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In terms of bottles-per-hour, what's a rule of thumb for the max BPH that I could handle using a manual powered labeler?


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Peter O'Brien at Great Engineering Pty Ltd

With a Semi Automatic label applicator you should expect to reduce double handling by 2 - 3 times and achieve BPH of 1000 - 1400 depending on the diameter of the container Using wine bottles as an example, using a BenchMAX, an operator should be able to label front and back, pack and seal the cartons at a pallet per hour. This is what wineries in Australia and the USA say that they achieve in an 8 hour day.

Mar 11, 2014

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Kinnek Knowledge Team

The speed of a manual labeler is highly dependent on the speed of the individual(s) operating the equipment.  As you become more efficient with a manual table-top labeling machine, it is certainly possible to achieve speeds as fast one bottle every six seconds, which would be equivalent to 10 BPM or 600 BPH.

Oct 15, 2013

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David Presley at Zap Labeler

I agree with your statement about the speed being dependant on the operator. That being said, with our labeler it is very possible to get upwards of 900 an hour. Here's a video clip of around 900 an hour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDm9paT6f4A

Mar 25, 2014

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Peter O'Brien from Great Engineering Pty Ltd

Be wary of claims for labelling speeds. The team from Kinnek are correct. It does depend on the operator. What a lot of companies try to do is tell you what you want to hear. What you should look at is your logistics. For example. If you have a pallet of bottles, say 768  for wine bottles then this will be your limiting number of bottles as you will have to stop and remove the pallet or move to another location. As a general rule of thumb, you can realistically label 12 - 14 per minute with a manual labeller. I invented the method of applying labels in a semi automatic or manual way and was awarded a patent for this invention in 1992. So our experience is customer based. I notice a comment below suggesting 1000 per hour. This is physically not possible with a manual label applicator using wine bottles.

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Ralph Eibert from Prospero Equipment Corp.

Our semi auto unit is rated up to 600 BPH max speed.  You wont get much faster then this. 

Nov 5, 2013

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Henry Kaminski from Easy Labeler

The Kinnek Knowlege Team hit the nail on the head. I takes around 1.5 seconds to apply the label. Most of the time involved is in the handling of the container. If the unlabeled container is near the labeler and the machine has a mechanism to have the operator quickly and easily place the container in the correct position, it goes quite quickly. It is also a good idea, if possible, to have the storage or shipping carton at hand to receive the finished product. 

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Fred Ealy from Advent Machine

Manual,or Semi-Automatic label machines can label from 8 to 30 containers per minute depending on the operator,and the length of the label. The Advent  labeling machine is a good example of this speed.

Apr 22, 2014

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David Presley from Zap Labeler

Customers using Zap Labeler can get between five-hundred and one thousand per hour.   We have videos that show the different labeling styles on YouTube.

Jan 7, 2014

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