Automation has a long history in manufacturing, allowing manufacturers to streamline their production, saving time and money. In today’s growing marketplace automation is becoming more of a necessity for manufacturers to remain competitive in their industry. However, deterred by the financial investment of automated systems many producers are still completing laborious processes such as carton or pallet labelling manually.
Labelling in logistics is a key component of traceability throughout the supply chain, and the application is just as important as the label itself. Applying the label is typically the final step before sending the carton or pallet out the door. Ensuring this is done as efficiently and accurately as possible provides manufacturers with the competitive advantage of getting the product to the consumer faster. This is exactly what automated labelling systems can achieve. It also has several other key benefits for manufacturers:
- Ensures consistency of label application
When shipping labels are applied manually, to achieve a higher output can mean less consistency in the application. When implemented correctly, automated labelling systems can be programmed to exact specifications with a very minute tolerance for deviation. Production can be monitored so consistency is maintained without sacrificing output or cost of labour. Additionally, more consistency in the label application can improve traceability throughout the supply chain.
- Increase output
As consumer demand grows, automated labelling systems can allow output to grow with it, and as previously mentioned consistency doesn’t have to be sacrificed to do so. Automated labelling systems can be configured to match the speed of the production line. In fact, they can improve efficiency by making the label application process more streamlined. Ultimately, manufacturers can increase production volumes, being able to better fulfill consumer demand.
- Reduces cost
The ultimate benefit of automating the labelling process is reducing the cost of production. Making the labelling process automated reduces labelling errors and mistakes caused by human error, eliminating the cost derived from wasted stock. Automating the labelling process can also guarantee the accuracy of the application i.e. the correct label is applied to the correct carton or pallet. This safeguards traceability throughout the supply chain and improves recall management. Additionally, implementing automated systems can reduce labour costs and allow labour to be better distributed among the business.
The journey towards automation may seem daunting, but it’s clear that the benefits to the business in automating this process greatly outweigh the initial cost of the investment. Automating labelling application can streamline production, providing a greater output in the same amount of production time. Providing consistency to the label application assists in maintaining traceability and fulfilling the chain of responsibility in a shipping context, ensuring the correct label is applied to the correct product. Ultimately, automated labelling systems can be seamlessly implemented into production, and can provide an excellent return on investment.
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