Label Printing Machinery and Its Role in Improving Efficiency

Improving the packaging and labeling process is a concern in almost every industry. From the crisp, branded labels of consumer goods to the large pallets in manufacturing, plants are challenged with increasing efficiency without sacrificing quality. Label printing machinery is a popular solution, as it is faster and more accurate than manual labeling and cuts down on the potential for human error.

Types of label printing machinery

Two of the most common types of label printing machinery are the print and apply labeling machine, and the apply only labeling machine. 

At Paragon Labeling, our apply-only machines use Prime labels, which are used for creative branding on individual products, like a bottle of wine. This type of label does not contain variable information and all of the images and data on these labels are pre-printed on a press. Apply-only machines are massive, and can hold and apply large rolls of labels to product.

Print and apply machines, on the other hand, use blank labels for secondary packaging, like a pallet or tote. These labels include important information for shipping, including some real time data like lot codes, so it’s imperative that labels are printed and applied neatly.

The biggest advantage of label printing machinery is speed. Label application speed is dependent on many variables such as desired label placement, product size/length and method of product handling. The machinery works faster and more accurately than manual processes, especially when you’re dealing with a variety of surfaces. Different applicators are available for surfaces that are rough, round, flat, and more — the shape of the item being labeled dictates the type of label application.

At Paragon Labeling, our label printing machinery can be configured to do multiple types of applications. Workers who learn to maintain the machines will have more familiarity with these applicators, as the core components of our machinery are all the same. This makes it easier and faster to make changes or repairs. 

Print and apply labeling machine

The print and apply labeling machine is an integrated solution that prints and then immediately applies labels to products, cartons, cases, pallets, and totes. At Paragon Labeling, our print and apply machinery can be configured to apply Secondary labels in different placements, including front and back, top and bottom, horizontal wrap, flat carton, and wrap labeling of round products.

Apply only labeling machine

As the name implies, an apply-only labeling machine does not print its own labels, only applies them. These machines can be used to place decorative labels onto a variety of products and be configured similar to the print and apply machine. Our apply-only machines use crisp Prime labels to convey branding and product information.

Label printing machinery industry applications

Label printing machinery is popular for labeling applications in a wide range of industries, from the unique labeling requirements of healthcare to the varying package sizes of consumer goods. 

Medical and Pharmacy

The healthcare industry has unique requirements for safety, material, and label size. Companies considering labeling machinery in this industry should look for customizable labels and a system that can improve efficiency while still maintaining a high level of quality and safety.

Manufacturing

Label printing machinery is commonly used in manufacturing, where companies are under enormous pressure to improve efficiency at a low cost. This industry prefers a machine that can print and apply crisp, clean labels to a variety of shapes and sizes, including secondary packaging, master cartons, shipping cases, pallets, and even individual products.

Consumer Goods

The consumer goods industry favors label printing machinery that can provide flexibility in packaging for promotions and new marketing programs. Both types of label printing machinery are typically used to cover each step of the packaging process. Configurable apply-only machines, for example, are well-suited for applying Prime labels to nearly any shape and style of product. Once that product is packaged, a print and apply machine can label Secondary product packaging used to deliver bulk product to retail outlets. 

Retail

Automatic labeling machines are also popular in retail, where the quality of product labels helps catch a customer’s eye. Customizable labels and a modular, highly reliable machine are key to a faster process and strong ROI.

Beverage and Food

Food and beverage companies face the challenge of unique labeling requirements, including SKU data, nutritional information, safe handling instructions, Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL), lot codes, and expiration dates. Label printing machinery can be used to quickly apply these customizable labels to a variety of individual products or to secondary packaging like cases, totes, and pallets. 

Benefits of using labeling printing machinery

One of the biggest advantages to using label printing machinery is that it is faster and more accurate than manual labeling, cutting down significantly on the potential for human error. By ensuring that clear, crisp labels are being correctly applied to a variety of surface types, plants are saved from costly mistakes that can slow down processing time.

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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 the labels they produce 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 a variety of industries.

Many print and apply labelers are configurable to different application types, making them a useful tool in a variety of 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 used to deliver bulk product 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 on them. Label application speed is dependent 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 application that works best 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.

PLS400

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.

PLS500

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.