Streamline Your Production Process
According to Richard Jones, editor of Greenhouse Grower, one of the issues many growers are faced with is the cost of labor. Uncertainty over immigration reform also raises concern about access to reliable labor. Many growers are now having to approach the topic of labor differently. Automation is the solution to many labor and efficiency challenges. Every grower regardless of size should automate their production line.
Great Lakes Label is committed to finding a solution to fit your budget. Automation is not just for the big guys. Investing in automation now will improve your current operation and save you from rising labor costs and labor challenges.
Print When You Need It
Real-time Labeling with Variable Data
Efficient Process Flow
Reduce Labeling Labor Costs
Precise Label Placement
The Label Gatorâ„˘ system applies labels at an unprecedented rate.
For example, the apply-only labeling system processes up to eighty 608-cell tray labels per minute (three labels on each side).
The hands needed to produce labeled pots at this speed is triple the amount many growers have in their existing production lines.
â€śThe Label Gatorâ„˘ reduces labor, reduces inventory of labels, eliminates print rooms and associated costs, reduces inventory of preprinted pots, frees up yard space, eliminates labeling mistakes, increases production rates and gives a uniform labeling placement for a better presentation. This is why most of our customers have a 1 season ROI on the Label Gatorâ„˘ System.â€ť
– Tony Cook, CEO Great Lakes Label
LEAN Manufacturing & Value Stream Mapping
One of the industry’s largest growers recognized the need to research all of their Production Processes. As a result they created a new position and filled it with an experienced Lean Manufacturing Manager.
Now an entire team is working on implementing Lean throughout the organization. Value Stream Mapping looks at the flow of information and materials used to deliver products to the market.
An aerial image was used for the Processing Department.
This area includes a trailer of containers at the beginning of the “line,”
staff members unloading onto a conveyor, moreÂ staff handling
the containers, applying labels, tags, bagging, inspecting and loading.
This is what each of several Process Lines look like:
Does yours look the same?
Once each step of the process is identified, a cycle time can be determined.
After you determine this information, a number of results can be achieved including:
You can identify “bottle necks” and solve them. Usually you can focus on the longest cycle time section of the “line”.
You can “load level” the steps on the “line” to the line rate with minimal people needed. An example is if one process is two seconds and another is three with a line rate of five seconds, you can have one person accomplish two steps.
Once “load level” is achieved, you can identify opportunities for automation including Conveyors and Print & Apply Label Systems.
Labor saving opportunities
Eliminate the print room mess
This is what each of several production process lines look like. Does yours look the same? Hand labeling is a waste of labor and prone to errors. The Label Gatorâ„˘ has helped reduce our container inventory, cut costs in production and improve accuracy.