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materials, and thicknesses, all of which can
affect how the labeling machine works.
"Accurate samples are essential," says
Schneider. "We once had a customer provide
a whiskey bottle sample made in the US using a certain material as a label. Yet their actual production used a bottle made in Italy
using a different labeling material. This disrupted the accuracy of the label placement.
Unfortunately, the equipment needed to be
reconfigured after shipment."
Logistics of space
Space can be a valuable commodity in today's production facilities. Efficiency of
space has become an industry buzzword.
When establishing a labeling system, footprint is a primary concern.
If space requirements are discussed early in
the process, a solution can be engineered
more often than not. But those space requirements need to be part of the conversation from the beginning. Knowing space
constraints earlier rather than later can
mean the difference between building that
foundation on bedrock or sand, CTM says.
"Sometimes, ambitiously tight footprints
wrestle with reality," says Wade. "Design a
space too small for an operator, for example,
and changeover becomes more cumbersome.
Other practicalities can prove vastly challenging as well as expensive. It is essentially
a negotiated tug of war with physics and dimensions of space. It is important to consider if a shorter labeling footprint is worth any
potentially increased expense or limitation
to the function of the labeling system."
can make radical
where the product
is placed on a
conveyor, how the
aspects of a
designed, or how
the machinery is
JERRY WADE, CTM
Automatic vs. semi-automatic
Deciding between automatic or semi-automatic alignment really depends on the product itself. Naturally, a customer invests in a
labeling system to speed up processes that
are most likely being done by hand. Yet in
many cases, fully automating every labeling
aspect is not always feasible, cost-efficient,
or even ideal for optimized production.
Some products may be tough for a conveyor
to hit consistently in an automated set-up,
perhaps due to an irregular surface, a complex shape, or other logistics. An engineered
semi-automatic design may be optimal for
expense as well as production needs.
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