The Differences Between Semi-Automatic and Automatic Labeling Machines
It goes without say that the automatic label applicator will be faster compared to the semi-automatic one if you consider their names. However, you should know that there are many differences apart from the speed. Considering the design of the label applicator, the types of packages you want to label, the types of labels you use and the speed of your line of production will enable you to choose the ultimate machine. Both types of machines have automatic label application and the difference comes in with how they are activated and loaded. What is used in applying labels to lined up applicators is semi-automatic machine.
Hand-loading the machine is done for small batches of small products, fast labeling is achieved by incorporating it in your production line. To apply the label, the machine is triggered by a switch operated by an employee or a connected machine. On the other hand, automatic applicators will have a system for positioning the containers to be labeled. To enable the container be labeled multiple times, there are automatic machines that can reposition them severally. If you want to find the right equipment, you should balance the upfront-costs with the machine’s operating costs while considering its flexibility.
Compared to automatic label applicators which cost tens of thousands, semi-automatic machines are less cheaper. With the semi-automatic, you will need to employ a worker to operate the machine, hence increased operation costs. The human intervention needed by fully automatic machines is less such as calibration. When it comes to package flexibility, semi-automatic machines are constrained to one container type such as either rectangular or oval. There are different models for different types of containers such as wine bottles, cosmetic containers and e-liquid bottles.
If the machine is more specialized, less time will be required to set up. The benefit of automatic labeling machines is that they accommodate a wide range of products and they will allow you to change shapes and sizes of the containers on the production line. This will result in more time being taken to configure the applicator for different types of label and container. Only one label can be applied by a semi-automatic machine; this is their design. This machine can be used to apply several labels with clever design of the spool.
However, the added positioning will lead to an increased rate of labeling errors. The machines depend on sensors for application because they will detect the label position. The best sensors for plastic, foil and paper labels are the light ones. When selecting between the two designs, speed is not very important. The rate of working may be the same for some types of semi-automatic applicators and some designs of automatic machines. You should bear in mind that automatic achiness are often used for high-speed production. The type of container and the label size will determine the application rate of semi-automatic label applicators.