CEWE implements Zebra scanning solution to automate production workflows
German-based manufacturer of personalised photo products CEWE has made use of Zebra Technologies’ fixed industrial scanning technology and Aurora software solution to optimise its operational efficiency.
CEWE ‘needed an automated and accurate verification scanning solution to read barcodes during photo book machine production at its Germering plant near Munich, Germany’. After consulting with CSG Computersysteme, its long-term Zebra specialist partner, CSG decided to go with Zebra’s FS40 Fixed Industrial Scanner and Aurora software solution.
Daniel Pergelt, Head of Operational IT at CEWE, said: “CSG recommended Zebra for this project as we had a very specific need for a best-in-class, high-speed fixed industrial scanner and application for our photo book machine.
“This application is all about reading reliability and speed. The FS40 has proved its capability to deliver 100% accurate first-time, every-time data capture, even at the high speeds of our production line.”
At CEWE’s Germering plant, 11,000 sheets run through the high-gloss photo book machine every hour, with two barcodes marking the start and end of each page. Zebra’s scanner sends the captured barcode data via serial interface to CEWE’s system as an additional check, helping to ensure that the right pages are organised into the correct photo book.
With the scanner allowing up to 22,000 barcodes to be scanned each hour, CEWE is able to deliver around 60,000 customer orders per day.
Senior Channel Manager and Machine Vision and Imaging Specialist at Zebra Technologies Rudolf Schambeck said: “Zebra and its partners are focused on providing fixed industrial scanning solutions to give customers a competitive edge and support their growth.
“These solutions are unlocking new productivity, efficiency, and accuracy gains for manufacturers across a range of sectors including automotive, pharmaceutical, food and beverage.”
With CEWE deeming this project a success, Zebra believes the solution can be deployed at other CEWE production sites in Germany and around Europe.
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