Reduce scrap and errors with precisely and automatically placed barcode labels.
The largest benefit of bead barcode label automation is placement accuracy, as the need for tires to be automatically scanned downstream is non-negotiable, and the bead label is the tire’s only source of identity.
Tire barcode label automation has the ability to be fully integrated into your tire build machine 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. We have several base models that we often leverage when working directly with tire manufacturers to create the perfect barcode automation solution for their plant.
|Automation||Function||Best Suited For||Price Point||Additional Benefits||Examples|
|Label Dispenser||Dispenses pre-imaged barcodes for manual application||Tire manufacturers that still require operator involvement but want to reduce time associated with labeling.||$1,600 - $2,600||Workstations remain tidy as dispensers automatically rewind liner||LD1000|
|Barcode Applicator||Applies pre-imaged barcodes to either pre-cure or cured tires||Tire manufacturing facilities that utilize pre-imaged barcodes and want to remove manual labeling from the tire build process||$18,00 - $32,000||With multiple application methods, barcodes can just as easily be applied to flat rubber as they can to formed tires, making for easy integration to support existing processes. Verification systems can ensure scannable barcodes.||
|Barcode Printer Applicator||Prints and applies barcodes to tires||Tire manufacturing facilities that print their own barcode labels & also want to remove manual labeling from the tire build process||$20,000||Print and apply barcodes to tires all in one step; can be affixed in various orientations to support space constraints and lean workflows||Hermes Printer Applicator|
*Costs will vary and depend on customization and service levels, volume, and consumables
To reap the highest value to your process, it would only make sense that a standalone manual process not simply be replaced with an automated standalone process. That said, there is almost always some design and development work that needs to happen in order for automation to integrate into and complement your existing tire build process.
Here is what the design & development process entails, should you continue to explore barcode automation options:
1. A Product Manager will reach out for an initial conversation. The purpose of this discussion is to learn which of the reasons above sparked your interest in tire barcode automation, in addition to understanding any associated goals or challenges that could be also be addressed through label automation. This is also the time for you to qualify us and ask questions!
2. The barcode label evaluation step is next as we’ll need to be sure that we align the labeling strategy with that of the automation. Not all labels are created equal, and not all labels are plug-and-play as it relates to label applicators. There is a chance that with the qualification of automation, you may also need to consider and qualify new labels. Not to worry, as our teams are experts as it relates to pairing labels with automation to achieve optimal results.
3. Next, we’ll put our heads together to determine how we can actually make barcode label applicators work in your facility. Elements like where the applicators will be physically located on the line, and at what stage in the build process labels are required to be applied are common discussion topics. We typically start with base-model printer or applicator systems and customize from there, so having a really good handle on your process and goals is critical before we can go away and put together proper design concepts.
4. The next bit relies heavily on our engineering team. They will take all the notes gathered and actually put together a concept for your barcode label applicator. It is also at this stage that price can be discussed, since there is now something tangible to speak to. The concept and price will then be presented back to you for feedback. It is not uncommon at all for several modifications or versions to go back and forth in order to perfect the design.
5. Pending the concept meets your expectations and the business case is justified, the next step is manufacturing production. We’ll provide you with a clear timeline, and will get to work!
6. Next stop, no more manually applying tire barcode labels!
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.
Waste and rework reduction:
As is true in most cases having to do with automation, the benefits of accuracy, consistency, and efficiency almost always outweigh and outperform those of manual. Barcode label automation is no exception.
|Manual Barcode Labeling||Automated Label Applicator|
|Safety||Human Elements||Ergonomic design; Few moving parts|
|Solution||No||Lowest total cost of ownership|
The primary rationale behind implementation of bead label automation is driven as a result of downstream scanning. As most tire manufacturing facilities rely solely on the barcode to drive and manage operations, automated scanning is imperative to achieve lean operations.
If waste or rework as a result of unscannable labels due to inconsistent label placement is a reality in your plant, barcode label automation may be something worth considering.