Types Of Labeling Machines

A labeling machine, as the name implies, is a device that applies or covers labels (in rolls or large quantities) to the surface of products or containers (bottles, bags, boxes, etc.) Some labeling machines are not only used to dispense or apply labels, but also to print them. There is a wide range of labeling machines on the market, ranging from high–production units that allow for complete automation of the print and apply process to manual devices that provide for simple label dispensing.

Some labeling machines are designed to apply labels to specific items or products, while others are designed for use with a wide range of packages, containers, and products. There are numerous models currently on the market, made by a variety of manufactures. With so many different types available, it is possible to find the right labeling machine for practically any application.

This article mainly introduces the types of labeling machines.

Due to the different types of labeling objects and the different shapes of the label materials, the labeling requirements are also different. Therefore, in order to meet the labeling needs under different conditions, there are different types and varieties of labeling machines.

This article describes the types of labeling machines from the following dimensions:

1. According to the degree of automation

2. According to the labeling function

3. According to the type of label

4. According to the running direction of the container

5. According to the running direction of the equipment

1. According to the degree of automation

According to the degree of automation: labeling machine is divided into manual labeling machine, semi-automatic labeling machine and automatic labeling machine. If you’ve done any research into labeling equipment, you’ll find that suppliers offer different equipment types according to price, container abilities, speeds, configurations, and more. Before you buy anything, it’s helpful to learn your options to help you make a more informed purchase decision. Below is a brief overview of the most common types of labeling equipment ranging from low to high volume labeling.


Manual labeling machine

A manually operated label applicator is a cost-effective solution for somebody looking to move beyond hand application but doesn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on labeling equipment. Manual applicators can apply up to 1000 labels an hour on round bottles from 1.5” to 5” in diameter. Besides their price, another great thing about them is they have low set up time and require minimal training.

This economic manual labeler machine can easily label round bottles or jars, either glass or plastic. It can also be used as a manual can labeling machine. Our manual bottle labeling machine can get through your days of labeling aligning the label onto your round products. A waste take-up creates a clean and efficient workspace that does not slip around on a table.

Manual labeling machine
Manual labeling machine

Semi-automatic labeling machine

Activated by a foot or hand switch, semi-automatic labeling machines are a step above manually operated applicators. A semi-automatic labelling machine is better than the manual one and will usually have a feature of being able to activate by simply using a switch. These are usually quite compact machines, suitable for labelling different types of containers on both sides, front and back. Investing in a semi-automatic labeling machine can pay for itself as it speeds up labeling capabilities to match production output.

Semi-automatic labeling machines, also known as semi-automatic units, are electronically controlled systems that are suitable for labeling a wide range of products and packaging with different types of self-adhesive labels. They are the best solution for labeling small production quantities and batch numbers.

Unlike with fully automatic labeling machines, the labeling process on semi-automatic labeling systems is initiated by an operator. The product is inserted into the machine by hand in just a few steps and labeling is initiated manually. The product is then removed again by hand.

Semi Automatic Labeling Machine
Semi Automatic Labeling Machine
Semi Automatic Labeling Machine

Semi Automatic Labeling Machine

Semi-automatic labelling machines, as the name implies, are labelling systems that require manual intervention. VKPAK offers a range of semi-automatic label applicator that are particularly suitable for small companies or individuals. Semi-automatic labeling machines, also known as semi-automatic units, are electronically controlled systems that are suitable for labeling a wide range of products and packaging with different types of self-adhesive...

Automatic labeling machine

Rapid expansion may require your operations to bypass manually operated and semi-automatic machines for high volume labeling equipment. An automatic labelling machine is an equipment that is highly automated and useful for high volume projects. Automatic labeler machines are more of an investment, however, they have better packaging consistency and production times. Labeling large amounts with automatic equipment also produces at a lower labor cost per unit than a semi-automatic machine.

Automatic labeling machines can be integrated into just about any packaging line, allowing bottles to be quickly and accurately labeled while traveling down a power conveyor. Finally, custom labeling machines can also be manufactured for unique or unusual labeling projects. Accessories are also available to work with the labeling machine, including coders to print right on the label or even on bottles or other containers.

Automatic Labeling Machine
Automatic Labeling Machine
Automatic Labeling Machine

Automatic Labeling Machine

Labeling may be the single most important aspect of packaging your product. In most cases, your product label is, quite simply put, the presentation of your product to your customer! We mainly offers pressure sensitive labeling machine, fully automatic labeling machine, inline labeling machine, vertical labeling machine, horizontal labeling machine, top/botttom labeling machine, double-sides labeling machine, wrap around labeling machine...

