Underneath view of a label printer applicator with self-adhesive label tape ribbon wound up around it and ready to apply.

The 4.0 industry: Industrial automation of your manual self-adhesive label application processes

The use of robotics and leading-edge technology is the perfect combination for automating and managing manual processes. Considering industrial automation for this task offers many advantages beyond labelling, contributing to the overall efficiency of your operations, quality and the ability to assign your staff to more value-added duties. This is one of the reasons why companies in various fields of expertise benefit from transitioning from manual work to automation and business process optimization.

The key benefits of automating manual processes for your company

Optimizing manual processes is an exciting solution to improve and simplify the application of your self-adhesive labels, no matter your industry. The advantages are not only significant for budget and productivity but also for managing the work tasks of your operators.

Ensuring precision and consistency

To ensure accurate label positioning, you can select the proper application arm from a wide range to affix your labels. You will always have the freedom to choose the content, the type of self-adhesive label, the sizes, the type of ribbons, the required quantity, as well as the position of the label on the box or product. So, thanks to automation, each label is applied at precisely the same place, with precise and uniform pressure. This guarantees perfect consistency and eliminates the risk of human mistakes.

With outstanding precision and consistency, you can be sure of always having the correct text, the exact number of labels and identical positioning. All this, according to your parameters and market standards.

Reducing costs

Although the initial cost of automation may be high, the long-term savings in terms of labour and wasted materials are far more significant. So, acquiring an automation system should be seen as an investment. In fact, it reduces the costs associated with dependence on human labour. By making manual tasks automated, your company will generate considerable long-term savings. Moreover, repetitive processes such as printing and applying self-adhesive labels eliminate the wastage of ink and labels when printed in excess.

Since automated management of business processes brings less risk of human error, it considerably reduces costs for your company.

Avoid physical handling that can cause accidents and injuries in the workplace with automation tools like a self-adhesive label applicator.

Minimizing human mistakes

By automating label application, you can be confident that you’re placing the correct labels on the right product, that the exact number of labels are applied, that the content is typo-free and that standards are met. Anything that could go wrong with labelling errors will be avoided. A well-labelled product is essential for traceability and customer satisfaction.

Optimizing resources

Industrial automation allows you to assign staff tasks that add value to your business and require greater concentration and skills. Think about it! It will stimulate innovation and creativity within your company. You will benefit from better management of your workforce where you need it most.

Employees’ satisfaction

In an economic situation where recruiting labour is complex and retention challenges are considerable, automating repetitive tasks allows your employees to concentrate on more meaningful activities. This approach has the potential to improve their satisfaction and motivation at work.

Increasing productivity and safety

Automating manual processes for applying self-adhesive labels is a strategic solution to face a labour shortage. Not only does it reduce production times and potential mistakes, but it also increases the speed of the output on the production line. The fact that there are fewer human interventions also means that the risk of accidents or injuries is diminished, which leads to more excellent safety within the plant. Moreover, it offers consistency in end-product quality norms (straight labels, right location, exact quantity, simple and efficient traceability, etc.).

A correctly labelled product is essential for its traceability and for your customers’ satisfaction.

Optimizing your labelling processes with an automatic applicator

Underneath view of the printhead of the Zebra label printer applicator, with the self-adhesive label ribbon being wound.

Self-adhesive label applicators are designed to apply labels to different types of products, such as packaging, bags or containers. Many food, pharmaceutical, agricultural, electronics and other industries use them for fast, accurate identification when dividing packaging at the end of the production line.

Choosing the model that’s best for you

The experts at DMS marking coding agree that the FoxJet LS7000 label applicator and the LS7100 label printer and applicator are solutions to consider for a better sequence of tasks for your self-adhesive labels.

Some interesting components

An overview of a label applicator printer showing the black casing of the printer and its touch screen with the operating menu.

  • Spacing sensor for precise label distribution and placement.
  • Missing label detection to avoid double feeding and skipped products.
  • Colour touch screen with a user-friendly interface.
  • Real-time reports and diagnostics.
  • Customizable arm configurations to suit any positioning (front, back, one side or more, lateral, top or bottom, angle, etc.).
  • A 100% electric operation that can generate up to 50% savings on energy costs.
  • It can be moved (portable).
  • Ability to interface with the automation system and to be integrated directly with scanner and conveyor controls.
  • Intelligent detection technology.
  • Servo-controlled actuator.
  • Integrated ventilation system inside the label applicator pad.

Our team is ready to assist and accompany you when choosing your automated label applicator. We offer training, technical support, software, server, and automation system integration adapted to your information and operating systems and more!

Compatible substrates

With the intelligent industrial automation provided by an automatic label applicator, you can use it on various surfaces. This makes it easy to meet the needs of many customers by applying labels to:

  • Flat surfaces such as boxes and cartons;
  • Flexible surfaces such as pouches or flexible bags;
  • Curved surfaces such as rounded cans, bottles and tubes.

Take advantage of our expertise for your industrial automation

At DMS, you’re in good hands regarding automating your manual self-adhesive label application processes. Thanks to our automatic label applicator, you’ll gain labelling accuracy on various packaging surfaces, production efficiency and a considerable reduction in costs and handling errors. It’s a remarkable solution for countering labour shortages and optimizing the allocation of your staff to value-added tasks for your company.

The DMS team offers customized support and training to optimize industrial business processes. Take advantage of our DMS Academy concept to conduct technical tests on the shop floor with our wide range of products.