Labeling Machines in Canada

Labeling Machines in Canada

What you should know before buying a labeling machine in Canada

If you are reading this, chances are good that you are actively looking to buy a new piece of equipment and I hope we can help you make a good decision.

As the title tells, some of the information below is specifically intended for manufacturing companies based in Canada, but the ideas shared are applicable everywhere.  Before you start contacting different companies to get quotations, you should minimally do some homework.  Here is a short list of the information you will need to provide to any vendors to let them assess your labeling project:

  • Types of product(s) to be labeled
  • Dimensions of your smallest and largest products (ideally, provide technical drawings)
  • Dimensions of your smallest and largest labels
  • Description of the labeling task (wrap, front & back, top, bottom, tamper evident etc)
  • Speed requirement for a specific format and size (i.e. 60 per minute on 500ml round bottle)
  • Do you need to print variable information, and if so is it on the label or on the container

Of course, each machine projects are slightly different and even after many years in the industry, we come across some unique projects from time to time. Human creativity is limitless!

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Searching for a solution on the web will bring a huge quantity of information that may not always be easy to assimilate for the average person.  Most people will not invest the time to read technical documentation, but videos however will show you in minutes the solution you have been looking for.  You see it, you know who makes it and you want it as soon as possible.

Before you proceed, you must take a few more things into consideration.  Each provincial jurisdiction in Canada has their own particularities when it comes to industrial machinery.  Also, it is not because a machine is made in Canada that it will respect the regulations.

Safeguarding of machinery

Yes, many automatic labelers MUST be guarded according to CSA Standard Z432-16 if there are exposed pinch points, nip points or snag points. Yet, many new machines coming from Asia, the United States or even Canada fail to be equipment with safety guarding. However, most machines coming from Europe have protection. Ultimately, this is the responsibility of the buyer to make sure the machines are safe to be used by their staff. Here is more information about this topic:

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Safeguarding of machinery

Yes, many automatic labelers MUST be guarded according to CSA Standard Z432-16 if there are exposed pinch points, nip points or snag points. Yet, many new machines coming from Asia, the United States or even Canada fail to be equipment with safety guarding. However, most machines coming from Europe have protection. Ultimately, this is the responsibility of the buyer to make sure the machines are safe to be used by their staff. Here is more information about this topic:

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Electrical Certification of your machine

Those who buy electrical products for use in machinery should be aware of the Canadian standards and certification requirements for the specific equipment, such as motors, controls, and sensors. All of the Canadian provinces have adopted the CSA electrical standards, which means that certification is mandatory for all electrical products to be installed in Canada. These standards focus mainly on safety from electrical shock and fire hazard. For most labeling machinery, which are customized to some levels, a witness testing certification is highly recommended. This means that a certified inspector will approve and apply a tag to your machine.

Do you need a transformer on your machine

When you are buying a machine, make sure you are aware of the voltage available in your building. Many machines coming from Europe will work on 400V and will require a built-in or external transformer to work in Canada. Also, many businesses located in rural area have not 3 phase current available, which could be a problem for many industrial machines operating on 208V, 3 phase. It is always better and less costly to address this problem earlier than later.

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Do you need a transformer on your machine

When you are buying a machine, make sure you are aware of the voltage available in your building. Many machines coming from Europe will work on 400V and will require a built-in or external transformer to work in Canada. Also, many businesses located in rural area have not 3 phase current available, which could be a problem for many industrial machines operating on 208V, 3 phase. It is always better and less costly to address this problem earlier than later.

Availability of parts and after-sale service

As obvious as it may be, many people are buying labeling machinery oversees or from “fly-by-night distributors” and thinks everything will be just fine. Even the best and most expensive machines will require service and parts to be replaced, so this cannot be overlooked. Ideally, ask your supplier for a list of critical spare parts and keep a minimum in stock. You should also ask for a list of long lead time items and make your own risk analysis to determine if you should stock those parts. Ultimately, if you wait 2 weeks for a part, you machine will be down and your productivity will suffer. Finally, make sure qualified service technician are available to travel to your area if you ever need them.

Of course, the first and most important objective is to find the right machine for your needs while respecting your budget. It is understood that some of points discussed above will most likely make your machine a little more expensive upfront, but it will likely bring savings on the long term.

I hope this article will help you avoid some pitfalls and make it easier to make the right decision.