2. According to the labeling function

According to the labeling function: labeling machine is divided into flat labeling machine, side labeling machine, corner labelling machine and wrap-around labeling machine.


Flat labeling machine

Flat labeling machine is used in top surface labeling of various packaging objects, like a lid, cap, box, cartons, bags and many more, which is used in a wide range of industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemical, food, beverage, pesticides, gifts, agriculture, electronics, etc.

Flat labeling machine is suitable for labeling a wide range of products. One machine can basically achieve all the requirements of flat product labeling, especially for low-volume, variety, and changeable specifications labeling which can largely improve the labeling production efficiency and reduce equipment investment costs.

VKPAK offers semi-automatic flat labeling machines and automatic flat labeling machines; the selection is mainly based on efficiency, precision and bubble requirements.

Automatic Flat Top Self-Adhesive Labeling Machine
VK-T803 Semi Automatic Label Applicator Machine For Surface Labeling

VK-T803 Semi Automatic Labeler For Surface Labeling

Introduction VK-T803 semi automatic labeler is suitable for all kinds of specifications of square, flat, curved and irregular products on the surface labeling, such as packaging boxes, cosmetic flat bottles, convex boxes. VK-T803 can achieve plane full coverage labeling, local accurate labeling, vertical multi-label labeling and horizontal multi-label...
VK-T802 Semi Automatic Flat Labeling Machine

VK-T802 Semi Automatic Flat Labeling Machine

Introduction VK-T802 Semi Automatic Flat Labeling Machine is for various kinds of products labeling , there is a large adjustable range for the bottle and lid. Suitable for all kinds of products which are flat. The labeling method is applied to realize the labeling of various work pieces...
Automatic Flat Top Self-Adhesive Labeling Machine

Automatic Flat Top Self-Adhesive Labeling Machine

Introduction Automatic flat top self-adhesive labeling machine dapt with Siemens PLC control, Omron and LEUZE sensors or Keyence, Mitsubishi Servo motor or delta servo motor. It is Easy control and operation, working stably and high speed and accuracy. Automatic warning on failures, no bottle no labeling. The labeling...

Side labeling machine

The side labeling machine realizes labeling or filming on the side plane and side arc surface of the workpiece, such as cosmetic flat bottles, square boxes, etc.

Sided labeling (one side or two side or more) is often used to mark food packaging, cosmetics and household products, glass and plastic bottles or cartons, etc. with variable data such as MHD, batch no. or ingredients. It doesn’t matter whether flat folding boxes, square cartons or oval formats, as are often used for bottles: For sales at the point of sale, the visual impact and therefore the perfect, wrinkle-free fit of the labels is of great importance. Our labeling solutions have the necessary flexibility and are used all over the world across industries.

Our two-side sticker labeling machines are suitable for high-speed production lines, as well as multiple applications across a wide range of industries. The machines can apply pressure-sensitive labels to two sides of your products at once, enhancing efficiency and providing multiple labeling options for full flexibility.

Double Sided Labeling Machine
Double Sided Labeling Machine

Automatic Double Sided Labeling Machine

Introduction Double Sides Labeling Machine is widely suitable for food stuff, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, pesticide and other industries. It is single and double side labeling for flat, square and round bottle. Automatic controlled by computer (PLC) easy operating. It can change specifications easily. It adopts servo motor, achieved closed...

Corner labeling machine

Corner labelling machines are usually used to apply a label to two adjacent surfaces to prevent tampering. Dedicated to the corner labeling of the box, to realize the corner labeling of the flat and side planes of the box, and play a role of anti-disassembly.

It is mainly used for tamper-evident labeling of poker, electronic product packaging boxes, and medicine packaging boxes.

Corner labeling machine meets the industry needs for high-quality information identification of product packaging; it is effective to solve the security issues online in all sectors of the logistics supply chain. Labeling speed is 30 – 60 pieces per minute, labeling accuracy is ±1 mm. The automatic corner labeling machine can be combined with the flat labeling machine to form continuous labeling.

Automatic Carton Box Corner Labeling Machine
Automatic Carton Box Corner Labeling Machine

Automatic Carton Box Corner Labeling Machine

Introduction Special for box corner labeling, on the upper plane and side plane corner labeling, play an anti-disassembly role. It is mainly used in the double side labeling of anti-disassembling labels of CARDS, electronic products, mask boxes and medicine boxes. Automatic corner labeling machine can be combined with...

