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How Print and Apply Labeling Can Increase Production

How Print and Apply Labeling Can Increase Production

Adding a print and apply labeling system to your production line can increase throughput, reduce costs, and provide efficiencies for nearly every operation out there. While many production equipment considerations have pros and cons, print and apply systems beat out traditional pre-printed label systems by nearly every possible metric.

Because of the advantages print and apply label machines offer, every packaging and manufacturing operation should take the time to weigh their options for migrating to the more modern system. When they do, they’ll obtain the following advantages, all of which lower costs and complexity while raising throughput.

 
Will Your Printer Make it the Rest of the Year?

Will Your Printer Make it the Rest of the Year?

Digital printing technology for industrial printers has revolutionized the marking, printing, and packaging industries in huge ways. Adoption growth has been swift, even as the majority of operations hold on to legacy analog and offset printing technologies.

A plurality of experts predict that growth in digital printing will surpass double digits. The flexibility and mind-blowing capabilities of digital print technology are helping operations managers achieve what was previously thought impossible. Variable data printing, for instance, introduced the possibility for endless product packaging design customization and segmentation. direct-to-shape (DTS) printing eliminates many of the steps in the traditional packaging recipe, allowing printing to take place directly on nearly any surface shape. 

Experts like the SGIA assert that “production inkjet technology adoption has provided printers numerous benefits, including fast turnaround times for personalized, on-demand output; lower equipment operating costs compared to digital toner-based printing; new product applications; and greater flexibility than traditional equipment.”

All of these advances mean that nearly every operation out there should consider making the switch to digital in order to obtain the following benefits.

Changes You Need to Consider for the Christmas Rush

Changes You Need to Consider for the Christmas Rush

The year may only be 75% gone, but retailers all across the world are already hearing sleigh bells. That’s because the Holiday season often provides the bulk of their revenues, and they want to be prepared. 

According to a survey taken this time last year, a quarter of U.S. consumers have already begun Holiday shopping. Nearly half will make purchases before November 1. Getting ready for these purchases takes time, preparation, and knowing in advance that your stock is available.

Your industrial manufacturing or packaging operation should also be ready for the upcoming Holiday season. You can implement the following improvements to your production line with help from a knowledgeable industrial equipment distributor. They’ll help you stay up to date to trim costs, advance your capabilities, and be prepared to deliver your customers a happier holiday.

Appreciating Your Employees on Labor Day

Appreciating Your Employees on Labor Day

Labor Day has recently passed, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed an opportunity to let your employees know they’re appreciated. After all, the whole point of Labor Day is recognizing the hard work every single employee puts in to keep the company running. Without people working on the front lines, the company wouldn’t exist. Without people in the back office doing what they do best, there would be chaos.

Here at Raab, we are incredibly grateful for every bit of value our staff adds to the company and client relations. Identify. Mark. Package. Those three things are at the forefront of what we do, but there are also the little things that differentiate us from the typical industrial equipment supplier. When our employees go out on an emergency service call or simply make a note to check in on a client after a new install, they go the extra mile to ensure our clients stay happy.

Taking the time and effort to highlight a job well done is incredibly important for not just office politics but overall profitability. “Since appreciation plays a large part in employee satisfaction, which in turn improves retention and productivity, actively engaging with employees is a must for staying competitive,” reasons GlassDoor.

Luckily, you can do so much more for your dedicated staff than just giving them a day off during a federal holiday. You can show your appreciation in plenty of ways and help your employees feel recognized. Most don’t even involve a huge show of effort or a large budget; a simple, sincere “thank you for what you do” can go a long way!

So, in honor of labor day and all our hard-working staff, here are four ways to show employees you care around Labor Day.

Celebrate 60 Years of Outstanding Customer Service With 10% Off Machinery in Our QuickShop

Celebrate 60 Years of Outstanding Customer Service With 10% Off Machinery in Our QuickShop

Raab Sales, Inc. has a history of raising the bar for customer service. Being there for our clients has been in our DNA since day one.

If you took a look at our History of Raab Sales, Inc. post, you’ll see that our founder Lou Raab truly made a difference in his clients’ lives. He went above and beyond to educate them about industrial tape machine solutions and then help them choose the best product that fit within their goals and existing operational environment.

You don’t even have to take our word for it! Over the years, the Raab Sales office has collected correspondence documenting the impact Lou Raab’s client-focused business model has had on his clients. We’ve always been experts on the machinery we sell, for one. Customers receive skilled support for their machinery, whether it’s a minor service adjustment or a major repair. We also are always willing to listen when clients make a request that’s out of the ordinary.

To celebrate with our customers, we’re holding a special sale in our QuickShop with 10% off select machinery. This includes our stock of handheld inkjet printers, tape machines, and stencil cutting machines. Simply enter the coupon code “10AT60” with an eligible item in your shopping cart. Best of all, this offer can be combined with volume discounts!

This sale is just one of the ways we can show our customers how much we truly care when it comes to giving them service that’s above the rest. Take a look at the documents below to learn further how Lou Raab established a client relations model that truly left an impression on everyone.

