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Chaining of Tracking Labels in Distribution Centers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000102194D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gregory Jr, WD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a module of software code that would relate pre-printed sequential bar-coded labels to a master label that is demand-printed. A master label would be produced for the identifiable cartons. The master label, as shown in the figure, contains relevant information about the contents. The master carton labels would be affixed to the carton so that information known about that carton and its contents is available to the worker by scanning the bar-coded label. As cartons are opened and merchandise is checked, new information is added to the database, which, in an interactive system, would be available to the next worker that scans the bar-coded label.

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Chaining of Tracking Labels in Distribution Centers

       Disclosed is a module of software code that would relate
pre-printed sequential bar-coded labels to a master label that is
demand-printed.  A master label would be produced for the
identifiable cartons.  The master label, as shown in the figure,
contains relevant information about the contents.  The master carton
labels would be affixed to the carton so that information known about
that carton and its contents is available to the worker by scanning
the bar-coded label.  As cartons are opened and merchandise is
checked, new information is added to the database, which, in an
interactive system, would be available to the next worker that scans
the bar-coded label.

      In distribution centers, items from one container are allocated
to fill orders.  Items from one carton are dispersed into multiple
cartons.  The master label is applied to the first carton in the new
grouping.  The worker affixes a pre-printed sequential label from a
roll to the new cartons.  The sequential label, as seen in the
figure, is an index number with no intelligence in the printed data
other than the uniqueness of the sequence number.  The filled cartons
are closed and sent to the exit point for that processing area.  At
this point, the master carton label would be scanned, a function key
on the terminal would be depressed which would initiate a chaining
function.  The worker would then scan each subsequent carton within
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