The “Two Become One” Principle
Traceability and proof of installation play a major role in many industries. The ISO TS 16949 standard, for instance, stipulates that in serial and spare part production in the automotive industry all elements contained in the final product must be identifiable at all times and uniquely labeled with information such as manufacturing date, expiration date or batch number. All people involved in the supply chain are obliged to keep records about the components installed and to carefully document everything they do. Schreiner ProTech offers the perfect product for this challenge: the Combi Label. It offers a solution for cost-efficient documentation as well as quick and easy processing, whether manually or via an automated application system. In addition, the customer can print individual information on the Combi Label by thermal transfer printing before applying it to the product.
But how does this work exactly? According to the “two become one” principle! The Combi Label consists of two or more labels which are initially connected with one another before being adhered to different places. They are either adhered one on top of the other with a silicone layer to separate the individual labels or they can be separated from one another via a perforation line. “The challenge for us is to find out the customer’s precise documentation requirements before adjusting the Combi Label’s structure exactly to them. We especially focus on the customer’s dispensing process to ensure that the label will not interfere with the production process or cause downtimes,” explains Product Manager Christian Bode. It goes without saying that comprehensive consulting, laboratory investigation of the substrate and, if required, support by the Schreiner Services Competence Center with regard to dispensing systems and TTR printers for subsequent inscription are also parts of our service portfolio.
The warning notice label used in airbag module production is an example of a typical Combi Label application. When the automobile manufacturer installs the module in a vehicle, the documentation part of the label is detached and adhered to the documentation file as proof of installation. Thus, compliance with the requirements of ISO 16949, 7.5.3 (identification and traceability) is ensured.
Schreiner ProTech presents innovative possibilities of state-of-the-art product labeling in a blog series. In the past few weeks we have informed you about innovative nameplates that also provide protection against counterfeiting and tampering. We have also focused on self-adhesive labels on oily substrates and the secrets of gearbox labeling. Topics over the next few weeks will include NFC nameplates, folding laminates and solutions for challenges such as resistance to steam-jet cleaning and acetone.
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