Sustainability & Social Responsibility

We know sustainability and social responsibility are vital parts of your business, and share your commitment to creating environmentally-friendly, safe products and minimizing the impact our processes have on the world around us.

ISO 14001 certification

Central to environmental commitment is our ISO 14001 certification, which we’ve had since 2003. This certification addresses various aspects of environmental management, providing practical tools for companies and organizations looking to identify and control their environmental impact and improve their environmental performance.

FSC certification

In addition, all of our manufacturing facilities have obtained FSC Chain of Custody (COC) certification. The FSC ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Our FSC COC certification traces the path of materials throughout the supply chain, verifying that FSC-certified material is identified or kept separate from non-certified material.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND SKU CONSOLIDATION ACHIEVE MULTIPLE GOALS

Label consolidation program uncovers and solves new issues

Our Challenge

It’s rare when Sourcing, Manufacturing and Quality all come together with a singular goal, but when a Tier II automotive supplier found itself struggling to manage 800+ label part numbers, everyone realized they needed a better solution. Sourcing wanted to reduce the cost and complexity of managing the ever-growing list of part numbers; Manufacturing needed to simplify the production schedule for a faster response to customer requests; and Quality wanted to improve traceability and durability.

Our Solution

IDENTCO analyzed the company’s label usage and identified significant opportunities for consolidation. Many of the labels were roughly the same size and contained the same basic information, with only three fields of variable data. We suggested standardizing those labels and pre-printing all but the three areas of customization, which would be printed on-demand during production. This recommendation alone reduced the number of label part numbers to 300. IDENTCO also conducted field research and uncovered quality issues previously unbeknownst to the customer. To address those deficiencies, IDENTCO’s In-House Testing Lab analyzed the label the customer had historically used along with several new options, and compared durability, adhesion, UV fade resistance and chemical resistance. The recommended label solution employed a top-surface printing process that provided better results than the over-laminated label they had been using, and decreased label costs by more than 10%. This improved material combined with the standardization IDENTCO proposed created a solution that met Sourcing, Manufacturing and Quality improvement objectives.

Sector

Automotive Suppliers

Segment

Automotive

Function

Branding, Warning & Instructional, Product Identification

  • 10% Material Cost Reduction
  • 267% Label Consolidation
  • 20x Greater resistance to color fading
  • “We didn't realize how much our labels were fading and peeling until IDENTCO showed us photos they had taken of our products in the field.”

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