Magnetic Rack Labels
Looking for an easier way to maintain your rack labeling system? Rack labels come in many different sizes, colors, and substrates. A critical part of a well-run distribution center is having the correct rack labels to quickly and efficiently label and identify rack locations. Most warehouses have isle locations, section, and level locations. Integrating these into one label is the key to an efficient warehouse. Barcoding this location insures accuracy when both picking and stocking product. Most warehouses today understand this and look for labels that meet this need.
When determining labels for your warehouse, many companies do not think long term and go only with a white paper label to apply to the metal rack. The short comings of this is that warehouses today are constantly changing and locations may be added, racks moved, and extra levels put in. When this happens, you are left with a mess trying to peel off the old label, ripping it and creating an unsightly metal rack that should be scraped and painted for an acceptable appearance before re-labeling.
To get around this, some warehouses have gone to a polyester label that can be peeled off in one piece. This gets around the issue of not being able to peel the label off in one piece, but without active adhesive on the back of the label anymore, these labels are useless to use again, so the warehouse personnel have to make new labels replacing the old label they have just taken off. This requires software, printers and warehouse location label inventory to be kept on location increasing the overall costs of rack labels. It is important to remember that adhesives can dry out and do have a shelf life.
If you want to go with the most advanced rack labeling, we suggest they be made on magnets so you can move them if locations are added or deleted. Magnets are strong enough to hold the location label in place and prevent them from moving when you don’t want them to move.
Adding color to the labels can help identify specific isles as an additional check as pickers and stockers are moving inventory. The color coding can be done in many different manors. They can distinguish isles, or levels, or both.
Barcoding the rack labeling is a critical element to error free warehousing. The most common symbology used for these barcodes are 3 of 9, and 128 Auto. These symbologies allow for alpha and numeric location schemes providing the most flexibility in assigning locations.
Magnetic location labels are a bit more expensive than adhesive backed paper, poly, and other synthetics, but as you can see, there are some real cost saving benefits to using these labels to mark your rack locations. Some of these benefits include the fact that you can remove these and re-apply these an infinite amount of times because the magnet will not get weaker and does not have a shelf life like adhesives. No adhesive out there will compete with the longevity in the sticking power of a magnet.
Another huge advantage is that adhesive labels leave a residue behind. Even if the labels are poly or synthetic, the adhesive is left behind on the rack when the label is removed. This residue can deface the rack in which it is applied too. This defacing requires the rack to be re-dipped or re-painted to bring it up to standards. These costs are excessive and cause a lot of labor expenses in taking the rack down and re-assembly if they are professionally dipped or painted.
With magnetic rack labels, there is no defacing of the rack, no need to re-paint or re-dip the rack, no need to un-assemble and re-assemble defaced rack, and no time loss peeling and reprinting labels. Just take the magnet and move it to the new location with one hand. It takes only second instead of hours of work to move the magnet and the rack looks as clean and presentable as the first day it was installed.
Contact our specialists to help with a plan for your warehouse. We have a lot of experience in this and can come up with the right solution for your warehouse needs.
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