Dole banana farm chooses TSC TTP-247 to improve weight-measurement efficiency

Food pick and pack processing_TTP-247

MARKET:
Food Industry

APPLICATION:
Pick and pack processing

MODEL:
TTP-247

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Background:
Dole Corporation in Costa Rica was experiencing quality-control issues at its banana-packing facility. Because bananas vary in weight from bundle to bundle, keeping the weight of shipping crates uniform was a constant challenge. Dole needed to ensure that each packaged crate contained enough bananas by weight.

Solution:
To address the problem, a Costa Rican systems integrator, Roma Representative, developed an integrated solution that combined a weigh scale and TSC TTP-247 thermal transfer desktop printer connected via Ethernet. A worker places an empty container onto the scale and begins packing it with banana bundles. After the case reaches the correct weight, the printer automatically prints a case identification label, and it is sent down the line for final packaging and shipment. If there are any weight discrepancies, the box is transferred to an inspection station .

The Ethernet-equipped TSC TTP-247 proved to be a durable, cost-effective label-printing solution for Dole. The small-footprint printer fit easily into cramped spaces on the production line and offered a rugged design that performed reliably and durably, despite tough packing-line conditions. Its large-capacity 300 meter ribbon supply and large 5" OD supply of labels minimized the downtime required to change media.

Benefits:
• Increased production line efficiency
• Improved quality control on the pick/pack line
• Minimized downtime when changing ribbons and labels
• Easy drop-in media loading due to user-friendly clamshell design

TTP-247 Features:
The TTP-247 thermal transfer desktop barcode printer delivers more performance for the price than any other printer in its class. The TTP-247 runs at an impressive 7 inches per second, printing images up to 4 inches wide at 203 dpi resolution, and offering 8 MB of SDRAM and 4 MB of onboard Flash memory. Gigabytes of Flash memory can be added via an onboard SD card reader.

TTP-247 offers USB 2.0, parallel and serial connectivity, plus an optional Ethernet port for networking. It also incorporates the TSPL-EZ™ printer-control language, which is fully compatible with other TSC printer languages, while supporting TPLE (Translation Printer Language Eltron®) and TPLZ (Translation Printer Language Zebra®). The languages automatically decipher and translate the format of each label as it is sent to the printer. TSPL-EZ™ also features internal scalable True Type fonts (based on the Monotype® font engine), which are typically found only in more expensive printers.

TTP-247 features a user-friendly clamshell design for easy drop-in media loading, along with a rugged double-wall design that is stronger and more durable than other thermal transfer mechanisms on the market. Its innovative two-motor gear-driven engine is powerful enough to handle a 300 meter ribbon and label rolls up to 8.4 inches in diameter.

About Dole Corporation:
Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc. is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, with 2010 revenues of $6.9 billion. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce-industry leader in nutrition education and research. The company does business in more than 90 countries and employs worldwide, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees.

Representative ROMA, San Jose – Costa Rica
Founded in 1978, Representative ROMA is a San Jose, Costa Rica-based distributor, integrator and designer of industrial equipment used in the fields of weighing, packaging, and material-handling processing.

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