Machine Applied Labels

Key Facts About Machine Applied Labels

Machine applied labels require careful consideration of various factors to ensure effective and efficient labeling. These include:

  • Machine Compatibility: Ensuring that the label dimensions, material, and adhesive are compatible with your specific labeling machine. This includes checking the label roll size, core diameter, and orientation.
  • Label Feed and Tension Control: The labels must feed consistently into the machine without jams or misalignments. Proper tension control is crucial to prevent label stretching or tearing.
  • Print Method Compatibility: If your labels will be printed by the machine (such as in a print-and-apply system), the label material must be compatible with the machine’s print technology, whether it’s direct thermal, thermal transfer, laser, or inkjet.
  • Sensor Compatibility: Automated label applicators often use sensors to detect label position for accurate application. The label material and its backing must be suitable for the machine’s sensor type (e.g., gap, black mark, continuous).
  • Application Speed and Precision: The label applicator’s speed should align with your production line’s requirements. Additionally, precision adjustments might be necessary for accurate placement, especially on irregular or rapidly moving products.
  • Environmental Factors: Consider the operating environment of the machine, such as cold storage and exposure to chemicals, as these can affect label adhesion and print quality.