The Answer to Adjacent-Panel Labeling

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There are 2 main styles of labeling adjacent carton panels, and each has their advantages and disadvantages. Wrap-Around Side Apply (WASA) and Front Apply Side Apply (FASA) labeling are the two main ways to meet this requirement.

Wrap-around is just as it sounds. One long wrap-around label (i.e. 4” x 13”) is typically applied by starting on the front panel and wrapping around to the side of the package. It can also be started on a side panel and wrapped to the rear. The wrap-around label guarantees that the serial numbers would be the same on both panels, but it does waste a portion of label (typically an inch) for the corner. It would also be helpful when the two panels need to be different because the one long label can be designed to meet both panel requirements.

FASA labels use a standard label (i.e. 6” x 4”) and apply two separate labels to the box. FASA offers a higher case per minute rate compared to wrap-around labeling since applier does not need to maintain contact with the case through the applying process. This method does not waste label space, and uses less material because it is two separate labels. Greater care does need to be taken when serialization is involved to make sure the label “set” is applied to the same case.

The pricing for both of these labeling methods is based on volume – the more you need the cheaper the price. However, a rough estimate puts wrap around labels at about $26.00 for 1,000 labels and the FASA labels at about $14.50 for 1,000 labels. These labels would also go on applicators and they would be on a 13” outside diameter roll versus a typical 8” outside diameter roll.

Figuring out which type of label would work best for your business can be tricky, but the professionals at R.V. Evans Company can help you find a solution. If you are looking for some assistance with choosing the right labeling method contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and labeling recommendation or visit us at http://www.rvevans.com/

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 4 of 4 – Selecting the Right Poly Bag

In part one, we discussed if an automated packaging system is right for your company, along with an overview of various poly bagging systems in part two, and the different infeeds and printers for bagging systems in part three. Now, it’s time to figure out the “right” bag for your poly bagging application! What are the different materials available? Which bag dimension and thickness is best? What are your options? Let’s find out.

Food-Industrial-Bag-CollageWhat are the different materials available?
Autobag has many different options when it comes to poly bags that are specifically designed to work with their different poly bagging systems. These bags are storefront ready and can be printed in full color. Just a few of the options are Linear Low Density Polyethylene, Low Density Polyethylene Films, High Density Polyethylene Film, Polypropylene Film, and Anti-Fog. There are many more materials to choose from, and highly likely there will be bagging materials that fit your company’s needs.

  • Linear Low Density Polyethylene is strong material, durable, and has clear through opaque combinations ranging from blank to custom printed. It is ideal for packaging hardware, automotive parts, food, craft items, medical devices, electronic components, and many more.
  • Low Density Polyethylene Films are durable, versatile, and have different printing characteristics. They are ideal for retail packaging, hardware, fasteners, automotive parts, medical, frozen foods, mail order fulfillment, and others.
  • High Density Polyethylene Film has reduced chemical additives and good permeability. It is also scratch-resistant. This material is used for packaging medical, food, sporting goods and other applications where chemical additives may react with the product inside.
  • Polypropylene Film has the best bag clarity, good seal strength, and resists odor transfer. It is used for foods, pet supplies, and other retail packaging.
  • Anti-Fog materials are best for fresh produce applications. When condensation forms within the bag caused by product respiration, the material does not allow the moisture to form water droplets. This provides great clarity and strength.

Which bag dimension and thickness is best?
Choosing the right poly bag for your product can be difficult. It depends on the weight, size, shape, pieces going in a bag, and other factors. Autobag’s poly bags range in size and mil thickness. To identify the ideal poly bag for your packaging application, R. V. Evans Company would obtain a sample of the product you would be bagging to perform an application analysis. From there, R.V. Evans Company would provide you with a complete poly bagging system recommendation to include bagging equipment, accessories & printers, and the right poly bag for your particular bagging application.

What are the additional options?
Autobag’s poly bags come with many different features to make your product more appealing, provide added security, or reduce your packaging requirements. Just a few are:

Custom printing
Reclosable zippers
Gussets (stand-up pouches)
Handles
Hanger Holes
Ventilation
Compartments
Flaps
Easy-open perforations
Many more!

As an authorized distributor for Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years, R.V. Evans Company can help you identify the complete poly bagging and packaging system for your business. If you are looking for some assistance in determining which automated packaging system and optional equipment is right for your company, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendation, or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

If you missed part one of the Autobag series, you can find it here and learn about when an automated bagging system is right for you. If you would like to read part two of the Autobag series, click here and see an overview of a few different Automated Packaging Systems. Part three of the Automated Packaging Systems- Poly Bagging Solutions series is all about the different add ons you can put on your Autobag System. You can find that here.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 3 of 4 – Infeeds and Printers

Many of the Automated Packaging systems mentioned in part two of the Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions series can be paired with different equipment to enhance the process of bagging. Here is a brief overview of the different infeeds and printers that can be added to the Automated Packaging systems.


