Hand-operated label applicator

A hand-operated label applicator designed specifically for small to medium businesses employing unskilled labour, has met with “overwhelmingly positive” response at the South African International Trade Exhibition (Saitex) in Johannesburg.
The machine is robust and very easy to set and operate, yet extremely efficient, according to its deve {mosimage}A hand-operated label applicator designed specifically for small to medium businesses employing unskilled labour, has met with “overwhelmingly positive” response at the South African International Trade Exhibition (Saitex) in Johannesburg.
The machine is robust and very easy to set and operate, yet extremely efficient, according to its developer, businessman Jan Marais. It is also very affordable, costing around $650, compared to automatic machines which sell for $4,300 and more.
“The machine was developed under actual factory conditions, for the smaller businessman who cannot afford the automatic models which normally can only be set by trained personnel,” says Marais. His applicator, the Impala, is a simple, tabletop model which needs no electricity, has no intricate parts to maintain and uses readily available, self-adhesive labels. Operated by two unskilled labourers, it can label up to 1,000 units per hour.
“Being so cost-effective, some big companies keep the applicator alongside their automatic machines for short runs,” says Marais.
The Impala has been on the market in South Africa since the beginning of the year. At Saitex the response to it was overwhelming, according to Marais, with a lot of interest shown from businessmen from the rest of Africa. Exports will be done through qualified agents.
MARAIS: jcon@lantic.net Tel 0825827465; Fax +27 12 8034628
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