Almost all pharmaceutical and consumer goods have labels pasted on their containers, be it cartons or bottles. The operations of any packaging line can greatly benefit from a label applicator in terms of improved speed and efficiency. Based on the budget and volume of labeling workload, you can make a choice of the most appropriate label dispenser. It is worth noting that numerous factors come into play when purchasing labeling equipment. Considering that labeling equipment will be used on an almost daily basis for several years, labeling equipment should therefore be regarded as a serious investment and should never be taken lightly. Similar to how purchasing a new car is not taken lightly, buying a complete labeling system should be treated the same since they could easily cost more or less the same. Here are some tips to follow the next time you consider purchasing labeling equipment.
Among the most vital factors to consider is setting a realistic budget. Depending on the sophistication of your machine of choice, label application systems can range from thousands of dollars to several hundred. Since manual application machines are the easiest to use, the cost often begins at around several hundred dollars. Machinery can be outgrown rather quickly due to production expansion. Semiautomatic labeling machines go for several thousand dollars and with special configurations included, the price could easily reach USD10,000 or more.
Before you purchase any labeling equipment, it is necessary that you fully understand your containers. While most labeling equipment are designed to accommodate various container sizes, different products require varying container types, hence specific labeling equipment for each. Generally, used equipment is cheaper but can have wear and tear which affects labeling accuracy.
Understanding your labeling needs is crucial to purchasing the right kind of labeling equipment. By developing a labeling strategy, it becomes very easy to select labeling equipment that can perform your desired tasks successfully. Prior to purchasing any labeling equipment, it is imperative to carefully consider all the aspects of your labeling capabilities and production such as; labeling speed, number of labelled units per day, labor costs, space for equipment, possibility of production expansion and container shape/material.
Additionally, compare the machine features offered by different labeling machines. When comparing different machines, there are about six factors necessary to bear in mind i.e. specifications, product dimensions, roll capability, standard features and options. Additionally, whenever you compare machines you should consider equipment maintenance costs and shipping rates. Generally, when you understand your labeling and production needs, making a purchase decision is made much easier since you are in a better position to decide the desired machine speed, functions and type.