A bottle is a narrow-necked container made of an impermeable material (such as glass, plastic or aluminium) in various shapes and sizes that stores and transports liquids. Its mouth, at the bottling line, can be sealed with an internal stopper, an external bottle cap, a closure, or induction sealing.
Choosing the right bottle labeling machine will improve quality perceptions while keeping your production line running smoothly. The right bottle labeler does more than ensure your finished products have a sleek, professional touch. It also integrates seamlessly with other tools and keeps your production line efficient and your maintenance costs under control. In addition to standard requirements like high precision, speed, and throughput, your specific types of labels and bottles will require a specific bottle labeling machine, and VKPAK’s seasoned experts can help you select one that fits your needs and budget.
VKPAK makes a variety of bottle labeling machine equipment that can automatically place and secure most label types on a variety of containers. VKPAK offers four different bottle labeling systems, all of which use cutting-edge technology to achieve the highest speed and accuracy in the labeling machine market.
Bottle Self-Adhesive Labeling Machine
Self-adhesive labeling machines (pressure-sensitive labelers) can apply a single wrap-around label to the front, back, and neck of a bottle, as well as the top and bottom of a container, or separate labels to the front, rear, and neck of a container. VKPAK self-adhesive labelers range from economical tabletop models up to high-speed rotary labelers. The self-adhesive labeling machines are compatible with plastic, metal, fiber, and glass containers.
VKPAK manufactures a variety of sticker labelers for many different applications. Labeling systems are available in semi-automatic table-top solutions, fully in-line automatic labelers, and high-speed rotary systems for customers with high-speed production lines. These labeling machines use the latest technology to deliver superb adaptability and performance.
Bottle Shrink Sleeve Labeling Machine
Shrink Sleeve Labelers drop a heat-shrinkable plastic sleeve label over a container. The label conforms to the shape of the container after passing through a heat tunnel. A short sleeve dropped over the container neck becomes a tamper-evident seal. Sleeve labelers are faster than other labeler types, able to label up to 300 containers a minute.
Sleeve labelers and tamper evident banders from VKPAK are built for speed, accuracy, and efficiency at a low cost. They’re perfect for bottle and container sleeve labeling, decoration, and tamper-evident banding. Compact designs fit into tight production lines and can produce full-body and tamper-evident banding at speeds of up to 450 per minute full body and 600 per minute tamper-evident banding. There are several sleeve models based on label lay flat sizes and speed requirements.
Bottle Wet Glue Labeling Machine
The wet glue labeller applies labels from a stack to containers at very high speed. It is a technique principally used on rigid packaging, such as glass or durable plastic bottles.
Wet glue labeling machine automatically paste labels on round container of glass, plastic, aluminum, pet, cardboard container and wrap-around labels in the vertical position by using cold glue. This machine is rigid, versatile and engineered for reliability and enhance operational efficiency in addition, it has several exclusive features which offer additional advantages.
Bottle Hot Melt Glue Labeling Machine
Hot melt glue labeling machine apply thin stripes of molten glue to the back of a paper label that is then wrapped around the container. Soup and paint cans are often labeled this way.
4 Things to Consider in a Bottle Labeling Machine
Bottle labeling machine have many options, even within models, because many of these products need multiple labels (and manufacturers want machines that have the ability to accommodate several bottle sizes). So, how do you go about choosing a machine that’s right for your product lines?
What Makes Bottle Labeling Machines Different from Other Label Applicators?
Bottle labeling systems are far more complex than other package labeling applicators. The process starts when bottles enter the labeler’s conveyor belt (often immediately after going through the capping machine).
Guide rails support the bottles as they form a single line, and the bottles then pass by one or more label applicators. Each applicator draws adhesive labels from a reel and rolls them onto the bottles. Rollers grip the bottle, spinning it as the label is applied, and that rotation is timed with the applicator, while the rollers keep the bottle from rocking back and forth. This sturdiness ensures even application.
