What Is Bead Label Automation?

Bead label automation typically refers to dispensers or applicators that are able to automatically dispense and/or apply labels without the need for manual labor. These are systems designed to make production a lot easier, while also ensuring that your throughput rates are increased and the accuracy of identification and tracking is consistently reliable. 

The largest benefit of bead label automation will always be time, as the time consuming task of applying bead labels to tires is virtually eliminated.

Bead label automation has the ability to be fully integrated into your larger workflow processes to move towards a completely automated process in your facility. The tire industry is quickly transforming to automation in every area possible as throughput is high and accurate identification is crucial. At Computype, we provide a few options for bead label automation: The LD1000 which is a bead label dispenser, and the LA3100 and LA3200 that are bead label applicators.

Bead Label Automation Function Operator Involvement Where in the tire manufacturing process will this live? What challenge does this solve?
LD1000 Bead label dispenser Operator simply grabs the label after it has been automatically peeled from the backing for easy removal, and applies it to the tire carcass. Beginning of the tire's life. Tire beads need to be accurately labeled right away to ensure proper tracking throughout the manufacturing process. Removing each label from its liner is a time consuming task - automatic bead label dispensing expedites the labeling process tremendously b accomplishing this simple task. 
LA3100 Bead label applicator Place the roll of pre-printed bead labels in the bead label applicator. The applicator will tamp to apply the pre-printed bead barcode label to the already molded tire.  It is imperative that tire beads are labeled accurately. Bead label applicators ensure precision placement and identification, allowing for further usage of automation throughout the process and higher throughput. 
LA3200 Bead label applicator Place the role of pre-printed bead labels in the bead label applicator.  The applicator will apply the pre-printed bead barcode label to the ribbon of material before the tire has been molded.  It is imperative that tire beads are labeled accurately. Bead label applicators ensure precision placement and identification, allowing for further usage of automation throughout the process and higher throughput. 


When does bead label automation make sense?

LA3200 tire bead label applicatorBead label automation serves many purposes in a tire manufacturing plant, and likely if you have sizable throughput and inefficiencies in your manufacturing facility, you will see benefit in implementing this automation.

That being said, some tire manufacturing plants are lower volume; if this is the case, maybe bead label automation would cost more than it would save you. Computype is a strong advocate for bead label automation due to simplicity and efficiency it adds to your plant. In addition to that, when it comes to the bead barcode label on a tire, it is especially important that the labels are precisely printed and applied to the tire as planned.

Can every process easily integrate bead label automation?

Depending on the specific tire bead label automation your facility requires, most likely the answer to this question is ‘yes’. The tire bead label automation that Computype offers and distributes is about as simple to integrate as it gets. These are pieces of equipment that are meant for industrial environments and to be integrated with current manufacturing or production workflows.

The bead label automation in the industry currently are typically pieces of equipment that are designed for a specific task. They are meant to last and perform consistently in industrial settings. When it comes to bead label automation, integration should not be a worry.

What is your current labeling process?

LA3100 tire bead label applicator Before making any kind of automation decision, it is important to think through the factors mentioned above and ensure that this is the right shift for your business. It is hard to plan for the future if you lack awareness in your current processes and how they affect the operations and workflows of your plant.

Some things to consider that will determine your need for bead label automation:

  • Throughput:
    • If your plant has a high throughput rate, automation is likely a shift you have or should be considering. Automation offers huge time savings in the plant and also allows for skilled employees to be doing more valuable tasks.
  • Label Placement:
    • As mentioned above, it is extremely important in the tire bead labeling process that precision placement exists. It becomes an inefficient process if every time the tire goes through a different stage of the manufacturing process, an operator has to manually shift the tire for scanning. Automatic label applicators offer precision placement, so tires can simply move through the workflow in a ‘conveyor’ like manner and have ensured scanning capabilities.

What bead label automation should help you accomplish?

Bead label automation should give you an easy option to increase the productivity in your manufacturing plant by increasing throughput, as well of quality of the work. Time is money, and the addition of bead label automation saves you notable amounts of time and labor that you will now have the ability to invest elsewhere.

Last but not least...how much does bead label automation cost?

As with pretty much every process enhancement, it depends on the specifications of your company and how you choose to implement this technology. In addition to that, the bead label dispenser (LD1000) has the option to include a scanner if your company so chooses.

Bead Label Automation Cost Variables Final Price
LD1000 Bead Label Dispenser Cost will depend on the decision to add a scanner, or other customizations to compliment your process  $1,600-$2,600
LA3100 Bead Label Applicator Cost will depend on process-specific specifications, as well as the implementation process $28,000-$31,000
LA3200 Bead Label Applicator  Cost will depend on company specific specifications, as well as the implementation process $18,000-$23,000

It is imperative that the tire building process is tracked and traceable throughout the entire workflow. Bead label automation gives you the ability to manage that, while enhancing the productivity of the plant and improving the quality.

To see the LA3100 Tire Bead Label Applicator in action, take a look at the video.

 

The see the LA3200 Tire Bead Label Applicator in action, take a look at the video.

 

To see the LD1000 Tire Label Dispenser in action, take a look at the video.