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. It is worth noting that there are other differences of the two label applicators apart from 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. Although both machines have automatic label application, the differ in how they are activated and loaded. What is used in applying labels to lined up applicators is semi-automatic machine.
The machine is loaded by hand for batches of small products, and faster labeling is achieved by integrating it in your production line. To apply the label, the machine is triggered by a switch operated by an employee or a connected machine. Automatic label machines will have a system for positioning the containers to be labeled on the other hand. In existence are automatic label applicators that can reposition the container numerous times to so that it can be labeled severally. Balancing the up-front costs of the machine with its operating costs while considering the flexibility will help in choosing the best equipment.
The price of semi-automatic applicators is less compared to that of automatic machines. Since you will need to hire a worker to operate the semi-automatic machine, you will have increased costs. Fully automated applicators require minimal human intervention apart from calibration. Semi-automatic label applicators do not have package flexibility because they are constrained to one container type such as either oval or rectangular. In existence are different models of semi-automatic machines for labeling various containers like 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. Semi-automatic are designed in a manner that allows them to apply one label. Multiple label application can be done if you come up with clever spool design.
Due to the increased positioning, the labeling errors will be increased. The machine is fitted with sensors responsible for detecting the label position. Light sensors will be the best for plastic, foil and paper labels. 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. The application of automatic machines is high-speed production. What will determine the application rate in semi-automatic machines is the container type and label size.