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. 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. Both types of machines have automatic label application and the difference comes in with how they are activated and loaded. A semiautomatic applicator is used in applying labels to lined up containers.
For batches of small products, the machine is loaded by hand, and fast labeling is enabled by integrating it into 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. 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. With the semi-automatic, you will need to employ a worker to operate the machine, hence increased operation costs. 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. There are different models for different types of containers such as wine bottles, cosmetic containers and e-liquid bottles.
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. Only one label can be applied by a semi-automatic machine; this is their design. 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 machines depend on sensors for application because they will detect the label position. The best sensors for plastic, foil and paper labels are the light ones. You should not base your selection between the two designs on their speed. You may find some types semi-automatic applicators that will work at the same rate as automatic machines. For high-speed production requirements, automatic applicators are used. What will determine the application rate in semi-automatic machines is the container type and label size.