Semi-Automatic Versus Automatic Label Applicator: Differences Between Them
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. 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. Both types of machines have automatic label application and the difference comes in with how they are activated and loaded. Lined up containers are applied on labels by a semi-automatic applicator.
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. 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.
The price of semi-automatic applicators is less compared to that of automatic machines. 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. The models for labeling various containers like wine bottles, cosmetic containers and e-liquid bottles are available.
Setting up will take less time if the applicator is more specialized. 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. Semi-automatic are designed in a manner that allows them to apply one label. This machine can be used to apply several labels with clever design of the spool.
Unfortunately , labeling errors will be increased with the added positioning. The label position will be detected by the sensors that are fitted on the machine. For plastic, foil and paper labels, light sensors will work. When selecting between the two designs, speed is not very important. 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. The application rates of semi-automatic labeling equipment will vary with the type of container and size of the label.