What makes a good print and apply labeller?

26 September 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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A good print and apply system can greatly improve efficiency on a production line.

Print and apply label system.

Print and Apply labeller

To print and apply the perfect barcode label consideration for the following items is critical;

Application. Non contact blow on applicators offer the advantage of few moving parts and no parts in contact with the moving product.  Ultra light weight applicators should be used if the label is required to be applied to a cardboard surface. Less weight = less wear.

Real time labelling. One-to-one labelling means there are no pre-printed labels on the label web or loop waiting to be applied. This means real time print data such as sequential number or real time clock data is absolutely accurate. No loop minimises label waste at product change over.

Consumable stocks. In a high volume production, the downtime costs are high and therefore label roll capacity should be considered along with easy consumable changes from simple mechanical designs with as few threading rollers as possible.

Application speed. This can be as low as 10 ppm or as high as 100 ppm dependant of type of product.  Any equipment supplied must be capable of achieving the desired speed with contingency should line speeds increase at a later date.

Reliability. The labelling solution is a critical part of the line process and must provide high degrees of efficiency, reliability, performance and accuracy.

User Interface & Operation. A simplified User Interface ensures busy operatives can effectively set-up and replenish the labeller. Using standard label designs with pre-configured variable data, which can be recalled, collected, and uploaded locally or across the network.  Large TDI touch-screens with intelligent fault finding diagnostics allow any faults to be easily recognised and resolved quickly.

Barcode Validation / Verification. Barcode quality is key, on line validation in essence records every barcode printed and applied and is the control between the labeller and line PLC to trigger a stop should the barcode fail to be read or fall below the standard for scanning.

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