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Print and Apply

Don’t let the name fool you. A Tension Print and Apply system does more than create a label. It drives increases in operating clerk efficiency and can decrease the possibility of errors.

Print and Apply systems work either with a networked warehouse management system (WMS) or as a standalone database. In typical operations, your package is scanned and weighed, and the resulting label with customer-specific information is automatically applied. Tension Print and Apply solutions:

  • Apply shipping labels directly to the package.
  • Integrate into your automated packaging machine for seamless operations.
  • Interface with your WMS or standalone with an individual database.
  • Create a package that is ready to be sorted and manifested.

A Tension Account Executive works closely with you to learn about your operations, recommending a Print and Apply solution after considering your unique space, goals and requirements. 

Accuracy Increased

Increase operator accuracy by ensuring each label matches the intended package
Increase operator accuracy by ensuring each label matches the intended package

Improve the Intake

Up your operator's efficiency by removing the time-consuming step of peeling and applying a label
Up your operator's efficiency by removing the time-consuming step of peeling and applying a label

Interfaced for Info

Interface with your distribution center’s WMS or packing software for order information
Interface with your distribution center’s WMS or packing software for order information

Already Included

Modules are frequently integrated into your automated packing machine
Modules are frequently integrated into your automated packing machine

Put Tension Print and Apply solutions to work for you. When compared to time-consuming hand operations, Print and Apply automated solutions decrease your labor costs and increase order accuracy. Tension selects field-tested, best-in-class components to integrate into its automated baggers, SLAM lines (Scanning, Labeling and Manifesting), and custom solutions.

How it Works

Your Print and Apply solution can be either standalone or integrated with your distribution center’s warehouse management system. In typical operations:

  • The barcode is scanned to identify the package.
  • The package is weighed, and the best shipping rate is determined.
  • The shipping label is printed and applied.
  • The shipping label is scanned once more to ensure the label and intended package match, and that the correct labels are on each package.

The Print and Apply module communicates with your WMS or standalone system throughout this process.

Putting the Pieces Together

Tension’s Automated Print and Apply systems have several components depending on your operation and your automated packing needs. In addition to the printer or labels, scanners, scales and softwares can all be part of Print and Apply solutions. Typical systems can include:

  • Barcode scanners for package identification.
  • Print/apply machine to produce the label.
  • Infeed or outbound conveyors to expedite the packing process.
  • Scanner to read and verify the printed label.
  • Software which interfaces with your WMS.
  • Shipping software to determine the best pricing.

Contact us to learn more about how Tension Print and Apply systems can save you money, improve your accuracy and up your efficiency. 

Product Specifications: 
  • Actual throughput/output varies by operation. Factors including, but not limited to, staffing levels and productivity, workflow presentation, data/scanning interfaces, product availability and order/product mix impact results. Contact Tension for details.