In the supply chain a correct pallet label is indispensable. The relevant information must be applied to the pallet in a clearly legible way, including a machine readable form. Much has been written about the information and standards for a pallet label, but it is equally important that the pallet label is printed and applied reliably and cost-effectively.
When one hears the words pallet label, one tends to think of a self-adhesive label. Yet in many cases working with adhesives is not the best solution or can even be impossible because of the product or because of the circumstances.
SYMACH offers a solution - a pallet wrapper with integrated printer and pallet labeller without the use of adhesives.
SYMACH pallet wrapper with integrated printer and pallet labeller
The SYMACH pallet wrapping machine can now be extended with a new model single or double pallet label printer and applicator. This solution has been developed to be integrated with the wrapper to process the pallet data, print the label, and for an automated arm to take the label from the printer to apply it to the pallet. With a double labeller it is even possible to apply labels on 4 sides of the pallet without time loss, enabling the wrapping of 40 pallets per hour, all fitted with 4 labels.
The data is integrated in the SYMACH palletizer-line. A recipe is set or selected on the palletizer where a batch code can be added manually.
The information for the label tracks the pallet throughout the entire process, starting at the request of an empty pallet from the pallet warehouse. Each station passed will be giving the pallet information to the next station and eventually to the PC to automatically generate a pallet label. This also makes it possible to operate with multiple palletizers through a single pallet wrapping machine with automatic pallet labeller.
It is even possible to link the entire line with the ERP system, thus avoiding manual entries and errors. Data, such as language versions, delivery addresses, and the number of pallets in a shipment, can be added from the ERP system. Data from the palletizer/pallet labeller can also be made available to the ERP package for report purposes. SYMPACH gives seven reasons for companies to opt for the integrated printer and pallet labeller including:
No peeling label corners
Labels with peeling corners don’t make a good impression and damage easily whereby key information is no longer legible. Even worse is when the labels come off altogether. Missing or illegible pallet labels create a lot of frustration and extra work. The A4 labels applied with the pallet wrapper labeller remain firmly attached and readable.
Save on consumables
Adhesive labels are expensive and tie you to a certain type of roll or sheet that limits your choice. And a label printer generally works with an expensive printer ribbon. The SYMACH solution simply uses A4 printing paper and printer toner, which can save significantly on consumables.
Automatically generate and apply pallet label
The information for the pallet label tracks the pallet throughout the entire process and eventually to the PC to automatically generate a pallet label. An automated arm removes the label from the printer and applies the label between the net.
The SYMACH pallet label solution is data-driven instead of layout-driven. A data-driven label offers a great degree of flexibility as an advantage. This makes it easy to comply with diverse customer inquiries, comprehensive information and local laws and regulations.
No time loss
Separate label printing labellers or applying labels manually takes time and labor in the production process. The fully automated and integrated solution keeps labor and production time under control.
Single solution for multiple pallet sizes
SYMACH’s application is not limited to one pallet size but can adjust to all popular pallet sizes without changeover.
Erroneous information is disruptive to the logistics process. And each manual data entry entails, apart from the time it takes, a risk of error. The integration in the system means data is sent with the pallet and there is no need for manual data entry.
The SYMACH palletizing line can also use data from the ERP package. This option not only makes it possible to use data from the ERP system, such as language versions, a delivery address, product and batch codes to add a label, but also to do so without risk of error.
Works where adhesives cannot be used or are banned from use
Several product types and circumstances make it impossible to work with self-adhesive pallet labels. On pallets with products such as onion or potato bags, which are wrapped with net, labels cannot be applied properly.
In dusty, humid or cold environments, self-adhesive labels are no easy solution. Because the SYMACH pallet labeller does not use adhesives to apply labels, but rather wraps the label to the pallet, a pallet label can even be applied to uneven surfaces or under difficult circumstances.