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. Apart from speed, there are other numerous differences; you should know this. When selecting the bet machine for you, you should 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 lie of production. There is a difference in how the machines are activated and loaded, although both of them have automatic label application. 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. 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.
Semi-automatic machines are less cheaper compared to automatic ones which cost tens of thousands. You will have increased operation costs with the semi-automatic since you will need to have an employee at hand to operate the machine. Apart from calibration, fully automated applicators need minimal human intervention. 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.
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. Configuring the machine for different containers and label will take some time. The design of semi-automatic achiness is such that they can only apply one label. 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 label position will be detected by the sensors that are fitted on the machine. Light sensors will be the best for plastic, foil and paper labels. You should not base your selection between the two designs on their speed. 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.