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Fabrico Case Study

ABB supplies transformer components to a broad range of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company maintains an inventory of several hundred different products that require voltage labeling in five sizes. These range from 5 1/2” x 2 1/2” to 3” x 2 1/2”. Material requirements specify a polyester face stock with Tedlar overlam with an acrylic adhesive. This is necessary for good bonding, since most of the labels are being applied to epoxy and ceramic- coated surfaces.

  • ABB
    ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. Their solutions improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of their customers’ operations while minimizing environmental impact.
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  • Building upon a highly experienced engineering team, a broad range of fabrication equipment, and world-class material suppliers, Fabrico provides the highest quality, lowest cost solutions to applications requiring flexible material. Fabrico is the market leader in the engineered conversion of flexible materials.

  • In the process of sourcing the specific materials, Fabrico discovered that the existing supplier to ABB had substituted the specified labels with a vinyl face stock to cut cost. The potential result of this error was that the labels would only provide 2-year survivability in the field, rather than the 10- year survivability provided by the polyester Tedlar overlam label. Fabrico now provides ABB with voltage labels with a polyester face stock and Tedlar overlam. Fabrico produces the various types of labels required by ABB using a flexographic web printing process, after which labels are sheeted and stacked in bundles of 100 for ease of handling by the customer.

  • Inventory Cycle Count, Inventory Levels
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Production]
    Fabrico prints, die cuts, sheets, and packages the nearly 400 variations of labels in one, complete manufacturing process with full cost and quality control. With Fabrico's assistance, ABB may soon institute an AIMS (Automated Inventory Management System) to ensure that the supply of labels to its varied manufacturing operation remains one uninterrupted delivery of quality product.
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    Impact #3
  • Benefit #1

    Fabrico is providing ABB with the correct polyester Tedlar laminated labels at a savings of 20-30%.

  • Inventory Management
    Inventory management solutions aim to automate the inventory management process and increase accuracy and reliability. Every individual inventory item that is to be tracked receives an RFID tag or other similar tracking technology. Each tag has a unique identification number that contains encoded digital data about an inventory item, for example the model and batch number. Tags are scanned by RFID or other readers. Upon scanning, a reader extracts the tag's ID and transmits it to the cloud for processing. Along with the tag's ID, the cloud receives data about the reader’s location and the time of the reading. Based on this data, an application states the location of the item with the corresponding ID, visualizes the findings and displays real-time updates about inventory items’ movements to the solution users, allowing them to monitor the inventory using a smartphone or a laptop from anywhere, in real time. There are also secondary benefits of inventory management. For example, machine learning can forecast the amount of raw materials needed for the upcoming production cycle based on the data about the inventory quantity and location, and reorder them as needed. It can also help in matching demand with supply more accurately as inventory movement is also a representation of demand.
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