The hidden cost of printer failure
In an effort to reduce the total cost of ownership of label printers, regular maintenance and servicing can be regarded as an ‘optional extra’, or unnecessary expense to the production budget. Although this may provide short-term cost savings, this strategy will cost more long-term.
Beyond user frustration, printer failure has a significant negative impact on many aspects of an organisation - lost productivity, increased cost of repairs, lost opportunities, and even impacting a business’s reputation.
This becomes more obvious when the value of the label is considered within the process or the product’s supply chain, e.g. the value of a rejected shipment if the pallet’s barcode label doesn’t scan or the customer dissatisfaction and cost of goods lost in transit if delivery information is illegible.
Following scheduled maintenance plans will help ensure dependability and output. It is also worth noting that since the cost of label printers has dramatically reduced over the last 3-5 years, upgrading or replacing the printer can be surprisingly cost effective when compared to ongoing repair costs.