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. It is worth noting that there are other differences of the two label applicators apart from speed. 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. What is used in applying labels to lined up applicators is semi-automatic machine.
For batches of small products, the machine is loaded by hand, and fast labeling is enabled by integrating it into your production line. To apply the label, the machine is triggered by a switch operated by an employee or a connected machine. On the other hand, automatic applicators will 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. Selecting the ultimate machine will, therefore require you to match the up-from costs of the machine with operating costs while also looking at the flexibility.
Semi-automatic machines are less cheaper compared to automatic ones which cost tens of thousands. Since you will need to hire a worker to operate the semi-automatic machine, you will have increased costs. The human intervention needed by fully automatic machines is less such as calibration. Semi-automatic labeling machines are constrained to one type of container, such as either rectangular or oval only. In existence are different models of semi-automatic machines for labeling various containers like wine bottles, cosmetic containers and e-liquid bottles.
Less time will be taken to set up if the machine 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. More time will be required to configure the label applicator for every container type and label. Only one label can be applied by a semi-automatic machine; this is their design. Multiple label application can be done if you come up with clever spool design.
Due to the increased positioning, the labeling errors will be increased. The machines depend on sensors for application because they will detect the label position. 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. 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.