Sensors on automatic bottle labeling machines detect the bottle position and label positions so the bottle can be lined up for each new label. This helps orient back, front, cover and neck labels, and these bottle label applicator machines can handle plastic bottles, glass bottles, and even stainless steel metal bottles. Label applicators are also designed to accommodate different label sizes and label widths.
Bottle labelers use modular construction throughout, which gives you options for the number of labels it applies (and their position), as well as the types of bottles it can handle. This means you have several decisions to make about the initial setup and also need to consider changes and upgrades you might want/need to make in the future.
1. What Bottle Shapes Do You Use?
The vast majority of bottles are cylindrical containers, so most labeling machines can only handle cylindrical bottles. Tapered bottles need applicators that can apply labels without skewing them while using rollers that can grip the sides for orientation.
However, it’s important to have all your product information in hand before choosing a bottle labeling system because your chosen bottles might not be round containers! Labeling a square bottle is like labeling a box. It has sides that can be oriented, and labels can be placed on each side or wrapped around the bottle. In these instances, you need a bottle labeler/applicator that handles rectangular objects but has space for the necks of the bottles.
2. What Bottle Size Do You Use?
Obviously, you need a machine that can handle your bottles. However, you may find it useful to get a machine that handles multiple bottle sizes to fit shifting product demands.
For example, if you’re bottling wine, you need a machine that can handle 750 mL bottles. Bottling beer or craft soda? You probably use 12 oz. bottles. However, by limiting your offerings to one type of packaging, you could limit sales opportunities in the future. If you’re selling wine, adding half bottles to your line may help boost sales to restaurants and bars.
Likewise, a brewery may choose to sell their standard products in 12 ounce beer bottles and cans, while packing specialty or seasonal beers in wine bottles or growlers. So, it’s important for each beer bottle labeling machine to work for unique bottling processes.
No matter what you’re bottling, you need to think about accommodating different sizes and shapes of bottles for various markets, including bottles in both customary and metric sizes.
3. What Types of Adhesive Labels Do You Need?
Depending on your product design, you may need anywhere from 1-5 adhesive labels for your product.
Wrap-around labeling is the simplest and least expensive way to label a bottle. There’s no need to orient a cylindrical bottle, since there’s no front, so the machine simply rolls the bottle around as it applies a label that covers most of the bottle’s side.
There are two ways to apply front/back labels. With two labeling attachments, the bottle is oriented and labeled twice along the conveyor. This may be the best way to go, if you use a standard back label for multiple products, since you only need to change the front label roll when switching product lines. It also offers the best labeling speed. Some machines support front/back labels using a single label dispenser. The web has alternating front and back labels and the roller orients the bottle twice to apply these labels.
Bottle Neck Labels:
Bottle necks are tapered, requiring the same angled applications as an angled bottle. However, the rollers can still grip the cylindrical sides of the bottle. By adding label sensors, the bottle can also be oriented so that the front of the neck label lines up with the face label.
These labels wrap over the lid so that they must be torn to open the bottle. Tamper-proof bottle stickers also provide more space for text and graphics, letting you add detail to your bottle design. Like neck labels, they can be oriented to line up with the face or back labels.
With a cover label, you can add an inexpensive label on top of your full color labels to meet market requirements. For example, you can use cover labels to add ingredient lists in the market’s native language.
4. Do You Need to Print on the Label?
Serial numbers, expiration dates, bar codes and production codes can be added to the labeling machine by incorporating a print engine. For long-term storage, you’ll want to use thermal transfer printing, which melts ink onto the label. This process doesn’t require thermal paper, and the text will be visible throughout the life of the product.
Whether you need a top-of-the-line labeler for custom-shaped craft beverages, a portable label applicator for small pharmaceutical products like vials or ampoules, or the right bottle labeling machinery for any other products, we have got you covered.
Find The Right Label Machine For Bottles And Request A Quote Today
If you would like more information about our bottle labeling machines, or our filling machine systems along with a free quote, simply contact us today. You can also find out about other equipment we carry in addition to labeling machines for bottles to complete your production lines.
To help you get the most from your bottle label machine purchase, we also offer services such as installation, repairs, and line optimization that can allow for seamless integration with the rest of your equipment.