ILS’ automated solution brings logistics staff in from the cold

June 06, 2019 by David Tran
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ILS’ automated solution brings logistics staff in from the cold

Industrial Labelling Systems (ILS) transformed the working conditions and boosted efficiency at a cold storage facility belonging to one of the world’s leading logistics companies, after installing an automated pallet labelling solution to replace manual handling.

Lineage Logistics said the successful collaboration with ILS to integrate extreme temperature-beating technology FlexWipe into the operating systems at its facility in Ieper, Belgium, had revolutionised its pallet labelling process for food products that have to be kept in sub-zero conditions.

Renowned for its cold storage expertise, Lineage operates in an environment as cold as minus 25 degrees Celsius. The firm’s challenge was to find a partner that could supply an automated alternative for staff manually labelling up to 1000 pallets a day with delivery address details in these harsh conditions – an inefficient process that also had potential health and safety issues as forklift drivers had to keep getting on and off their trucks to label pallets.


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ILS presented the FlexWipe system, precisely the innovative solution Lineage was looking for with pallets labelled while being assembled, meaning that less resource was needed resulting in lower costs, increased productivity, reduced risk of accidents and improved quality for the end user.

Performance since FlexWipe’s introduction in Ieper has been so outstanding that Lineage, which has a global network of cold storage facilities, is installing more of the same equipment into its Bergen Op Zoom cold store in Holland as well as discussing with ILS future requirements for its facilities across Europe and the United States.

In addition to the equipment, Dave Mayne, Lineage’s Operations Manager UK, was also impressed with the support received from the ILS team, from initial testing in the freezer environment to aligning the FlexWipe pallet labeller with the Lineage operating system.

He said: “ILS were open and enthusiastic about working with us to find a solution. One of our core values is innovation, so finding a company that had the same value as us in approaching this challenge, to work together to find the answer, was a great match. I’d thoroughly recommend ILS – they’re a collaborative and professional team to work with.”

Saar Deburghgraeve, the Lineage site manager in Ieper, echoed those thoughts, adding: “I am very pleased with the results from start to finish. My operators, my shift leaders, my planners – everybody is delighted with the equipment.”

Performing equally well at minus 25 degrees Celsius in the Ieper environment as at normal room temperature, the FlexWipe is multi-side pallet labelling equipment manufactured by Evolabel and exclusively available in the UK and Ireland from Manchester-based ILS.

ILS’ highly accurate printers and applicators are renowned for operating in the most challenging conditions, offering peace of mind and the future proofing that is so essential for customers like Lineage, who focus on delivering innovative solutions.

Simple and straightforward to install and operate, the FlexWipe’s twin-motor technology ensures totally accurate positioning of labels and a unique identity – key to multiple logistics functions such as shipments, warehousing, expiry dates and storage location, which enables companies to comply with strict barcode regulations.

ILS is a leading supplier to a variety of sectors, including automotive, food and beverage, construction, telecoms, nuclear, logistics, warehousing and household goods. Products offered include automatic print and apply labellers, automated pallet labelling systems, outer case and tray labellers, labels, ink and ribbon, large character inkjet marking and inline barcode inspection/validation systems.

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