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U.S. Patent Issued to SPEDE Technologies for
Line-side Labeling Solution

 

Cleveland, OH December 12, 2011 -- Computer Software Corporation, dba SPEDE Technologies, was issued U.S. patent number 8,064,082 for “a system and method for printing labels on demand”. The patent relates to the SPEDE Push-button Labeling system, developed by Robert J. Bunsey, President, and Richard J. Bunsey, VP of Systems Development, both of Cleveland. The patented system enables manufacturing companies to error-proof their container labeling process by printing labels on-demand at line-side, using a simple push-button device that ensures the correct label will print for the part being made at that production line.

Designed for Automotive Compliance

The SPEDE Push-button Labeling system was designed for automotive suppliers to comply with OEM mandates for 100% accurate product labeling. “Automotive OEMs operate in a just-in-time environment, so receiving mis-labeled product can severely impact production schedules”, explained Bob Bunsey. “If any part of a shipment is mislabeled, the entire shipment could be rejected, even if the physical parts are correct. This puts a huge burden on the supplier to error-proof their labeling process.”

The SPEDE Push-button Labeling System consists of the proprietary SPEDE WiFi Push-button and the SPEDE Labeling Software application that runs on a Server PC connected to a manufacturing facility's WiFi network. The name SPEDE (pronounced “speedy”) is an acronym for Scanning Platform for Electronic Data Entry.

Patented SPEDE Push-button Line-side Labeling solution

On-demand Printing at Line-side

The SPEDE WiFi Push-button is a small 5x7 inch device that can be installed at the production line. It connects to the facility's WiFi network to communicate with the SPEDE Server. The Push-button also connects to a line-side label printer via WiFi or serial port.

Before starting a new production run, the Push-button must be set-up to print the correct label for the part number to be made. This set-up process, usually performed by a supervisor, consists of scanning the barcoded Push-button ID and a barcoded work order or part number. The SPEDE Software logically associates the push-button to the part number. Once the push-button is set-up for a specific part number, it will allow only the label for that part number to print until a new label set-up is done.

To print a label, the machine operator pushes the button. This sends a command to the SPEDE Server, which responds by sending the label data to the line-side printer. The label prints and is immediately applied to the container of parts being packed.

“We've been implementing line-side labeling systems since 1994", said Bob Bunsey. "The most common causes of labeling errors are operator confusion about which label to print, mis-identifying the part to be labeled, and label mix-ups due to batch-printing labels for future use", Bob Bunsey explained. "Push-button Labeling eliminates all of those errors."

Push-button Labeling is ideal for plant floor operations where a production machine makes a single part number at a time. To underscore the accuracy of Push-button Labeling, Mr. Bunsey said: "We have customers using up to 60 Push-buttons in one facility, and printing 350,000 labels a year without a single labeling error.”


Push-button Technology Can Interface to PLCs

To fit the labeling requirements of its diverse manufacturing customers, SPEDE Technologies developed several variations to its Push-button Labeling system. For example, a modified version of the patented device can be interfaced to a PLC, to trigger labels to print automatically when a pack count of “good” parts is made. “By connecting a simple RF input device to a PLC, we can totally automate a labeling process. The result is 100% accurate product labeling because there is no human intervention to cause errors”, Mr. Bunsey added.


About SPEDE Technologies

Founded in 1980, SPEDE Technologies is a software and systems integration company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The company specializes in innovative WiFi-based solutions for line-side labeling including Push-button Labeling, PLC Labeling and TouchScreen Labeling. The company also provides real-time solutions for Raw Material Control, WIP Control, Finished Goods Control, and Electronic Traceabillty.

Its customers are medium-sized to Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, industrial and food manufacturing industries, with multiple facilities located throughout the U.S. and in Mexico.

For more information about SPEDE Technologies products and services, visit www.spede.com.

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