Wrap-around labeling machine

Wrap around labeling machine apply labels by rolling them onto the surface of the container. This application method is less complex than pick-and-place methods and provides similar results to shrink-wrap. While wrap around labels dominate the round bottle market, this type of label can be used on almost any container. (They adhere to plastic, glass, metal and cardboard.)

Wrapping the label around the circumference of the container maximizes printable space. When packaging beverages, this process allows you to place all necessary brand information on a single label and easily meet UPC specifications.

Wraparound labeling for an all-around seamless product, Products from a wide variety of industries have one thing in common: More and more legal requirements for labeling make it necessary to use the available space on the products as efficiently as possible.

For cylindrical containers, wrap-around labeling is therefore ideal, in which the product is completely or partially wrapped with the label along the circumference – which is why it is also referred to as wrap-around labels.

Automatic Orientation Wrap Around Labeling Machine
Automatic Vertical Round Bottle Labeling Machine

Automatic Vertical Round Bottle Labeling Machine

Introduction The vertical round bottle sticker labeler is designed to achieve a rationalized production goal. The labeling process is automated, the operation is simple, the production speed is fast, the labeling position is uniform, beautiful, and tidy; it is suitable for the round container labeling in the pharmaceutical,...
Automatic Orientation Wrap Around Labeling Machine

Automatic Three Roller Positioning Labeling Machine

Introduction It is special design for the round bottle orientation labeling with orientation device, the labeling accuracy can be guaranteed, especially suitable for the wrap around label. Oriented wrap around labeling machine is controlled by servo motor ( label exact is 0.5mm), It is suitable for any kinds...

3. According to the type of label

According to the type of label: labeling machine is divided into wet glue labeling machine, self-adhesive(pressure sensitive) labeling machine, hot melt glue labeling machine and shrink sleeve labeling machine. We are not discussing the material of the label here, our main basis is the way in which the label is applied to the product.


Wet glue labeling machine

This wet glue labeling machine is suitable for paper label. It widely used for all kinds of round bottles, jars, cans etc. Both glass bottles and plastic bottle would be fine.

Wet glue labelling machines apply labels using a glue which is liquid at room temperature. These machines usually apply labels from a stack to rigid containers, such as beer or spirit bottles at very high speeds.

The machines are particularly suitable for wet environments, such as liquid filling of beverages where they continue to be the predominant application method. Often the labels are highly decorative and can be embossed and cut into complex shapes, or are applied to difficult container shapes. Often more than one label is applied to one container, requiring several applicators.

Automatic Wet Glue Labeling Machine
Automatic Wet Glue Labeling Machine

Automatic Wet Glue Labeling Machine

Introduction This wet glue labeling machine suitable for cylindrical glass bottle, plastic bottle, metal can, drum etcstick paper label automatically. It is economical and easy to operate. The performance is stable with a level off and good looking labeling result. When machine running, first the stick pole take...

Self-adhesive(pressure sensitive) labeling machine

Pressure-sensitive labelling machines use pre-glued labels supplied on a reel of release paper or film. They require no water to make the adhesive stick.

Due to their popularity, they have replaced many traditional forms of wet glue application. The advantages are that there is no liquid glue or heat required in the process and the label can be made from materials other than paper. The labels can be pre-cut into complex shapes on the reel by means of a die-cutter and stored on the reel until required, with minimal risk of damage. This method of application enables labels to be applied at medium/high speed to soft packages, as well as rigid containers and where the product could be damaged by water or heat.

Automatic Vertical Round Bottle Labeling Machine
Many applications require pressure sensitive labeling technology. Pressure sensitive labels have an adhesive glue backing that will adhere to most surfaces when pressure is applied.

Customized labels are fed from rolls into the labeling machine. The labels then work down the machine onto an applicator grid towards the vacuum applicator grid. At this stage, automatic pressure sensitive labelers use light or moderate pressure to apply labels to the product. This pressure activates the adhesive causing the label to stick to the product.


Hot melt glue labeling machine

Machines which apply labels using adhesive which is solid at room temperature.

Hot melt label applicators are a variant of the Wet Glue Labeller, where different types of adhesive are heated to a liquid state prior to application. The adhesive may vary due to the product, packaging material or external conditions in the packaging area. This type of applicator is, for example, used for wraparound labels that cover most of a container body and wall surface. Wrap-around labels are applied with a hot-melt adhesive in a labelling machine where before the label dispenser, containers have glue or adhesive applied to them by glue dispensing nozzles, while the rotary plates on which the containers are held in position, are temporarily stationary.

This operation allows for highly precise gluing. The containers can then be rotated counter to the direction of rotation of the labeller carousel carrying the plates, so that a precise removal of the wrap-around label from the dispenser is effected. This means that glue cannot accumulate on other labels in the box to impair the labelling operation.

