The COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to rethink their package labeling processes. Manufacturing organizations that have traditionally relied on the use of desktop-based label printers with a manual label application process (application by hand) are facing increasing challenges regarding labor shortages driven by the pandemic.
As many as 77% of surveyed manufacturers say that they will have ongoing difficulties in attracting and retaining workers in 2021 and beyond, according to a recent study from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. In addition, the report highlights that manufacturing organizations are struggling to find the right talent – with surveyed organizations saying that finding the right talent is now 36% harder than it was in 2018. In addition to labor challenges, the pandemic has driven an explosive growth in e-commerce. Customers want their products quickly and organizations in turn are struggling to meet expectations on delivery and quality metrics.
The above conditions have accelerated what was already a growing trend in label application – automation. Manufacturers are increasingly reducing manual labor in their packaging lines using in-line automated print and apply labelers, allowing them to channel their resources to the most critical and value-added areas of their operations, while also creating a labeling process that is quicker, more efficient, and virtually error-free.
In-line print and apply technology essentially takes a label designed in CODESOFT, prints the design on a label, and then simultaneously applies the label onto the product. Top of the range in-line print and apply labelers have an integrated controller with an easy-to-use software interface, with the print engine seamlessly built into the system. In addition, best practice print and apply labelers are designed to help ensure simplicity with minimal moving parts. For example, a well-designed and straightforward label media path and direct apply technology that wipes the label onto the product instead of punching the label onto the product with a tamp.
While labeling is a crucial activity, it does not have to use up valuable employee time. Investment in in-line print and apply automation can lead to significant benefits for all stakeholders involved – manufacturers, employees, customers, and regulators, even more so in these challenging times.
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Videojet is a world-leading coding and marking brand that provides cutting-edge technologies and systems that keep production lines moving. With a wide variety of coding technologies, specialized inks and fluids, advanced software, and a dedicated global service team, we can help you to print on virtually every package type and substrate. To address a variety of tracking and traceability needs, Videojet offers a range of quality equipment for coding cases, cartons, and shipping containers. This includes high and low resolution ink-based box printers and case coding systems – in addition to automatic print and apply labeling systems. Learn more about Videojet.
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