Environmental impact in industry as well as in our personal lives is becoming increasingly important. FOX IV recognizes that improving equipment performance and efficiency is imperative to our customer's environmental goals.
FOX IV is working toward a new level of awareness with environmentally thoughtful designs, options, and corporate initiatives.
New equipment is being designed with the environment in mind. Traditional labels leave a roll of backing material that is usually tossed in the trash. FOX IV offers several equipment options that either reduce or eliminate label liner waste altogether.
FOX IV's Linerless label print and apply system completely eliminates label liner waste by utilizing special continuous label stock. The Linerless system prints onto the linerless label stock, cuts the label to size, and automatically applies the label to the receiving item. Additionally, because the linerless label stock uses direct thermal technology to create the print, there isn't any thermal ribbon waste either, thereby, effectively eliminating all traditional labeling waste.
The TwinPrint® label print and apply system combines two processes in one. It simultaneously prints both the shipping label and packing slip on the same label. The shipping label is printed on the visible top side and the packing slip is printed on the label liner, which is cut from the label backing. The single label is applied to the shipping container packing slip side down. The contents information is concealed when applied.
By repurposing the label liner as the packing slip, up to 60% of label liner waste is eliminated from the waste stream. Additionally, plastic waste and excess paper usage from traditional packing slip envelope systems are eliminated.
Similar to the TwinPrint®, FOX IV's Quick Slip™ system also repurposes the label liner to become a packing slip. The Quick Slip™ features a pre-printed, visible top side that identifies it as the packing slip while concealing the contents information underneath on the label liner. It has the same environmental benefits as the TwinPrint® with the elimination of liner and traditional packing slip waste.
FOX IV's 6900 Series Inserters take a different approach to environmental impact. Instead of using a large piece of paper or labels, the Inserters print onto thin, cost effective, direct thermal tag stock, cut and insert the tag into an open top container. Because tags are cut to size, waste from label gap material as well as label liner and ribbon waste are completely eliminated.
In addition to equipment design, FOX IV offers optional features and equipment to decrease energy consumption. Electric application assemblies are available for traditional print and apply systems to reduce the use of factory air. Electric application assemblies include cylinder/tamp, merge/wipe, and vacuum belt.
Another efficiency option for traditional pneumatic labeling systems is an air flow monitoring system. This system monitors the air usage of the labeling system to regulate and report on the air usage. With this system, companies can then adjust air usage to optimal levels and reduce energy consumption.
In addition to equipment design and efficiency options to minimize energy usage and waste, FOX IV as a company is doing their part by continually adding and evaluating programs to reduce our environmental impact. Our company wide recycling initiative targets several materials including cardboard, electrical components, plastics, and scrap metal including turnings from our machining operations. FOX IV also reuses shipping material whenever possible. Items such as boxes and packing material may be used for outgoing shipments of parts, labels, or other such products.
Our "lights out" policy seeks to reduce our electric consumption by encouraging employees to turn off light sources when areas are unoccupied, such as offices and cafe areas, and unplug energy consuming equipment when not in use. We also ensure proper disposal of oils and municipal waste.
Future initiatives include the installation of a compressed air monitoring system in our plant to monitor and adjust factory air usage to increase overall efficiency.
Contact FOX IV with your labeling application requirements. We will have a representative contact you to discuss your needs and answer your questions.