In Switzerland, the Fixit Group operates with three brands (Fixit, Greutol, Röfix) at a total of seven locations, in two quarries and with over 300 employees.
Fixit AG provides advice and supplies tailored to regional customer needs from six production sites (Holderbank AG, Weiach ZH, Otelfingen ZH, Untervaz GR, Ennetmoos NW and Bex VD) with around 197 employees
The initial situation
Fixit AG in Otelfingen ZH produces plaster for interior and exterior use in many colors and different grain sizes. Fixit was looking for a reliable, stable, easy-to-use and delegatable label printing solution for labeling the plaster buckets. Several hundred different grades are produced with different layouts, lot number and grain size. The layouts consist of a front side and a back side. The requirement for the label printing solution was that the label printer prints cleanly from the first label to the last without any interruptions, i.e. without calibration labels and poorly printed labels. The previous file-based PDF printing system was to be replaced by modern and up-to-date label software. Goal: Even employees without extensive IT knowledge should be able to print labels correctly and without much training.
Due to the outdoor storage conditions, the labeled plaster buckets are exposed to the weather. We were looking for a synthetic inkjet label that is weather resistant and can be printed cleanly and flawlessly.
From the idea to the realization
In a personal dialog with the plant manager, Mr. Christian Kehl, the requirements were first defined and then the proposed solutions were worked out. In view of the different types and the requirement for high and convincing print quality, we decided to use the EPSON C6500Ae color label printer with pigment ink. During a pilot project, its suitability was tested and found to be good. Unlike other color label printers available on the market, the EPSON prints entire series of labels without interruptions or poorly printed labels. This is indispensable for use with label dispensers. Given the importance of label printing and the use of a front and back label, we decided to use two EPSON C6500Ae color printers. External unwinders are used to accommodate large rolls of 250mm diameter. This saves time, because fewer rolls need to be changed For rewinding the labels and enabling automatic labeling, we use rewinders.
To achieve label printing with as little training and IT knowledge as possible, we developed NiceLabel label software including a PowerForms label printing screen. The article is selected by entering the article number. The article data is linked to the front and back layout and is delivered automatically. The lot number calculation is done automatically. And the grain size is entered manually before the labels are printed. For maximum ease of use and simplicity, triggering the printing process automatically prints a front and back label in the desired quantity. This eliminates misprints of front or back labels, resulting in lower operating costs. This concept enables assistants without IT knowledge to print professionally designed labels in high quality, safely and reliably on demand.
Two EPSON C6500Ae color label printers print front and back labels in parallel. The printing process is triggered by a single mouse click. Mixing up front and back labels is impossible.
The ready-printed inkjet labels look like printed and are weatherproof.
The result is impressive
Mr. Christian Kehl, plant manager, is enthusiastic: "The new label printing solution meets all our expectations in terms of durability, print quality, right through to automatic dispensing. Especially the fact that the label printing process can be delegated saves us an enormous amount of time and costs. Without the relevant know-how of Selfix, we would not have been able to realize this project." And Mr. Kehl adds: "Especially the close and good cooperation with Selfix enabled us to realize this sophisticated container label printing solution in a very short time.
In over 100 years of business activity, Fixit AG has continuously expanded its experience and competence in the areas of facades, walls and floors as well as civil engineering. Our approximately 197 employees ensure with innovative strength, joy and commitment that the company is one of the largest Swiss producers of building materials.
With over 40 employees in the field and our six plant locations and two of our own gypsum quarries in Switzerland, we underline our regional roots and the special proximity to our customers.
In addition, we benefit from innovative research and IT services, among other things, through our affiliation with the FIXIT Group, which operates throughout Europe.
In everything we do, we strive for a long-term partnership at eye level with our customers and support them with high-quality products, competent advice, excellent logistics and technology as well as useful classic and digital services.
We want to be the preferred solution provider for our customers.
An extensive exchange of information is absolutely essential between the customer and the label manufacturer in order to precisely define the individual label requirements. Thanks to Swiss and cross-industry expertise and many years of experience, Selfix AG guarantees reliability, traceability and continuity and impressive label solutions
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