5 Benefits of Automating Your Labeling Process 48

5 Benefits of Automating Your Labeling Process

The following article is a guest post.

Switching from a purely manual operation to using an automated labeling system is a major decision for any manufacturer.

After all, any major piece of machinery is a huge investment. And that’s on top of worrying about the technical details, from considerations such as the types of components installed in your assembly line, to issues of proper maintenance.

While that can dissuade some manufacturers from going for automation, especially for a relatively simple task like labeling, those certainly don’t outweigh the benefits. Here are some of them:

1. Faster turnaround time.

Let’s say your average employee can apply one label per half a minute.

Now, that would sound fast to the average Joe, but if you add that up, you’re only going to end up with around 960 cans labelled per day in an 8-hour work shift.

And you can’t just tell your employees to work faster, as there’s a limit to how fast they can go; they need time to manually align and attach each label.

You can say goodbye to those worries when you use a machine. As long as the right settings and configuration are in place for your automated labeling system, you can have cans labeled in seconds.

2. Fewer errors.

Unlike humans, a machine doesn’t get tired—it’ll just need a bit of preventive maintenance every now and then. That’s why it’s the perfect choice for repetitive tasks like creating and attaching labels to products.

A human may get distracted or may get tired of slapping on the same thing every day, which may lead to complacency and errors. (Or: why is that label attached upside-down on the jar? Why is it askew or wrinkled?) A machine, once programmed, will do the same task repeatedly without missing a step.

Machines can use motion control systems with precision linear stages to ensure accuracy and speed of label application.

3. Less wastage.

Of course, with fewer errors made, there’s also less raw materials wasted. Throwing out torn, misaligned, or damaged labels will be a thing of the past.

Machines can be also programmed to use raw materials more efficiently. It’s hard to tell a human employee to use a certain amount in milliliters of liquid adhesive; a machine can apply only the exact amount.

4. More cost-effective.

Admittedly, setting up an automated labeling system can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But that’s an investment that you can quickly recover. As the earlier points illustrate, a machine allows your facility to attach more labels—and complete more tasks—in a shorter span of time.

5. Scalability.

Let’s say you got a big contract to supply a supermarket chain with your products. Instead of hiring more people to stick more labels manually, you only need to adjust a few settings to churn out more labeled jars or cans. Or if your current machine cannot accommodate the number of labels you need to attach, you can upgrade it.

These options are way easier than hiring more people, vetting them, and training them to do the job manually.

As you can see, these five benefits truly justify the cost of setting up an automated labeling system. Hence, if you truly want your business to scale up, this is the way to go.

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 4

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Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.