An integral part of successful manufacturing and logistics is accurate and efficient labelling. Labelling done well can ensure an efficient production process, but if done inefficiently, it can also cost a business money and time. Print and apply labelling stands out for its ease of use, its low cost of ownership, and its efficiency.
Print and apply labelling
Users can create and apply labels directly to products and packaging. Labels can carry data including alphanumeric text, barcodes, serialisation, 2D codes, QR codes, addressing, personalization, graphics, and more in an accurate and cost-effective manner. Using these technologies can help you increase efficiency in a number of ways, reducing scrap reruns, human error, and labour costs, and letting you focus on meeting customer demands and core requirements.
Creating profitability through using labelling machines is achieved through various mechanisms:
- Efficiency- Machine efficiency reduces the chances of human error, allows for cost savings on human labour output and eradicates the potential of inefficiencies. Essentially you can get 1 machine to do multiple peoples jobs, not pay the machine insurance, healthcare, benefits or holiday pay and allocate those human resources elsewhere more effectively. There is little to no risk of complaints due to inaccurate labelling and the quantities can be produced at a much higher rate. Your business can benefit from automated labelling equipment’s speed. Researchers can label up to 900 containers per hour, while tyre manufacturers can apply tread labels every 2.5 seconds. When employees do not have to manually print and stick labels, downtime and waste are reduced. The process increases speed and allows team members to focus on more important, value-added tasks. It also allows specific labels to be printed on demand without stockpiling large quantities of labels for specific products.
- Compliance- Depending on the sector of operation, labelling will require differing levels of detailing and information to remain compliant. With Automated labelling processes, the data is processed and then printed quickly and efficiently and can remain compliant throughout all industries.
- Application- Depending on the differing product, a range of differing labelling techniques can be used. The key here is to make sure you define the size of the label needed relative to the space it will occupy – typically this will be measured by the width and length. Then, think about which application method suits your needs. The label can be applied in four different ways. Although the blow method is fast, easy, and relatively inexpensive, it is not always the most accurate. Tamping, on the other hand, is the most common method. For uneven surfaces, a tamp and blow method is useful. Finally, the wipe method is suitable for long labels.
The labelling machines themselves are designed to integrate to diverse production line layouts. They come in left and right hand versions and can be designed to mount at varying angles – empowering you with flexible options for seamless integration into your manufacturing process and environment.