A self-adhesive label design and print package which is reducing costs and improving efficiency has been developed for a leading international medical supplies company by IMS Labels, Dublin.

The windows-based integrated labelling package, which carries out label design and print in-line, has been supplied by IMS Labels to Olympus Diagnostica Ireland, Co. Clare, which supplies hospitals and commercial laboratories worldwide.

Olympus Diagnostica researches and manufactures reagents for uses including determining blood chlorestrol, blood sugars and electrolyte balance. The company, which previously used pre-printed labels on product vials and boxes, worked in partnership with IMS Labels, one of Ireland’s leading labelling and auto ID solutions companies, to develop the system after deciding it neede din-house label production.

Olympus Diagnostica chief executive, Dr Jim Murphy says, ‘Using pre-printed label stocks created several problems. Short label runs led to increased costs and higher administrative expenses and regular packaging or formulation changes led to further time-consuming controls for the disposal of obsolete labels to avoid one of these being used. We are very happy with what has been achieved with IMS Labels and how it is operating.’ The company has more than 1,200 different products and supplies customers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, Asia and Japan.

IMS Labels researched Olympus’ precise needs and recommended an Episys windows-based label design and printing package with a TEC B-572 high-resolution printer. By using seven basic spot-colour label types from IMS, the system develops 21 generic labels by including hazardous warnings. Variable data overprinting including batch numbers and expiry dates, then turns these into hundreds of different labels for the Olympus product range.


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