Automated Print and Apply Systems

Automated print and apply systems are industrial machines that combine printing technology with a mechanism for automatically applying labels onto products or packages. They streamline labeling processes, reduce need for manual labor, and reduce errors. 

Automated Print and Apply Systems

Automated labelers are versatile tools that offer efficiency, accuracy, and consistency in labeling operations across various industries, contributing to improved productivity, compliance, and customer satisfaction.

What are Automated Print and Apply Systems?

Automated print and apply systems, also called automated labeling systems or automatic labelers, are advanced industrial automation systems that enable products or packages to be quickly labeled by utilizing a combination of precision printing machines and labeling mechanisms. 

Automated print and apply systems can be integrated into existing production lines or packaging systems, and can be customized to meet specific requirements such as label size, printing format, and application speed.

How do Automated Print and Apply Systems work?

The entire automated print and apply process is typically automated and controlled by a computer or programmable logic controller (PLC). This automation ensures accuracy, consistency, and efficiency in labeling operations. 

1. Reading

The system receives input data that specifies the necessary information to be printed on each label. This data can come from various sources such as a scanned barcode or input from an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system or Warehouse Management System (WMS), or direct input from a user interface.

2. Printing

Once the label template is selected and populated with the relevant data, the system sends the print job to the label printer. The printer then generates the label with the necessary information such as barcodes, product details, or other relevant data. The label is then printed and is ready for application onto the package.

3. Label Application

After printing, the labels are automatically peeled off from the backing material and transferred to a mechanism that applies them onto the target items. This application process can be accomplished through various means such as pneumatic or mechanical arms, vacuum systems, or rollers.

What are Automated Print and Apply Systems Used For?

Automated labelers are used for a variety of purposes across different industries. Some common uses include:

  • Product Labeling: Automated labelers are widely used in manufacturing environments to label products with information such as barcodes or serial numbers, expiration dates, or product descriptions. Utilizing automated product labeling ensures accurate identification and tracking of items throughout the product’s lifecycle. 
  • Packaging, Logistics, or Distribution: In distribution facilities, automated print and apply machinery is used to apply shipping labels, barcodes, handling instructions, or branding onto packaging materials. This helps ensure accurate and timely delivery of goods to customers and distribution points.
  • Inventory Management: By labeling incoming and outgoing goods with unique identifiers such as SKU numbers or RFID tags, automated labeling enables businesses to accurately manage inventory levels and movement and streamline the re-ordering process. 

Benefits of Automated Print and Apply Systems

  • Enhanced Efficiency: Automated systems streamline operations by reducing manual labor, boosting productivity and minimizing downtime.

  • Increased Precision and Accuracy: Since automated machinery isn’t subject to human error, automated print and apply systems ensure labels are consistently applied, ensuring compliance and customer satisfaction, as well as accurate tracking and shipping.

  • Reduced Operational Expenses: Automated print and apply systems reduce labor and material expenses while optimizing resource allocation, promising long-term savings and improved operational efficiency. 

  • Customizable: Customizable solutions adapt to specific requirements, offering versatility in label size, printing formats, and application speeds.

  • Cost-Efficiency: Reduce labor and material expenses while optimizing resource allocation. Automated systems promise long-term savings and improved operational efficiency

Maveneer's Dynamic Print and Apply

Looking for a unique print and apply solution? Explore Maveneer’s patent-pending dynamic print and apply system. The dynamic print and apply system ensures precise label application, even through interruptions. The system automatically accounts for potential conflicts or collisions, and adjusts for clearance or timing issues to ensure accurate, precise labeling without intervention. The dynamic print and apply system provides increased efficiency, maximized throughput, and unprecedented flexibility at the same investment.