Product labeling has dramatically advanced in recent decades. Every size of operation from small scale to internationally distributed products can benefit from these innovations. They can add efficiency through value-packed features that help industrial packagers and manufacturers lower costs.
To help your operations reap the benefits of modern industrial labeling solutions, consider the following four efficient innovations below.
Print and Apply Labeling Systems
Print and apply labeling systems like the FoxJet LS6000 combine two functions that allow you to streamline your process and reduce the steps in your recipe. Purchasing one of these systems eliminates the need to produce reels of pre-printed labels.
Consequently, labels do not have to be changed out should a different product be run through the same line. The operator simply selects another job from the printer.
Another less obvious benefit is that print-and-apply systems print labels on-demand. Under this arrangement, there is no risk of overproduction of a certain label that later gets wasted. You also do not have to store and organize different label reels in order to accommodate multiple product types.
The end result is a more efficient process that can flexibly meet the dynamic needs of today’s manufacturers and contract packagers.
Intuitive Control Interfaces and Touchscreen Modules
Touchscreen interfaces have created one of the most significant leaps in labeling efficiency by enabling immediate and total control of print processes. For example, the Linx TT5 & TT10 series thermal transfer overprinters can allow operators to easily select coding, marking, and labeling jobs through a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) interface. Jobs are displayed clearly, and the color interface leads to fewer errors and less operator training.
Another important feature that touch displays offer is the ability to display diagnostics. Manufacturers can use these diagnostics to identify needed maintenance or diagnose problems instantly, reducing downtimes and increasing the average rate of throughput.
Tabletop Labeling for Improved Process and Logistics
Tabletop labeling systems like the Datamax M-Class Mark II allow for single job printing with a compact footprint and complete user control. These labels are commonly used in manufacturing operations and logistics for asset tracking, sorting, cross-docking, pallet tracking, and other functions.
Using scannable, printable labels for these situations enables greater transparency within the process and the supply chain, allowing you to identify common bottlenecks and sources of error that lead to inefficiency.
Product Designs Enabling Quick Changeovers for High Return on Investment
Modern manufacturing equipment must be versatile. It should easily accommodate product switches with minimal changeover. Few labeling machines are purchased these days with single-function purposes since modern contract packaging and manufacturing demands flexibility.
The FoxJet LS4750 label applicator, for instance, can change configurations to accommodate corner wraps, top, side, bottom, or tamp/blow label applications. Tamp pads can be quickly swapped for easy, efficient changeovers from one product to another.
The Videojet 9550 series goes even further by automating adjustments to label placement in order to accommodate varying line speeds, throughput or package sizes.
Find Your Own Efficient Industrial Labeling Solutions With Raab
Raab Sales makes it easy to identify the perfect industrial labeling equipment or systems to increase throughput, lower overhead, reduce downtimes, and overall add efficiency to your line.
Take a look at our industrial labeling solutions we have available to start the process of revolutionizing your own product or packaging line.