Labeling machines apply labels to various products. The most common types of labeling machines include label printers, label applicators, printer-applicators, and labeling systems. Some specialized labeling machines also exist. These include rotary labeling systems for bottles and special printers and applicators for RFID and security tags.
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Applications of Labeling Machines
Labeling machine is a general term that applies to all labeling equipment, be they applicators, dispensers, printers, or full fledged labeling systems. They all produce or attach labels to products in many different kinds of applications, such as specialized labels for individualized goods or generalized labels that are mass produced. The weight and price tags at the meat counter at the grocery store are an example of custom labels, while the labels on baby food jars are produced and applied in a factory, one after another and are therefore stock labels that are mass produced.
Any industry that manufactures any type of product utilizes label machines, including:
- Food and Beverage
- Automotive Companies
Labels purchased at the post office, which are printed out and applied to packages, are a major aspect of the shipping and handling industry. Also, any and every store and supplier depends on a specific type of labeling called barcoding. Barcode labelers are encoded tags that allow cashiers to swipe them with an infrared price gun and have the price pop right up. This specific label has simplified the industry and helped make it what it is today.
Notable Types of Labeling Machines
The variances in labeling machines are important, since a buyer must understand the different products to know what will suit in what context. Label printers are generally high-quality, fast-working thermal transfer printers. Specialized label printers exist for a variety of applications, such as in laboratories and for hospital wristbands. Printer-applicators both print and apply labels for nearly any packaged good. Labels may identify the product and brand specifically, or they may have added information, such as nutritional facts, product warnings, or bar codes. Label applicators apply labels to individual products. They come in air-blow and tamp-blow varieties that blow labels onto products quickly and accurately. Another type of label applicators is the wipe-on applicator, which wipes labels onto products, including around corners and on curved and unusually shaped products. For more complicated labeling needs, labeling systems can be used. Labeling systems are integrated systems that include label printing and applying, integrated conveyor belts, and computerized controls.