Semi-Automatic Versus Automatic Label Applicator: Differences Between Them
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. 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. There is a difference in how the machines are activated and loaded, although both of them have automatic label application. What is used in applying labels to lined up applicators is semi-automatic machine.
For batches of small products, the machine is loaded by hand, and fast labeling is enabled by integrating it into your production line. The machine is triggered by a connected machine or a switch operated by an employer to apply the label. When it comes to automatic machines, they 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. Selecting the ultimate machine will, therefore require you to match the up-from costs of the machine with operating costs while also looking at the 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. Semi-automatic label applicators do not have package flexibility because they are constrained to one container type such as either oval or rectangular. The models for labeling various containers like wine bottles, cosmetic containers and e-liquid bottles are available.
Setting up will take less time if the applicator is more specialized. Since they accommodate a wide range of products, automatic label applicators will allow you to change container sizes and shapes in the line of production. 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. With a clever design of the spool, you can apply multiple labels using this machine.
However, the added positioning will lead to an increased rate of labeling errors. The label position will be detected by the sensors that are fitted on the machine. For plastic, foil and paper labels, light sensors will work. 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. What will determine the application rate in semi-automatic machines is the container type and label size.