‘Fox-In-A-Box’ – recently launched by Silver Fox, a leading UK manufacturer of labelling solutions – is proving its worth as a cost-effective solution for printing large volumes of cable labels with all the essential components supplied in a single box.
The kit includes a Plug’N’Play thermal printer, labelling software, a universal guidance system for heat-shrink and non-shrink tubing, full length thermal ribbon and connecting cables – in fact everything needed to start printing labels. To help with setting up, there is also a manual and the company offers a free bookable telephone support/set-up session that also includes software training.
Already, Fox-In-A-Box has helped industrial labelling specialist, Waverley Engraving, to fulfil a large order that would have otherwise been impossible.
Based near St Albans, in Hertfordshire, Waverley Engraving specialises in engraving and sign making for the electrical industry, working with contractors for such organisations as London Underground Ltd (LUL) and Network Rail. For the last four years or so, it has been supplying cable labels for use in a number of organisations, including LUL.
Bruce Giffen, Waverley Engraving’s Managing Director explained: “The traditional way of labelling these cables was via placing individual rubber letters onto the cables. It was both intricate and time consuming work. Then newer methods of cable labelling were developed and we began using them. However, there were some major issues with these methods with regards to the quality of the print on the labels.”
So Bruce was quick to buy a Fox-in-a-Box. He soon noticed that it offers some distinct advantages. Importantly, Silver Fox not only manufactures all its labels in the UK but also holds large stocks of label ‘blanks’. This means that Silver Fox can supply its customers’ needs extremely quickly.
“Silver Fox has a larger range of labels – in terms of size and colours – than any other supplier we’ve found,” stated Bruce. “And, because these labels are made in the UK whatever amount of labels we need are only a telephone call away. Delivery is never a problem. For example, we had an order for 1,000 printed cable labels that were being installed that evening but we only had some 800 blanks in stock. So I was able to jump in the car and collect some more from Silver Fox. Any other supplier would have taken between four and six weeks to supply the materials we needed – so without Silver Fox, we couldn’t have taken the order, let alone been able to supply the goods within the necessary timescale.
“I see our relationship with Silver Fox progressing very nicely,” said Bruce. “We’re involved with some large Network Rail and Transport for London (TFL) projects – and the labelling of cables is a requirement on most electrical installations these days. Silver Fox is very supportive as a supplier. It’s certainly helping this small part of ‘UK plc’ to prosper and grow in challenging economic times.”