DVD Label Applicator
Earlier, we delivered a machine system comprising a Side Labeler for very small labels and a Top and Bottom labeler. The side labeler was placed in-line with the top and bottom labeler. The top and bottom labeller had two stations to label from the top and one station to label from the bottom. A pneumatic magazine style feeder was attached to the side labeler for Automated Product Feeding.
This system was designed to place up to four (4) labels onto Video Games and DVDs. The client, one of Australia’s largest video game retailers, needed a solution to help them place local data and ratings labels onto imported video games.
By purchasing video games from large overseas suppliers, the client is able to take advantage of high volume pricing from their supplier; This is because our client no longer needs their supplier to make smaller special label production runs for them. Instead, our client is now able to quickly “over-label” overseas stock with labels that comply with local regulations.
Our client calculated the return on investment based on time and labour savings for the LabelOn™ machinery investment would be under 6 months!!
Label Applicator Installation
It is becoming common now for clients of LabelOn™ equipment to eagerly unpack their new machines and run the machine ahead of any official machine commissioning. One of the main reasons for this is because the machines are designed to be very easily understood. The client in this case had no automated machine knowledge and did not have a copy of the machine manual. When our installation engineer arrived, the client had set up labels on all four label stations and had run the pneumatic magazine feeder. The engineer only had to explain two things before the client was running in full production swing:
1. The “Auto Label Flag Set” function
2. Adjusting the Custom Gap Sensor
The Auto Label Flag Set function
This intelligent feature is part of the LabelOn™ technology that insures labels start and stop on the label station in the same place every time. The intelligent function measures the length of the label. Where many older machines simply look for a gap between labels and then stop feeding a label, the LabelOn™ machine both looks for the label gap and “knows” what it is looking for.
Adjusting the Gap Sensor
The standard LabelOn™ Gap Sensor is auto adjusting. This means it can automatically understand when it is looking at a label or when it is looking at the gap between labels. On the side station of this client’s machine, we needed to supply a custom gap sensor to deal with labels as small as 10 mm X 10 mm. The sensor we used had an auto teach function and this was the second feature that needed to be explained to the client.
Short Production Runs – Multiple Labels
The client production runs vary from 500 pieces to 20,000 pieces each time. The LabelOn™ machine is designed for easy and fast product changes. Most people would think setting up four label heads and a magazine feeder to label only 500 pieces could not be worthwhile. After only a few hours of running their new equipment this LabelOn™ client understood that it was both easy and worthwhile to change the machine over for their smallest production runs.
Ticking All the Boxes
When a new LabelOn™ machine is installed it is good to know that it ticks the following boxes:
1. Good looking machine
2. Intuitive to operate
4. Fast change-over
5. Running production the same day it is delivered
6. Satisfied clients willing to give a testimonial
This installation, like our last machine installations, ticked all the boxes.