Infeeds

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The Autobag Accu-Count 200 system is a vibratory counter infeed system capable of counting and batching at speeds up to 2,500 packages per hour. Industries that use this system are:

  • Fastener
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Hardware and more

This system can be easily paired with the Autobag AB 180 to automatically count and batch a pre-set quantity that is funneled into a pre-opened poly bag that gets sealed and dispensed. The measurements for this system are:

  • 575 lbs
  • 43” X 79“

This counter can also be paired with the Kit-Veyor to provide a more integrated and efficient way of packaging kits.

Autobag-Kit-Veyor-beautyThe Autobag Kit-Veyor is an infeed conveyor system that automatically places small parts into packaged kits. This system combines multiple Autobag Accu-Count 200 systems and an Autobag bagger to fill kits with mixed parts at speeds up to 35 bags per minute. Industries that use this system are:

  • Electrical
  • Hardware
  • Fastening and more

The measurements for this system are:

  • 400 lbs.
  • Between 10 and 40 feet long, depending on how many add-on sections are used.

Autobag-Maximizer-AB180-beautyThe Autobag Maximizer can convey and detect hand loaded items at speeds of up to 50 batches per minute. This system can be paired with the Autobag AB 180 machine by taking the products, placing them in the Maximizer, and from there, the machines will funnel the products into pre-opened bags and seal the bags. Industries that use this system are:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Hardware
  • Fastening and more

The measurements for this system are:

  • 200 lbs
  • 90” x 42” when paired with the Autobag AB 180.

Takeaway Conveyor aloneThe Autobag Takeaway Conveyor provides continuous motion in an assembly line. This conveyor moves filled bags from the packaging location up to another location. It is available in 4 different angles that make it easy to integrate with different Automated Packaging systems. The conveyor is 20” wide with a 40” incline and the belt goes at 26’ per minute.

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The Autobag Accu-Scale 220 is specially designed to be paired with the Autobag AB 180. The Accu-Scale features a highly sensitive infeed system that weigh-counts small parts and dispenses each batch into pre-opened bags. This infeed system is ideal for products that tangle easily. Industries that use this system are:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and more

Measurements for this system are:

  • 152 lbs.
  • 36” x 48”

Autobag-Linear-Weigh-Scale-BeautyThe Autobag Linear Weight Scale is a vibratory linear pan-feed and weigh count scale system that can count up to 45 batches per minute. This machine has the ability to increase productivity up top 5 times the speed of hand loading bags. This infeed system can be paired with the Autobag AB 180 or the Autobag AB 255. Industries that use this system are:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Fastening and more.

Measurements for this system are:

  • 500 lbs.
  • 53” x 74”

Printers

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The AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter offers high resolution inline printing for optimum packaging productivity. It is capable of thermal bag printing at speeds up to 80 bags per minute. It can be used
alone, or can be combined with Automated Packaging systems for inline printing and packing. When paired with the Autobag AB 180, this system can print custom labels with barcodes, text, and graphics. Measurements for this system are:

  • 41 lbs.
  • 34” x 45”

The AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter can print labels up to 4” wide by 20” long.  It only pulls ribbon when it is printing, not the length of the bag.

AutoLabel-PI412cw-Prism-Thermal-Transfer-Imprinter-with-bagsThe AutoLabel PI 412cw Prism Imprinter is a two-sided inline printer that can print either on two sides of a bag, or two colors on one side of the bag. The thermal bag printing is able to print at speeds of up to 12” per second. The labels can be up to 4” wide and 20” long. The measurements for this system are:

  • 252 lbs
  • 28” x 59”

 

AutoLabel-Thermal-Transfer-Ribbon-collageThe AutoLabel Thermal Transfer Ribbon is great for printing high resolution graphics, barcodes, text, and custom logos. There are four types of Thermal Transfer ribbon. They are:

  • AutoLabel UltraPrint Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Optimum Performing Resin Enhanced Wax Thermal Ribbon
  • AutoLabel Ultra-V Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Premium Resin Enhanced Wax Thermal Ribbon
  • AutoLabel Ultra Wax Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Full Wax Thermal Ribbon for High Volume Applications
  • AutoLabel Specialty Ribbons – Solutions for unique printing requirements

AutoLabel-Designer-14The AutoLabel Designer 14 is software that allows the users to create custom bag labels with high-resolution bar codes, text, and graphics. This software works with Autobag Thermal Transfer Imprinters and Print-N-Pack systems as well as remote demand label operations.


