The Differences Between Semi-Automatic and Automatic Labeling Machines
According to the names, it goes without say that the automatic label applicator will be faster compared to the semi-automatic one. It is worth noting that there are other differences of the two label applicators apart from speed. Selecting the right machine will be possible if you consider the design of the machine, the types of packages you want to label, the types of labels you use and the speed of your line of production. Both types of machines have automatic label application and the difference comes in with how they are activated and loaded. A semiautomatic applicator is used in applying labels to lined up containers.
Hand-loading the machine is done for small batches of small products, fast labeling is achieved by incorporating it in your production line. The machine is triggered by a connected machine or a switch operated by an employer to apply the label. Automatic label machines will have a system for positioning the containers to be labeled on the other hand. There are automatic machines with the ability of repositioning the container severally for application of many labels. 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. Apart from calibration, fully automated applicators need minimal human intervention. 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.
Setting up will take less time if the applicator is more specialized. 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. The design of semi-automatic achiness is such that they can only apply one label. With a clever design of the spool, you can apply multiple labels using this machine.
Unfortunately , labeling errors will be increased with the added positioning. The machines depend on sensors for application because they will detect the label position. For plastic, foil and paper labels, light sensors will work. You should not base your selection between the two designs on their speed. In the market, there are types of semi-automatic machines that have the same rate as automatic label applicators. For high-speed production requirements, automatic applicators are used. What will determine the application rate in semi-automatic machines is the container type and label size.