YUM! is a publicly traded restaurant company that includes the following brands; KFC, Taco Bell, A&W, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut and Wing Street. YUM! has developed standard barcoding requirements for vendors supplying their restaurants.
ID Technology can provide support for meeting these barcoding requirements with a range of labeling, coding and marking solutions, from Label Printer Applicators, to High Resolution Inkjet printing to Laser Coding. Each of these technologies offers solutions for labeling and marking cases and pallets to meet the barcoding requirements of the YUM! Brands.
One of the main requirements of the YUM! barcoding standard is the use of the GS1-128 barcode symbology. Some of the specifications of the symbology are:
Label Printer Applicators use a thermal transfer printer to print variable information onto a label and then applies it to the case, carton or pallet. The ID Technology Model 250 Label Printer Applicator prints crisp, clear barcodes as well as human readable alphanumeric text to meet the YUM! barcoding requirements.
Label Printer Applicators printing on a white background with dark print; provide the highest contrast and consequently the most reliable scan of the GS1-128 barcodes required for YUM! Compliance.
The ProSeries inkjet systems from ID Technology are capable of printing a four-inch high block of information and graphics, including the GS1-128 barcodes needed to meet YUM! barcoding requirements. The industrial inkjet systems can be specified with multiple print heads for printing on multiple sides of the case. Like the printer applicators or laser coders for case marking, inkjet printers give packagers the ability to eliminate or reduce the number of pre-printed secondary cases, which cuts material, transportation, warehousing, and material handling costs.
The application of laser marking on a carton requires a special coating be placed in specific areas on the shipper. The laser then burns barcodes, like the GS1-128 required for YUM! barcode compliance, as well as, graphics and text into the coating to create a visual contrast. Laser coding does not require consumables on the packaging line and therefore the production line does not need to be stopped for replenishment.
For pallets, labels are the only alternative. YUM! barcoding requirements mandate the use of GS1-128 when labeling pallets.
There are Pros and Cons for each technology. A site survey should be performed to evaluate product handling, bar code quality objectives, capital costs, operating costs and required production line speeds. After analysis of the above, the best technology for the specific application can be chosen.