Your Labeling Machine Supplier
When there are unknowns for a supplier or tradesperson that needs to quote you for a job their only responsible way to quote you for the Job is to find out all they can about your job and then quote you a price that will allow for what is known and add a “contingent factor” into the price. If all goes to plan in providing the service and very little unknowns affected the Job the supplier ends up making more money from the Job. On the other hand if there are a great deal of unknown factors that impact the, Job the supplier could stand to lose money if they have not adequately allowed enough of a “contingent” factor into the price. When a supplier finds out they stand to lose money on a Job they may “cut corners” or do the “bare minimum” to fulfill their obligations or even worse they may need to abandon the job with losses to everyone.
The more experienced supplier or tradesman, with excellent reputation will approach a Job by taking the time to thoroughly understand the job and insure their client also thoroughly understands the job. Such experienced suppliers will be able to minimise the unknowns in a Job and be able to accurately quote for a Job without unfairly high “contingent” factors into the price. These suppliers know a problem properly identified is more than half solved.
These suppliers will usually have good experience in identifying the “tyre kickers” and the “free-loaders” looking for someone to half solve their problems with no intention to work with the supplier but rather tender the now “half solved” and very well defined job to anyone who says they can do that job at the lowest price.
The supply of self-adhesive labeling equipment is very much a problem that needs to be “half solved” through a process of identifying what is involved thoroughly before moving on to the quotation and eventual supply phase. The less information your potential supplier “requires” before they provide you a quote the more likely there is either a higher “contingent factor” added to the price or there will be important parts of the project overlooked or even unsatisfied.
An experienced machine supplier like LabelOn™ will take you through a thorough process of identifying what needs to be known before giving you a price for the machine they will supply. Those looking for a fast budget figure from LabelOn™ will be given a realistic price range that will be narrowed down at the time when a formal quotation process can be commenced.
So what will your self-adhesive labeling machine supplier need to know?
For self-adhesive labeling bottle shapes are classified into Flat-Sided, Oval and Round. Within the Round classification there are sub classifications of cylindrical, tapered and those with an orientation feature. The most likely orientation features on a round product include handles or flat panels, markings or the need to orientate the body label with another label or marking already on the round bottle.
Bottle sizes are defined by their height, length and thickness. In the case of a round bottle it is the height and diameter that will usually best describe their dimensions.
The bottle label or labels will be supplied in rolls. The range of label roll diameters and heights are important information to include in any machine proposal.
The label panel on a product is the area on that bottle where the labels are expected to be placed.
It is important to identify if the product labels need to be placed on a recessed surface on the bottle – especially for round bottles. It is also important to know if the product label area leaves enough room for the typical variations in bottle dimensions added to the typical variations of label placement for that shape bottle. In the case of round bottle labels it is important to know if there is a single label or more than one label. For the single label it is important to know what percentage Wrap the bottle label will be. After gathering this information in writing pictures illustrating ALL the gathered information should be collated for machine proposal records and insuring important considerations are not left out.
Labeling does involve more than just understanding the products and the labels it also included understanding the production environment and requirements. Questions about the available space in the production environment the height of any existing conveyor’s and the speed of any other inline equipment should all be taken into consideration. The likely skill of the operators can also affect the minimum level of equipment that can be offered for example very skilled operators may be able to work with less expensive equipment and intuitively know what adjustments will affect the labeling. In the case where operators need a machine that is intuitive and easy to adjust they will look to pay for these features in their machines which quickly pay for themselves in the real production environment.
Before you approach a supplier about labeling equipment it is a good idea to obtain a quick budget range of pricing. If that range of pricing works for you then insure most of the above listed considerations are thoroughly covered in any subsequent formal quotation that is presented to you.