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Safety Focus: Reducing the risk of injuries when manually labelling packages

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While it may not seem like a significant area of concern when it comes to musculoskeletal injuries, manually labelling packages involves repetitive awkward postures and movements, and high hand forces that can cause injuries that occur suddenly, or develop gradually over time.

WorkSafe Victoria suggests that the risk of injuries while labelling packages can be reduced by:
  • providing pre-labelled cartons and packaging; or
  • using an automatic printer that can print and attach barcodes.
There are several options listed on Ferret.com.au for sourcing an automatic printer for printing and attaching barcodes.

Matthews Australasia , for example, stocks a wide range of label printers and applicators that are designed to increase productivity and efficiency by delivering fast and accurate automated labelling.

The company's in-line applicators provide clear labelling for both human and machine readability, and also feature an in-built missing label detection system that ensures every product is labelled, leaving no product unlabelled.

Matthews also offers Label Print and Apply (LPA) machines which feature a rugged design, and are ideal for the demands of carton and pallet barcode applications. They feature high outputs of up to 60 cartons per minute.

For a more complete turnkey solution, CASI ANZ manufactures complete automatic labelling, verification and package distribution systems with optional scanning and verification functions.

These systems are designed specifically to suit a given application, and can even extend to complete automated packaging solutions, as with a recent installation for a major satellite receiver manufacturing company.

Where a sophisticated automatic labelling system is not appropriate, WorkSafe suggests:
  • providing labelling guns that are designed to reduce the force required on the trigger and use a counterbalance
  • positioning packages to keep the wrist and forearms as neutral as possible when labelling; and
  • providing the product at the labelling station in the easiest orientation for labelling.
Label printer and applicator manufacturer Label Power can assist in this situation. In addition to offering a wide variety of labelling machinery, the company also stocks and supplies labelling guns from Sato.

Sato Kendo 22 pricing guns are capable of printing up to 8 digits on a print area of 19.5mm on a single line, while Sato Judo 23 pricing guns can print 10 and 8 digits on two lines.

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