Strapping machines make packaging an shipping much easier and automated for many different applications. With advancements in the technology for strapping machines and industrial automation systems, the marketplace have evolved to offer a wide range of automatic and semi-automatic strapping machines.
These two types of strapping machines are ideal for certain types of applications. Therefore, it is important to know the differences between the automatic and semi-automatic strapping machines, and which applications are best for each type.
One of the primary differences is that the semi-automatic version requires someone to run it depending on the level of automation. This is because the machine needs to be controlled mainly using buttons so that it can work efficiently. The person controlling the machine will press the necessary switches when something needs to be packed and will also be the one controlling the number of items that will be strapped.
On the other hand, the automatic version can work even without anyone controlling it especially if it is fully automated. This is because the automatic strapping machines usually use sensors which detects when there is an item that needs to be strapped.
Another significant difference is that the automatic version straps more items than the semi-automatic version over the same period of time. This is attributed to that the automatic version does not require to be controlled for it can work on its own. Therefore, there is no time wasted trying controlling it and therefore it straps more items.
This makes the automatic version ideal for companies and businesses that pack a lot of items which are significant small. This is because it would take a lot of time controlling the machine every time an item is to be strapped. The speed also makes the semi-automatic strapping machine ideal for strapping things which are relatively larger and do not require to be strapped in large numbers over a short time.
These larger units usually require being strapped more carefully and as a result the semi-automatic version is ideal since the person controlling it gets to see and control how the strapping is going on.
The semi-automatic strapping machines are also relatively cheaper than the automatic machines. This is mainly because more advanced technology is applied in the making of the automatic ones and as a result their price is higher. This applies even in maintenance where the automatic version requires higher level of maintenance to ensure it is running efficiently. Furthermore, the spare parts of the automatic version are also more expensive since they are more sophisticated.
However, the price and cost should not be a hindrance when it comes to selecting the most suitable version. This is because the choice should be made depending on the application. People strapping many small units should opt for the automatic version while those strapping relatively larger units should opt for the semi-automatic version.