Twoson turned to EMP Technical Group, a systems integrator specializing in data collection, labeling, marking and coding. EMP recommended printing, bar coding and scanning solutions from Zebra Technologies.
Now, Twoson uses a combination of Zebra® QL 420 Plus™ barcode label printers and Motorola® MC9090G scanners. By bar coding each part and the corresponding shipping boxes, Twoson ensures that the correct components always ship in the correct boxes.
Twoson stamps the metal parts at its 50,000-square-foot Muncie, Ind., facility. The parts are then overmolded at the Matthews, Ind., sister company, Twoson ESP. After close inspection, Twoson tags each part with a barcoded label. A team member then uses a fixed scanner to verify that the label is readable.
From there, another individual boxes the parts. He or she scans the part and then the label on the box. If the codes match, the Zebra printer automatically prints out a verification sticker that goes on the outside of the box. If the part and box do not match, the employee sees a red "X" on the scanner's display and knows the part should not go into the box.
Twoson's employees find the solutions simple to learn and use, and the company's IT department appreciates that the Zebra printers and the scanners require minimal IT maintenance.
"The solution is standalone. It's not tied to any back-office software and Twoson's IT department doesn't need to be involved," said Dave Mattingly, Technical Group President, EMP Technical Group.