused by label printing problems.
The study of 300 IT directors found that on average more than two-thirds of manufacturers (67 percent) were having to shut down their production line for more than an hour if there was a problem with label printing, with an additional 21 percent saying the line had to be shut down for more than 30 minutes.
The study also revealed that manufacturers were having to pause production lines just under six times a year on average due to such problems, with more than three-quarters (77 percent) saying their production line had to be paused four times or more in the past year as a consequence of these.
‘Any business disruption or shutdown can significantly impact any manufacturer causing loss of revenues and ultimately even putting the business itself in jeopardy,’ commented Ken Moir, VP of marketing at NiceLabel. ‘The danger of that being caused by mislabeling becomes a growing concern as labeling becomes a key part of business and supply chain strategy.’
Given the losses they are incurring due to shutdowns, it is unsurprising that 26 percent of the survey sample see ‘reducing costs’ and 18 percent see productivity gains among the main benefits of modernizing and automating their manufacturing processes, including labeling, with technology, while 26 percent reference ‘eliminating errors’.
‘Ultimately, the risks to production operations extend well beyond full shutdowns. Decentralized labeling, for example, also adds risk to production operations. An ERP system is supposed to provide “a single source of truth” to business users. However, at many organizations, there are as many versions of the truth as there are labeling locations,’ added Moir. ‘That is because, in decentralized labeling operations, each facility may not be integrated with ERP and will be creating their own label formats and duplicated product and customer data.
‘After all, without centralization, manufacturers are generally not integrated to the same source of truth, and that creates redundancies of data – making enterprise-wide updates unmanageable and adding significantly to inaccuracies and inconsistencies.’
The full version of the study is available online on the NiceLabel website.