Deciphering a manufacturing product label can be like trying to read a secret message without the decoder ring.
Well, we are letting the secret out.
Below are the keys to understanding your CFT product label.
The first thing you will see is the Item#. It looks like something out of a child’s bowl of ABCs and 123s soup. The first two characters indicate the first two letters of the product group. The sample label begins with LD which stands for Low Density. The next space will either be empty to represent sheeting or contain an “R” which stands for the roll (sometimes also known as a master log). The fourth space tells our manufacturing team if your product is to have PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) applied. This is represented by a “P” for with PSA or an “O” for without PSA. The fifth space is reserved for color.
(B= black or blue, G= Gray, W=White) The gauge is represented in the next space and is expressed in either alpha or numerical character. (Please refer to your packing slip for gauge identification as the listing is to extensive to provide in this document.) Spaces 7&8 are for the width of the roll. (48”, 50”, 56”) The final space is reserved for a unique identifier that marks the item code and product as yours.
Our sample label has an item code of LDROBK541– Low-Density roll, without PSA, black, 10mm, 54” wide.
To the right of the label, you will see INSP# XXX, this represents the person doing the final inspection of your product. It is the job of the inspector to make sure your item has been produced to your specification as well as check for any special labeling that may be required.
Roll#: The first six digits are the date the product was produced. The next six numbers are the product serial number. The serial number is used for traceability in the event of a product issue.
Bin Location: This spot is used for items that are pulled from inventory. Crown Foam Technologies rarely has stock of an item as the majority of CFT products are made to order.
PCS or Linear Ft: This shows the number of sheets or the length of the roll. Sometimes the pre-printed amount will have a line through it and another number written in its place. This happens when rolls are either shorter or longer than the standard length for the item.
WGT: Each roll is weighed for shipment. This number can change from roll to roll. (due to ranges in density or roll length.)
WO: this is the work order assigned to your purchase order for a specific item. It will contain detailed requirements for this item. Roll width and length, core type, gauge, product type, density and any other special requirements that were established at the time of quotation for your product.
LG: If an allowance is available for this item, it will be printed in the LG portion of the label.
The four-digit numbers at the bottom right of the label represent the label number. Each item has a unique label number. A bolded number is also on the bottom right-hand side of the label. Our labels are printed in many parts. The ticket with the bolded 1, will go with the shipment. Copy 2 can also go with the shipment (if requested by the customer) or be forwarded to accounting with copy #3 for tracking purposes.
Now that you have the basic knowledge of a CFT product label; Happy Deciphering!