The Differences Between Semi-Automatic and Automatic Labeling Machines
Considering the manes of the label applicators, the automatic one will be faster than the semi-automatic. However, you should know that there are many differences apart from the 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. Although both machines have automatic label application, the differ in how they are activated and loaded. What is used in applying labels to lined up applicators is semi-automatic machine.
The machine is loaded by hand for batches of small products, and faster labeling is achieved by integrating 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. 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.
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. 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. 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. You will be allowed to change container sizes and shapes on the line of production if you use automatic machines because they accommodate various products. 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. Multiple label application can be done if you come up with clever spool design.
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. 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. The rate of working may be the same for some types of semi-automatic applicators and some designs of automatic machines. For high-speed production requirements, automatic applicators are used. The application rates of semi-automatic labeling equipment will vary with the type of container and size of the label.