Take Advantage of Our Online QuickShop for Convenient Industrial Consumables, Buy 2 Get 1 FREE for a Limited Time!

Take Advantage of Our Online QuickShop for Convenient Industrial Consumables, Buy 2 Get 1 FREE for a Limited Time!

Anyone looking to buy industrial consumables online can replenish their supplies with minimal hassle thanks to Raab Sales’ brand new QuickShop. To celebrate our 60th Anniversary as well as the QuickShop rollout, you can now buy any two eligible items and get a third absolutely free! The offer is only valid for 60 days, though, so make sure you claim it using the coupon code below before September 29.

Our hope is that the QuickShop can bring a new level of convenience and efficiency for our clients. Raab Sales, Inc. has evolved in many ways over the course of our 60 years in this business, and our new online QuickShop is one of the bigger steps forward we have made in terms of customer-facing technology.

By using the QuickShop, customers can essentially automate order placement, payment, shipping, and even some aspects of customer support – all with a few clicks of a mouse. Best of all, you can access the shop anywhere, at any time, thanks to its mobile-friendly design. Orders are processed on the same or next business day, and you’ll receive a confirmation of when your order ships along with a tracking order.

Simply put, the QuickShop is a completely new way to do business with Raab and to buy industrial consumables online! To illustrate just how convenient our online industrial machinery and consumables shop is, take a look at the three benefits below, as well as your coupon code for Buy 2, Get 1 FREE on eligible items.

The Raab Sales Story, Part II: 1980–2018

The Raab Sales Story, Part II: 1980–2018

Raab Sales is now celebrating 60 years of serving amazing customers and providing state-of-the-art solutions for industrial packing, labeling, marking, printing, and coding.

If you caught Part I of this post, you learned how the company started off small. Our founder, Lou Raab, had a vision to be not just a salesman for his industrial tape machine employer, but a reliable distributor for the greater Kansas City area at large.

From its founding in 1958 to 1979, the company evolved in significant ways. They expanded from tape machines to industrial printers. 1975 also marked the year Lou Raab proudly brought his sons aboard his company to run it as a true family business. In 1979, the company trademarked a new name “Raab Sales, Inc.”

After Lou Raab brought his sons on board, industrial printing equipment and other technologies really took off. Read on to learn how the company began to offer more sophisticated equipment lines and how it finally outgrew its headquarters at the Raab family home.

The Raab Sales Story, Part I: 1951–1979

The Raab Sales Story, Part I: 1951–1979

Today, Raab Sales, Inc. marks the 60th anniversary of our creation in 1958. On this day, our founder, Lou Raab, carried out a vision to form his own industrial equipment supplier company. His ambition reflected the American dream, to provide an innovative and indispensable service for his growing network of customers. He wanted to build a legacy for himself and a means for his family.

Now, 60 years later, the second and third generation of Raab family members ensure this dream is bigger and bolder than ever. Since forming over six decades ago, we have expanded our industrial equipment lines from shipping concerns to include marking, coding, labeling, scanning, and packaging.

We have also become experts in providing service models our clients can count on. Whether it’s consulting to help them develop an efficient production line, integrating state-of-the-art solutions within their existing process, or responding to emergency service needs at any time of day, we have made our mark on the industry by significantly raising the bar for service.

The way we grew from a simple, partially home-based business to a regional powerhouse equipment and services supplier near the Greater Kansas City Metro area in Lenexa, Kansas, makes for a compelling tale. Read on to learn more about the history of Raab Sales, Inc. and how our current success comes from the seeds of an exciting idea planted over a half century ago.

What Makes an Industrial Inkjet Printer Different from a Typical Printer?

What Makes an Industrial Inkjet Printer Different from a Typical Printer?

Millions of industrial packaging, labeling, coding, and marking operations choose to use continuous inkjet technology because of its numerous advantages over conventional drop-on-demand (DOD) inkjet printers. While DOD systems still have plenty of representation in industrial settings within use cases where they excel, continuous inkjet (CIJ) systems are specially suited to large scale printing and marking operations that utilize high-speed production, coding, and marking lines.

So, what makes your typical industrial continuous inkjet printer so different from a desktop printer in your office or a large DOD printer? Find out the answer as we examine three of the most important traits and benefits a CIJ printing system offers to industrial operations like yours.

How Will New Nutrition Labeling Requirements Affect Your Operation?

How Will New Nutrition Labeling Requirements Affect Your Operation?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has adopted a host of new rules aimed at making nutrition labels clearer and more informative to the average consumer. These rules could directly impact your labeling and packaging practices. You may even need to purchase new industrial label printers to fulfill your compliance obligations.

Fortunately, you have some time before the new rules officially go into effect. The original deadline was July 26, 2018, but that date has been postponed indefinitely.

However, the delay is no excuse to rest upon your laurels. You owe it to your operations and your consumers to plan ahead now so that you can be ready for any new deadline that is set.

To help you prepare, make note of the following three biggest changes the FDA’s new nutrition labeling rules may have for your operation.