Print & Apply Label Applicator Systems

Print and apply label applicator systems are essential to the day-to-day operations of most modern industries. Learn why in this comprehensive profile.

Labels are an essential part of modern product packaging. Companies use them to market their products, consumers read them to understand important product information, and retailers rely on label barcodes to maintain inventory counts and complete the sales process. In addition to these uses, labels also allow companies to comply with the various federal/state regulations and supply chain policies that require certain products to bear essential information. 

For example, beginning in 1972, the FDA has maintained stringent requirements regarding what information over-the-counter (OTC) medications must display on their labels. Although there are several labeling differences from drug-to-drug, all OTC labels must include:

  • A list of active Ingredients
  • A list of inactive ingredients
  • General purposes
  • Directions for use
  • Applicable warnings
  • Control numbers
  • Expiration date

Similar types of standards exist for many other industries, including chemical production, food manufacturing, cosmetic product development, electrical engineering, and more. 

To satisfy legal requirements, comply with supply chain policies, and maintain transactional efficiency, companies across the manufacturing world often utilize print and apply label applicator systems to outfit their products with the required information.

How a Print and Apply Label Applicator System Can Improve Your Operation 

Print-and-apply label machines (PALM) provide users with the ability to streamline the labeling process. PALM systems perform two major functions:

  1. Print individual adhesive labels.
  2. Apply the adhesive labels to passing products on a production line through the use of an applicator arm or tamping device.

A well-made PALM system can perform these two functions at high speeds with reliable accuracy. Due to the wide variety of applicator technologies on the market, PALM systems are also capable of applying labels to surfaces of materials that greatly differ in substrate, including:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Pallets
  • Shrinkwrap
  • Flexible pouches

By using a PALM system to label products, companies benefit from:

  • Improved Efficiency: Automated labeling takes substantially less time to complete than hand-labeling. Further, it allows workers that were previously tasked with hand-labeling to focus on other important duties.
  • Fewer Errors: Manual labeling inherently comes with a risk of human error (i.e., label choice and placement). Automated systems standardize the labeling process and reduce the risk of errors.
  • Maximized Uptime: Hand labeling is a time-consuming process that comes with a high risk of error. As such, labeling times can often run longer than anticipated which can lead to delays in other parts of the production process. With a PALM system, companies can accelerate the labeling process, creating higher levels of efficiency overall. 

To help companies utilize these benefits, InkJet, Inc. offers Evolabel® print and apply labelers. Below, we profile some of the Evolabel’s important features and explain how this machine can improve your operation.

The Evolabel System and Its Benefits

Machine labeling boxes

Evolabel print and apply labelers are intuitive and versatile PALM systems that are perfect for secondary and/or tertiary packaging applications. Offering full integration and built with easy-to-use label creation software, Evolabel PALM systems provide users with the ability to apply labels at industrial speeds up to 95 m/min. With these capabilities, companies can easily achieve code-compliance by outfitting their labels with essential information like:

  • Machine-scannable barcodes
  • Best before dates/packaging dates
  • Lot numbers/batch codes/serial numbers
  • Ingredient lists
  • Manufacturer title and location
  • Product weight
  • Directions for use

With these inclusions, companies of all industries can follow the labeling guidelines set by supply chain partners and government agencies. Further, Evolabel systems are able to use chemical-resistant paper and produce A-grade barcodes, allowing companies to meet even the strictest regulations. 

To fit into different line configurations and accommodate specific substrates, the Evolabel is compatible with a number of applicators. Popular applicator options include:

  • Belt applicators that use vacuum belts to transport labels from the print engine onto the substrate.
  • Blow applicators that use pressurized air to transport labels from the print engine onto the substrate.
  • Swing applicators are mechanical arms to transport labels from the print engine onto the substrate.

Other important Evolabel specs include:

Available printer models:

- D43 4" direct thermal printer with 300 dpi resolution
 

- T43 4" thermal transfer printer with 300 dpi resolution
 

- T63 6" thermal transfer printer with 300 dpi resolution

Communication:

EXT 1 (RS-232)

Minimum label size (WxL):

- D43: 30x20 mm

 

- T43: 30x20 mm

 

- T63: 115x20 mm

Maximum label size (WxL):

- D43: 118x240 mm

 

- T43: 118x240 mm

 

- T63: 176x240 mm

Power supply:

DC input: 24 VDC / 4.0 A

Surrounding temperature (operation):

+5°C to +40°C / +41°F to +104°F

Surrounding humidity:

20 to 85%

Searching for a Print and Apply Label Applicator System? InkJet, Inc. Can Help

PALM systems like the Evolabel print and apply labeler enable companies to improve their operations by streamlining the packaging process. If you’re interested in integrating a PALM system into your production line, contact InkJet, Inc. today to get started. 

To find the perfect print and apply label applicator system for your operation, contact InkJet, Inc. online today or call 1(800) 280-3245

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