Replacing manual tire labeling processes within your tire manufacturing process (whether that of bead barcode labels, or tread labels) with automated systems comes with a host of benefits- from increased throughput, to reduction in errors, to improved branding and accuracy. These benefits aren’t simply realized by the ‘flip of a switch’ though; they require detailed process planning with a label automation partner, and a thorough understanding of existing line speeds, data communication, and system goals.
Tire label automation has the capability to reduce or even fully replace human manual labor, virtually eliminate waste, and set the baseline for a future-proofed Industry 4.0 strategy - but first, some considerations must be discussed. In this article, we will address the six considerations we deem important to ensure proper and streamlined integration of label automation with existing manufacturing processes.
6 Considerations to Ensure Proper Tire Label Automation Integration
- Will the integration of tire label automation add a step to the process?
- Will all data element be accounted for as it relates to printing and/or applying labels?
- Will the implementation of tire label automation cause pauses in the tire manufacturing line?
- Will tire label automation complicate post-label application verification?
- Will my expectations for system speeds and throughput goals be met?
- Where will the tire label automation live in my manufacturing facility
1. Will the integration of tire label automation add a step to the process?
It is important to realize that tire label automation shouldn’t add a step to your process, but rather it should streamline existing processes. Tire label automation should be eliminating steps to make the process a more efficient workflow while also reducing the steps of correcting errors or manually ensuring tire labels are trackable and traceable.
Additionally, consider integrating label application so you’re not simply replacing a manual step with an automated step. Oftentimes, various steps can be accomplished in one with automation. Additionally, systems provided by Computype can typically be integrated straight into manufacturing lines to complement existing processes.
2. Will all data elements be accounted for as it relates to printing and/or applying labels?
This is an important consideration, especially in an industry as crucial as tire manufacturing. There are laws and regulations about the data included and printed on tire tread labels, from which the associated information is generated early on in the manufacturing process. To ensure that tire label automation will comply, determine all those needs and communicate them to your tire label automation supplier so the automation can be customized to the needs of your facility
While there are variable data inputs that each type of label might require, it is important to consider your options for tire label automation. For example, if considering automation for printing and applying of tread labels, where will the variable data on each label come from? One consideration is for the data to be scanned from the tire bead barcode label, and printed directly onto a branded template before automatic application to the tire. This methodology ensures that information associated to every tire is accurate from the point of origin, all the way through distribution or retail.
3. Will the implementation of tire label automation cause pauses in the tire manufacturing line?
Ideally, tire label automation should have the exact opposite effect, eliminating pauses and inefficiencies in the tire manufacturing line. There are valuable productivity and communication gains associated with installing a label application system in-line.
However, every manufacturing plant is different, so it is important that you take predictive measures to ensure data and procedural connections to reduce any chances of tires piling up or having to wait on the next step in the process.
4. Will tire label automation complicate post-label application verification?
Considering post-label application verification serves as a checkpoint in your process. Validating proper transfer of label information ensures data accuracy, and ultimately eliminates errors and rework at a later point in the process.
As mentioned above, it is absolutely crucial that tires are labeled correctly, in addition to being traceable throughout the entire manufacturing process. Without automation, this is a manual task that requires careful and time consuming labor.
Tire label automation is intended to do anything but complicate the process, rather it simplifies it. Implementation of automation gives your facility the ability to ensure accurate printing and verification without a human even needing to come into direct contact with the label or tire.
5. Will my expectations for system speeds and throughput goals be met?
Tire manufacturing facilities typically have relatively high throughput and a lot of moving parts. Setting expectations for system speeds and throughput goals is critical to efficient and effective tire label automation integration. As discussed above, ideally the lines are all moving in a cohesive manner, keeping pace with all other components in the process. Ensuring label print speeds, dispensing, and application are moving at rates that support the line is critical for efficiency.
Typically, with automation, your expectations for throughput and speed should only increase as miniscule tasks can be streamlined and accuracy can be guaranteed with lower operator involvement and variability in the workflow. Automated tread labeling systems such as Chromaffix, for example, can print and apply labels at a rate of 2.5 seconds per tire, which is more consistent and efficient than manual application.
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6. Where will the tire label automation live in my manufacturing facility?
Thinking through the actual location to which the label application component will be installed is also critical to the success of the project. Real estate is extremely value in manufacturing facilities. Tire manufacturing is no exception to this, as the product will claim tangible space.
Determine how much real estate you have to work with before making a final decision on tire label automation, to ensure you have a plan and will not be making last minute rearrangements or cramming the facility.
Automatic label application sets the baseline for adopting an Industry 4.0 strategy, can provide throughput and productivity gains, and ultimately provides more accurate output. Ensure an efficient and streamlined process by partnering with an experienced label automation integrator, and considering the elements listed above.
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