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How to Move Away from Manual Food Label Application

How to Move Away from Manual Food Label Application

What are Label Applicators?

Label printer applicators are robots that automatically print and apply pressure sensitive labels to various products. Pressure sensitive labels consist of a label substrate and adhesive.

Basic label printer applicators consist of three primary parts: a printer, or print engine, and applicator and a method to handle the media (labels and ribbons).

What industries benefit from a label application solution?

There are many industries that would benefit from this solution including:

  • Manufacturing;
  • Pharmaceutical;
  • Logistics;
  • Food Production.

For this post we will be focusing on implementing a label application solution in a food manufacturing plant, and the process of moving away from manual label application.

Should I replace manual label application for an automated solution in my food production plant?

There are many factors to think about when considering implementing a label application solution. The first thing to think about is how large is the business? Is it just a few hundred products being produced and packaged every week, or hundreds going out a day? If it is a smaller quantity, is there room for expansion in the future? Can you afford the time and cost of having employees individually label all stock?

label application system can be an expensive solution to implement, so it is important to consider the above questions to know whether or not it will be cost effective in the long run.

Is accuracy important to your final product? Do you have or need a quality system in place to ensure that all products get labelled, that there is no double labelling, improper application, or incorrect labels?

The food industry needs to be extremely careful with their labelling as they have numerous regulations to follow, and they also have store labelling procedures to follow. If food labels are inaccurate, grocery stores can send the goods back at the cost to the supplier and can also fine them thousands of Euros.

Human error can cost an enormous amount of waste in the manufacturing industry and with a manual system it is easy to make mistake. It would be worth considering all the time lost and all the waste that comes from human error and see if an automated system would be more beneficial.

Benefits of a label application solution for the food industry:

  • Cost effective in the long run;
  • Reduces human error;
  • Reduces waste;
  • Time effective.

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How can I find the correct labelling application solution for my business?

As there are many different label application solutions available we would need to conduct a full site survey before we could recommend a solution that would be right for your business.

Our engineers would go onsite and evaluate your production area, find out the quantities produced per week, and go through the labelling solution that is currently in place. Taking into account everything that we would learn during the evaluation we could then put forward our recommendation for a solution.

We can supply and service out of the box solutions, or we can develop, design and build an application system completely bespoke to your needs. Our intelligent systems will offer you complete application control and as the business grows, the solution can grow.

Our engineers will also provide full training and follow up maintenance, specific to your requirements. For more information on label application solutions, or to request an evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact us.

ADC Barcode is involved in the supply of barcode scanners, barcode label printers, barcode verifiers and label applicators. We also provide custom software, EPOS systems & hardware, RFID and wireless networking technology amongst other professional services. Get in touch now and obtain more information.

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