When you run a manufacturing line, there are many things that you can do to make the process more efficient, like having automatic and semi-automatic labeling systems in place. You can use either an automatic or a semi-automatic labeling machine to put product labels on parts and products, or simply to apply bar codes for inventory purposes. If you're in the market for such a machine, there are a few things you need to consider before making such an investment.
The main thing you need to think about before buying an automatic labeler is the types of jobs that you'll be using the machine for. They typically come in various levels of automation:
1. Fully automatic labelers
2. Semi-automatic labeling equipment
3. A mixture of the two, depending on your manufacturing needs
Look for automatic labeling machines that are easy to change in the middle of a jobOne of the first things that you should look for in a machine is ease of use, and the ease with which you can switch between print jobs. Some machines may take hours to change jobs, while others take mere minutes. This can make a huge difference in your profits, so choose carefully.
Find automated labeling systems that are as versatile as the products you manufactureA lot of automatic labeling equipment is designed for just one purpose, and that can cause problems if you plan to label, say, the sides and the top of a jar in the same pass. Generally a labeler can do wrap labels, or front, back or top labels. Many machines can do several of these, which make them a better investment in the long run. You may also be interested in one that does relabeling, in case something gets missed in the production line.
Choose an automatic label system that fits your budgetAn automatic labeler is a big investment, so it's important to shop around for the right features and price point. Many companies don't tell their prices up front, so you need to contact them directly to find out what sort of prices they offer. Don't be afraid to haggle if the price isn't what you want, because they usually have a bit of flexibility.
- Depending on the product you're applying the label to, you may want to choose an automatic labeling system that has been proven to work on that surface. Some machines use air or manual wiping to make sure that the label goes on securely every time.