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FKI Logistex Introduces The Print-And-Apply Module, System Automates Label Printing

July 112005
FKI Logistex Introduces The Print-And-Apply Module, System Automates Label Printing
Cincinnati, OH: July 11, 2005) FKI Logistex® (www.fkilogistex.com), a global leader in integrated material handling solutions, introduces the Print-and-Apply Module™, a self-contained, fully-automated system designed to streamline and automate label printing and application in bar code, RFID or hybrid ID environments.

Using existing bar code information, the FKI Logistex Print-and-Apply Module queries a facility's WMS or other control system for the data needed for label printing. In many cases, the system takes product data from receiving or pick-and-pass operations and prints a shipping label which routes the box through a facility to its final destination. Ideal for situations where throughput requirements demand the automation of the print-and-apply function, the module can operate at rates in excess of 30 cartons per minute.

The Print-and-Apply Module is typically implemented using the FKI Logistex BOSS™ control system, which handles the interaction of machine and transactional data from the PLC level to the WMS level all on one PC. BOSS can also run a series of Print-and-Apply Modules from one location.

Standard hardware components in the Print-and-Apply Module include the underlying FKI Logistex conveyor and a bar code scanner and printer. Optional hardware components include a weighing scale and verification scanner used to provide check and shipping weight and label integrity confirmation. In addition, an optional divert unit can redirect rejected product for manual handling. A second optional printer can be added for increased throughput and system redundancy. The Print-and-Apply Module can top-apply or side-apply labels.

"The Print-and-Apply Module gives FKI Logistex customers a flexible and high-throughput label printing and application system that fully automates a typically labor-intensive process," says Gary Cash, vice president, product management and marketing, FKI Logistex North America. "The quality and consistency of labeling provided by this system can improve identification accuracy, while reducing the cost of manual handling later in the process."

About FKI Logistex North America
FKI Logistex® North America (www.fkilogistex.com) is a leading provider of automated material handling solutions, supplying its customers with an integrated set of leading-edge technologies in high-speed sortation, conveyor systems, carousels, palletizing, paperless pick products, AS/RS, controls, order fulfillment systems, RFID implementation, EDS integration, baggage handling systems, warehouse control systems, and total material handling automation.

FKI Logistex provides material handling solutions for airports, postal facilities, parcel distribution, manufacturing operations, library automation, and for warehouse and distribution facilities. With projects that include many of the world's largest and most advanced material handling operations, FKI Logistex has manufacturing, engineering and support facilities around the world.
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