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Automated labelling

12 December 2012

Westland Horticulture at Alconbury is automating its pallet labelling operation with a Logopak system that uses RFID to ensure that pallet loads of mixed goods, assembled by hand, are accurately identified to the prin

Westland Horticulture at Alconbury is automating its pallet labelling operation with a Logopak system that uses RFID to ensure that pallet loads of mixed goods, assembled by hand, are accurately identified to the print & apply labelling machine after wrapping.

The pallet loads are assembled on seven lines and can contain a mix of products in a variety of packs including sacks, cases and plastic containers. They are placed on a conveyor at random and stretch hoods applied automatically.

"Pallets cannot be labelled for transit immediately after loading, since the thickness and opacity of the stretch film prevents accurate scanning," explains Logopak UK gm Wilson Clark. "But with pallets wrapped at random, each needs a unique ID that can be read for automatic labelling."
 
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