Labels are vital to advertising, and therefore sales. They convey important product information to customers and tracking information to manufacturers. Finding the right type of label applicator will help you achieve your labeling needs. Product type and volume will help determine whether a semi-automated or fully automated label applicator is best.
Placement of a semi-automated label applicator or manual label applicator is usually flexible; there are even tabletop models. However, for high-volume or high-speed production, fully automated industrial label applicators are usually the most cost efficient.
A fully-automated label applicator consists of a control system and a head or application device incorporated into a conveyor system. Some automated label applicators print labels themselves, while others require pre-printed labels produced by a separate label printer.
An industrial label applicator may be any one of these types:
1. Tamp label applicators consist of pneumatic or electric cylinders that extend out and press, or tamp, adhesive paper labels onto products.
2. Blow label applicators use a burst of air to blow an adhesive paper label onto products.
3. Temp-blow label applicators combine technologies by using both extension and blowing methods.
4. Ink or laser printers apply codes.
Gauge what label application is worth to your businessLabel printing and application systems do not all cost the same, nor do they get the same results. Figure out what you're willing to spend before you start shopping. If you are labeling for tracking purposes, shop for simple systems that are reliable and consistent. If advertising is part of the scenario, make a careful decision. Label applicators will have a major effect on how your product looks on the shelf. Opting for a more expensive labeling system, or one that requires more employees to operate, may be worth the investment if it produces a more attractive finish.
Shop appropriate label applicator manufacturers and sellersSince labeling applications are diverse, there are big differences between sources.
Be prepared to calibrate and maintain your label applicatorsGood stand-alone and manual label applicators are not much trouble, but automated industrial label applicators incorporated into production lines can be complicated and touchy. In some industrial production lines, workers are employed for the sole purpose of monitoring the quality and consistency of label application. Make an effort to achieve an optimal initial setup, then monitor your label applicator as needed. A poor initial setup that requires repeated recalibration can slow or halt production.
- The shape of your product packages may help you determine what type of label applicator capabilities you need. Vertical wrap is used for square or near-square packages, while horizontal wrap is good for round objects. Top labeling applies to soft packages. For applications that require labels on multiple sides, use top/bottom labeling for flat objects and front/back labeling for tall objects.