21 Jan Mercedes-Benz Visits System Label
This week Daimler AG visited System Label to audit the Company’s manufacturing facility in Roscommon. On the back of an audit the previous week from STILL, a leading European supplier of forklift trucks, System Label was well prepared for the Daimler inquisition. A team of four procurement specialists from Daimler’s German manufacturing plant arrived at System Label Headquarters to audit the firm. The Daimler team hailed from from a Manufacturing plant where there are 45,000 people employed in a facility that is 2km long. The German facility takes 30 minutes to walk from one end to the other. Based on this it is safe to say, the Daimler team had no problem finding their way around System Label.
Daimler is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Some of the brands under the Company’s umbrella include Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Smart Automobile, Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses and Setra to name but a few.
Upon arriving it was straight down to business as System Label’s quality systems were stringently examined, but did not falter even slightly. System Label’s ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 are embedded quality controls the Company follows rigorously. In addition to these standards, the Daimler Quality Engineer was impressed by the Company’s added UL Approved Label Manufacturing status, and the ability to provide full PPAP/ISIR and PSW Submissions.
Next on the pecking order was System Label’s manufacturing capabilities. The Daimler team investigated all elements of manufacturing including the digital printing department, reel-to-reel printing area, exact colour matching in the ink mixing quarters, as well as the screen printing area. Daimler was happy on all accounts and commented positively on the Company’s attention to detail at every stage in the labelling process.
At each stage in the audit the Daimler Team placed a constant emphasis on the importance of efficiency when applying the labels to their automobiles. In the Daimler facility an E-Class Mercedes is produced every 90 seconds. System Label back splits the Mercedes labels which saves valuable seconds in an environment where perfection is required every time.
System Label currently provide a wide range of labels and decals to Daimler including labels for their A-Class and Sprinter van ranges to name but a few. Niall O’Shea, Managing Director of System Label commented:
“We are delighted to be working with Daimler and we are thrilled all our manufacturing controls are performing at even the highest level. It is a privilege to welcome Daimler and we hope to tighten our relationship with them in the future. This visit further emphasises System Label’s ability to perform on an international scale”.
The visit proved to be an immense success as it highlighted other possible areas for business between the two Companies. The Daimler team proved to be extremely happy with the Company’s performance and ability to deliver a high quality product, on time, and at a competitive price.