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.
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.
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.