Semi-Automatic Versus Automatic Label Applicator: Differences Between Them
According to the names, it goes without say that the automatic label applicator will be faster compared to the semi-automatic one. However, you should know that there are many differences apart from the 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. Lined up containers are applied on labels by a semi-automatic applicator.
The machine is loaded by hand for batches of small products, and faster labeling is achieved by integrating it in 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. In existence are automatic label applicators that can reposition the container numerous times to so that it can be labeled 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. You will have increased operation costs with the semi-automatic since you will need to have an employee at hand to operate the machine. The human intervention needed by fully automatic machines is less such as calibration. Semi-automatic label applicators do not have package flexibility because they are constrained to one container type such as either oval or rectangular. In existence are different models of semi-automatic machines for labeling various containers like 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. 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. This machine can be used to apply several labels with clever design of the spool.
Due to the increased positioning, the labeling errors will be increased. The machine is fitted with sensors responsible for detecting the label position. For plastic, foil and paper labels, light sensors will work. You will realize that speed is not very crucial when choosing between semi-automatic or automatic machines. The rate of working may be the same for some types of semi-automatic applicators and some designs of automatic machines. The application of automatic machines is high-speed production. The application rates of semi-automatic labeling equipment will vary with the type of container and size of the label.