As an authorized distributor for Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years, R.V. Evans Company can help you identify the complete poly bagging and packaging system for your business. If you are looking for some assistance in determining which automated packaging system and optional equipment is right for your company, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendation, or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

If you missed part one of the Autobag series, you can find it here and learn about when an automated bagging system is right for you. If you would like to read part two of the Autobag series, click here and see an overview of a few different Automated Packaging Systems.  Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and don’t miss the 4th and final blog in our Automated Packaging Systems four part series where we will cover which bag is the “right bag” for your application.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 2 of 4 – Overview of Different Systems

Part one of the Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions 4 part series helped you decide if an automated packaging system was right for your company. This blog post will give you a brief overview of the  Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 and PS 125 OneStep, Autobag AB 180, the new Autobag 850S, Autobag AB 255, and the automated SPrint SidePouch.

Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 Tabletop Baggers BeautyThe Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 is a tabletop automated bagging system. This system works great for companies with low to mid volume production. The system uses Polybags perfed on rolls that are automatically indexed. The bags are loaded by hand, then the machine seals them using the Push-to-Seal automated sealer function. It has the capacity to seal up to 25 bags a minute. The AutoBag PS 125 is 22” x 19” and weighs only 82 Lbs. The Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 works well in the hardware and fastening industry, but is used in many others as well. In addition to the PS 125, the PS 125 OneStep has the same attributes as the PS 125 with the addition of a built-in PI 412 imprinter. This uses next-bag-out technology that can print graphics, text, and barcodes – perfect for the fulfillment and e-commerce industry.Autobag AB 180 OneStep Bagger Mailbag Beauty

The Autobag AB 180 when paired with one of their infeed systems automatically fills and
seals bags by using the Autobag pre-opened bag-on-a-roll. The bags can be changed in less than 2 minutes, and can fill up to 80 bags per minute.  This machine weighs 270 Lbs. with dimensions of 34” x 43”. This system is great for companies with a mid to high production volume, and works well for the automotive and electrical industries along with others.

Autobag 850S standard beauty
The new Autobag 850S bagger was designed with the mail order fulfillment industry specifically in mind. The new technology has the machine hold bags open and firmly in place, creating a square opening of up to 11” x 11”. This system has the capability to hold bags up to 22” wide, and uses next-bag-out printing that puts labels on the next bag in line to keep accuracy and efficiency high by eliminating the need for applying labels. The Autobag 850S is 72” x 35” and weighs 590 Lbs.

Autobag AB 255 Wide Bagger

The Autobag AB 255 is able to use bags from 4” x 5” to 16” x 26”. The bag sizes can easily
change in less than 2 minutes. This machine features a horizontal loading
configuration, great for loading medium production volumes. The Autobag AB 255 can seal up to 55 bags per minute. This hand-loading system is 39” x 43” and 320 Lbs. The automotive industry, mail order industry, and others get a lot of value from this machine.

The SPrint SidePouch is a large bagging system capable of suiting companies using hand-loading or fully-automatic bagging processes. Filling and sealing up to 120 bags per minute, this system is SPrint SidePouch Bagger Beautygreat for high production volumes. This machine is compatible with many different SidePouch bags that range from reclosable zippers to easy open perforations. The SPrint SidePouch requires minimum training and maintenance. Weighing 400 Lbs. and measuring 32” x 168”, this machine works well with the food industry as well as the pet product industry and many others.

As an authorized distributor for Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years, R.V. Evans Company can help you identify the best packaging system for your business. If you are looking for some assistance in determining which automated packaging system is right for your company, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendations or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

If you missed part one of the Autobag series, you can find it here and learn about when an automated bagging system is right for you. Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and don’t miss the 3rd blog in our Automated Packaging Systems four part series where we will provide an overview of the optional bagging equipment for each of the baggers.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 1 of 4 – Should Your Company have One?

What is an Automated Packaging poly bagging system?

An Automated Packaging poly bagging system is designed to make your packaging process easier and more cost effective. These systems use poly bags perfed on rolls that get imprinted and filled with a wide variety of products. Automated Packaging units can reduce the amount of time spent on bagging when compared to hand-labeling, hand-counting, and finally hand-sealing items into bags.  These poly bagging systems can also provide pre-printed bag inventory savings with their ability to print variable information directly onto your poly bags.

What industries use them?

The Aerospace and Defense industry uses Automated Packaging systems for waterproof and greaseproof bags. A company that switched to an Autobag system foundAB145-Bagger-Beauty that there were benefits from the switch that included increased productivity, reduced costs, faster changeover between runs, and ease of use. Many other industries have benefited from using Automated’s poly bagging systems. A few of them are:

  • Automotive
  • Mail Order Fulfillment
  • Hardware and Fasteners
  • Food
  • Pet Products

Most industries see a reduced cost in labor after switching to an automated poly bagging system. Most industries eliminate multiple steps within their packaging process after making the enhancement to their packaging line.

When is an Automated bagging system the right solution?

