Automatic labeling can significantly contribute to increasing your bottom line. In today's challenging hiring landscape, finding the right personnel can be a daunting task. That's why it's essential to streamline your operations wherever possible and avoid burdening current employees with the manual labeling of products when they could be engaged in more productive tasks. Automatic labeling can bring both quality and efficiency to your packaging process. If you are currently relying on manual labeling and considering automating the process, it's crucial to be aware of potential issues that can arise if you don't procure the correct labels.
First, communicate with your label supplier about your intention to transition from manual application to automatic application. This step is essential to avoid potential complications that may arise if labels aren't appropriately adapted for automation.
Here are some key considerations for label converters when manufacturing labels for automatic application:
Die Tooling: Ensure that the die is tooled correctly and does not cut into the liner. Cutting the liner can lead to web/liner? breaks and feed issues. Always maintain a sharp cutting tool to prevent downtime.
Flexible Face Sheet: The face sheet of the labels should be flexible rather than rigid.
Adhesive: Use standard acrylic and rubber-based adhesives. Avoid heavy coat weights as they are not recommended for automatic application.
Film Labels: For film labels, static electricity may be a concern. Consider deionizing methods to address this issue and maintain smooth application.
Large Rolls: Automatic application allows for the use of large rolls, typically 12-16" OD (outer diameter). This minimizes changeovers and reduces downtime, ultimately increasing overall efficiency.
By following these guidelines and working closely with your label supplier, you can seamlessly transition to automatic labeling, enhance the efficiency of your packaging process, and ultimately add value to your business's bottom line.