Print and Apply Labeler: Fast and Efficient Automatic Labeling

Print and apply labelers are a common solution for companies looking to improve efficiency in the packaging and labeling process. This machinery provides a strong ROI by working faster and more accurately than manual labeling, resulting in fewer costly errors that slow down production. Here’s what you need to know about print and apply labelers:

What is a print and apply labeler?

A print and apply labeler is an integrated labeling solution that allows you to print and immediately apply labels to products, cartons, cases, pallets, and totes. These systems are popular because their labels are crisp and clear, reducing the risk of errors when scanning barcodes. The labels are applied faster and more accurately than manual labeling, making them a cost-effective solution for various industries.

Many print and apply labelers are configurable to different application types, making them useful tools in various industries. For example, they are commonly seen in manufacturing, where companies process large volumes of secondary packaging, such as master cartons, shipping cases, and pallets. A print and apply labeler can label these package sizes and types more efficiently than through manual labor, helping processing plants operate at a lower cost. These machines are also well-suited for consumer goods, as they can label packaging to deliver bulk products to retail outlets.

Even industries with more stringent labeling requirements, such as healthcare and food/beverage, can benefit from a print and apply labeler. Guidelines on label size and material, as well as industry-specific information — such as lot codes, expiration dates, and safe handling instructions — can easily be incorporated into crisp, customizable labels configured to the proper shape.

How does a print and apply labeler work?

Print and apply labelers print and then immediately apply labels to products, cartons, cases, pallets, and totes. These labeling machines are typically maintained by workers on the plant floor, who can specify configurations for labels and the information included. Label application speed depends on many variables, such as desired label placement, product size/length, and method of product handling.

At Paragon Labeling, our print engines come from top brands like Zebra or Sato. A full line of field interchangeable application modules allows users to label in virtually any orientation. The seven most common application types are:

  • Corner wrap
  • Roll-on
  • Wipe
  • Swing arm applicator
  • Dual action tamp
  • Blow applicator
  • Tamp apply 

According to Lowry Solutions, the best application for you will depend on “the size of your production space, the size and shape of your product, and the type of label you need.” Corner wrap, for example, is good for limited production space, while roll-on is well-suited for applying long labels.

Paragon Labeling print and apply labelers

Paragon Labeling utilizes a modular and flexible design that allows you to reconfigure your labeling system as your needs evolve without needing to buy a whole new system.  Paragon provides a feature-rich system used to print and apply labels to a variety of secondary packaging.


Our PLS400 family of products provides users with a high-quality and cost-effective labeling solution. This family of products is the ideal solution for labeling applications which require logic control and integration within an open architecture. Their flexible design makes this unit capable of fulfilling the unique requirements of any supply chain application. With more standard features than similar products in the market, the PLS400 family of products provides end-users with the benefits of a customized solution for the price of a standard solution. 

PLS400 Plus

The PLS400 Plus has a remote mount interface and color touch screen display with operational status background. 100 built-in label location “Recipes” and on-screen troubleshooting and diagnostic tools — including error logging with timestamp — makes this machine easy to operate. It is built with a durable plate aluminum and fully enclosed chassis that protects the print engine.


Paragon Labeling Systems PLS500 is the ultimate label application solution. Dedicated to maximizing organizations’ productivity, the PLS500 provides superior quality and integration. Compared to similar labeling solutions, the PLS500 offers more standard features, superior modularity, higher performance, cost-effectiveness, built-in reliability and a greater ROI to its users. Whether you need to apply pre-printed labels, utilize print and apply labeling, or need a RFID solution, the PLS500 series of products can meet your most demanding needs. 

The PLS500 features a remote control interface, color touch screen display with operational status background, and built-in diagnostic tools. Swing-away applicator mounts make for easy cleaning and loading, while a vacuum system back-flush eliminates dust clogging. Optional “quick-change” tamp pads for multiple label sizes and configurations for decorative labeling, print and apply, or RFID make this a versatile print and apply labeler.

This labeling machinery has a robust build and operates with a print speed from 2”-16”/second at 200 to 600dot per inch (DPI) and is accurate to +/- 1/64”. 

Learn more about Paragon Labeling’s print and apply labelers here.