If your company is hand-sealing bags, it might be time to upgrade to an Automated bagging system. A few questions to consider are:

  • How many bags are sealed per day?
  • What is being bagged?
  • Is it the same product all day, or are there numerous changeovers?

Depending on the answers to these questions, an Automated bagging system could be the right solution for your company.

How can R.V. Evans Company help?

R.V. Evans Company has been an authorized distributor of Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years. If you need assistance determining if an Automated Packaging System is right for your company, our team of experienced packaging professionals can help.  Contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendations or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and be on the lookout for part 2 of the Automated Packaging Systems series where we will give an overview of the different baggers.

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Are Your Barcodes Readable?

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Although a barcode may seem readable to the human eye, it may not be readable to a scanner.  This can create a plethora of issues, and can make it very hard to track a product, or even have your customer sending the product back to you.  The obvious solution to this is to make your barcodes more readable, but how do you do that?

It’s all about trial and error, and the best way to get results from those trials is a barcode verifier.  Verifiers are similar to scanners.  However, they have the added benefit of breaking down the makeup of the code itself.  Instead of just reading the code, a verifier can tell you the symbology, detect the parameters (including dimensional, reflectance, format, and contrast), and return a grade based on industry specific standards (like ANSI, GS1, and others).  Once you’ve got a verifier, you can start to examine the ways to solve the problems with your barcodes.  Is there not enough contrast?  Is the grade too low?

Once your verifier has helped you identify the problem, it’s time to find a solution.  Last month, we posted a blog about what printing technology is right for you.  You can find that blog here.  It focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of various types of printing technology from FoxJet, which all have a tested and guaranteed 99.9% first-read rate. This means that 999 times out of 1,000, your barcode will be readable not only to the human eye, but the strictest verifier and most unforgiving scanners.  This type of dependability will ensure that you have no issues getting your product out of your warehouse and into the hands of your customers.  No more returned packages, no more worry.

To start producing more readable barcodes today, check out our website, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis.

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Which Printing Technology is Right For You?

Direct printing onto your product can potentially save costs up to 10x per year over printing onto a label.  But which technology should you be using to print your barcodes and text?  We analyzed four different printing technologies from FoxJet to find out which works best with certain applications.


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CIJ – Continuous Inkjet Printers

Small printers that are easy to maintain, use, and move.  Any printer from the FoxJet Linx Series are fast, no contact, and can print on a lot of different surfaces.

Strengths:

  1. Built to run. These printers are great in high production environments.  As technology has evolved, they have become more necessary to applications where a printer is not required daily.
  2. Most have a wide variety of ink colors and formulations (MEK, alcohol, acetone, etc.) that can be used to print on almost any surface.
  3. Can print very small characters at a very high rate of speed.
  4. Great throw distance.  Normally 1/8” to a 1/4”, this printer can work at almost an inch.

Keep in mind:

  • Initial cost can be higher than other solutions
  • Requires the use of ink and solvent.

Ideal for use in: Printing onto small individual products like bottles, and when portability is important to your printing needs.


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TIJ – Thermal Inkjet

The three printers from FoxJet’s SoloSeries have a wide range of abilities, including up to 10 lines of alphanumeric text as well as logos and symbols.

Strengths:

  1. Can print up to 600x 600 dpi
  2. Since it is a cartridge-based system, it performs well in applications where the system will sit dormant for days at a time.
  3. Inks that can print on porous and non-porous surfaces
  4. Produces readable bar codes

Keep in mind:

  • To print larger than ½”, printheads are “stitched” together.  They rarely line up perfectly, so large characters or graphics may be slightly skewed at the ½” intervals.
  • Requires the head(s) to be very close to the substrate to be printed.

Ideal for use in: Lower volume applications and applications where the system will be idle for lengthy periods of time.


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DOD – Drop On Demand

The 9x and 18x printheads from the Valve InkJet systems can print ½”-2” text. It also allows you to quickly develop messages with built in printing codes.

Strengths:

  1. Inexpensive way to get a code on a product
  2. Simple technology makes it easy to maintain and service
  3. Inks that can print on porous and non-porous surfaces
  4. Good throw distance (1/4” to ½”)

Keep in mind:

  • Prints dot matrix characters, which are less aesthetically appealing
  • Low resolution – not capable of printing quality graphics or logos

Ideal for use: When you just need to get a code on a box or product, and aren’t concerned about aesthetics.


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Large Character – typically Trident or Xaar print engines

Reliable, flexible printing for bigger jobs and saving money in the long run.

Strengths:

  1. High resolution printing – graphics and logos look great
  2. Most offer a print window of 2”-4” high
  3. Produces readable bar codes

Keep in mind:

  • Most systems are for porous applications
  • Printhead must be less than a quarter-inch from substrate

Ideal for use in: Porous-only applications, when high resolution is a requirement.

If you have further questions about the best printer for your marking and coding application, visit our website, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis today.

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