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. Apart from speed, there are other numerous differences; you should know this. 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. Although both machines have automatic label application, the differ in how they are activated and loaded. Lined up containers are applied on labels by a semi-automatic applicator.
The machine is loaded by hand for batches of small products, and faster labeling is achieved by integrating it in your production line. Application of the label is achieved through a worker operating a switch or a connected machine to trigger the semi-automatic machine. When it comes to automatic machines, they have a system for positioning the containers to be labeled. 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. 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. When it comes to package flexibility, semi-automatic machines are constrained to one container type such as either rectangular or oval. 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. 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 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. In the market, there are types of semi-automatic machines that have the same rate as automatic label applicators. The application of automatic machines is high-speed production. The application rates of semi-automatic labeling equipment will vary with the type of container and size of the label.