GLS / NEXT Precision Marketing acquires SITMA® Inserter / Polywrapper, automates ANOC and SPP kitting with 100% accuracy.
GLS / NEXT recently invested in combined kitting technology to improve accuracy, reduce costs and turn-around time for customers. According to Geoff Blumer, a GLS / NEXT account representative, “Based on previously completed hand-assembled jobs, it takes 100 hand-workers approximately one day to assemble 5,000 kits. The SITMA® Polywrapper (SITMA®) has the capability to produce an average of 3,000-5,000 kits per hour — and up to 10,000 kits per hour, depending on the contents of the kit.
Because the handwork is eliminated with automation, there is a savings in the cost of labor. Account Representative Brian Kingery remarked, “I believe one of my customers will save up to 10% on their monthly kitting costs, which for them adds up to $250,000/year.
Over the last five years,160,000 ANOC (Annual Notice of Change) and SPP (Select Provider Program) kits were hand-assembled by GLS / NEXT for a large health insurance provider. Six human errors out of 160,000 kits were reported. Said Blumer, Account Representative for GLS / NEXT Precision Marketing, “Hand-assembly is slower and subject to human error, we needed to find a better solution for our client.” GLS / NEXT responded by investigating and ultimately constructing a solution.
The SITMA® in operation at GLS / NEXT, is a unique piece of equipment because it has been customized to ensure 100% accuracy for every kit it produces. To accomplish this, 2D barcoding technology was installed.
Mounted cameras on nine feeding stations scan a preprinted 2D bar code on each piece, which assigns it to a specific feeder. As a job is running, if a scanner reads a bar code that does not match its assigned feeding station, the SITMA® automatically shuts down and alerts the operator of a mismatched code so that immediate corrective action may be taken. This technology ensures that every piece inserted for a kit matches to the correct individual 100% of the time.
A final inspection occurs as the polywrapped kits are being stacked. This step verifies that the contents of each bag matches the programmed kit ID specifications.
Reporting generated by the 2D barcoding interface enables GLS / NEXT to verify the accuracy and deliver detailed reports containing the name, address and customized contents of a kit.
According to GLS / NEXT Vice President of Operations Steve Kirk, “There is no known equivalent to this complete technology available anywhere. It’s a ground-breaking solution, especially for industries that must safeguard their customer’s private information or assets.”
The SITMA® Inserter / Polywrapper’s faster turn-around time helps insurers, healthcare and financial institutions comply with federal regulations and avoid financial penalities. Quicker production also allows customers to have more flexibility in their own schedule to meet compliance and implement mandated changes.
Other features of the GLS / NEXT SITMA® include: preprinted polywrap, inkjet personalized addressing and messaging, shrink-wrapping, and collating.
View the SITMA® Inserter / Polywrapper in action.