Automatic Linear Hot Melt Glue BOPP Labeling Machine
Automatic Linear Hot Melt Glue BOPP Labeling Machine

Automatic Linear Hot Melt Glue Labeling Machine

Introduction Our automatic hot melt glue labeling machine adopt advanced processing and software control technology. This kind labeling machine is use for automatically labeling labels around on kinds of plastic bottles, cans, barrels, etc products warp around with (OPP/BOPP) labels. This kind machine suitable for process of water,...

Shrink sleeve labeling machine

A machine which places a tube of plain or decorated thermoplastic material over the neck or body of a rigid container before heat-shrinking it to fit the contours of the bottle/container. Sleeves are used to cover the entire body of the rigid container to provide a complete body label as well as tamper evidence protection. Typical applications include contoured containers for soft drinks, cosmetics and toiletries.

A machine which places a tube of plain or decorated thermoplastic material over the neck or body of a rigid container before heat-shrinking it to fit the contours of the bottle/container. Sleeves are used to cover the entire body of the rigid container to provide a complete body label as well as tamper evidence protection. Typical applications include contoured containers for soft drinks, cosmetics and toiletries.

Automatic Shrink Sleeve Labeling Machine
A sleeving machine shoots heat shrinkable plastic sleeves over bottles as they pass by on a conveyor. The sleeves are supplied as lay flats on reels, printed with label information. The fascinating part of a sleeving machine is how it opens the lay flat into a cylinder and then cuts the labels to the correct length at high speed.

Shrink labeling is a two-step process. First, a heat shrinkable plastic sleeve is dropped over a bottle as it moves by on a conveyor. Second, the sleeved bottle is conveyed through a heat tunnel that shrinks the label to a snug wrinkle free fit. A shrink tunnel must subject the bottle to the correct amount of heat for the right length of time.

Automatic Shrink Sleeve Labeling Machine

Automatic Shrink Sleeve Labeling Machine

Introduction Shrink sleeve labelers have flexible film shrink sleeve labels placed onto bottles using a sleeve applicator or sleeve labeler. The sleeves are then held in place by shrinking them using hot air or steam from a heat tunnel. VKPAK manufactures a variety of shrink sleeve labelers /...

4. According to the running direction of the container

According to the running direction of the container: labeling machine is divided into vertical labeling machine and horizontal labeling machine. The discussion here focuses on the labelling of round containers. The criteria for selecting a machine are: will the container run properly on the conveyor belt? For containers that can stand up and run properly, use a vertical labelling machine (e.g. food jars, cosmetic bottles, pesticide bottles, etc.), for containers that cannot run properly, use a horizontal labelling machine (e.g. pharmaceutical vials, ampoules, syringes, syringes, pens, etc.)

Vertical Labeling Machine: Bottles pass upright through a vertical wrap machine. This option works well for bottles that have a slight taper or square/rectangular design. Partial and full labels can be applied.

Horizontal Labeling Machine: Bottles pass through this type of machine while lying on their sides. Horizontal wrap machines work well for unstable, round containers, including bottles or vials with rounded bottoms.

Automatic Horizontal Vial Sticker Labeling Machine

Automatic Horizontal Vial Sticker Labeling Machine

Introduction This Automatic Horizontal Vial Sticker Labeling Machine is suitable for circumferential or semi-circular labeling of various unsteady cylindrical objects. Widely used in cosmetics, food, medicine, daily chemical, electronics, toys, hardware, plastics and other industries, can achieve full circle / circle mark. The use of horizontal delivery and...

5. According to the running direction of the equipment

According to the running direction of the equipment: labeling machine is divided into inline labeling machine and rotary labeling machine.

The main difference between an inline labeler and a rotary labeler is the bottle handling. The bottles stay on the conveyor during label application with an inline labeler, but with a rotary labeler, the bottles are transferred on a turret during label application. On the turret, each bottle is positively held between a bottle plate at the bottom and a centering bell at the top. Each bottle plate can rotate 360⁰ in any direction to achieve optimal bottle position to apply the label.

The turret size will vary in diameter depending on speed requirement and how many labeling stations will be integrated to the machine. The circular design allows to integrate several labeling station in a relatively small footprint, when compared to an inline labeler. One important difference between an inline labeler and a rotary labeler is the bottle change parts. Typically, an inline labeler will have mechanical adjustments like sliding rails and height adjustment depending on the size of containers. A rotary labeler will have dedicated bottle change parts, such as infeed and outfeed starwheels and guiding rails.


Inline labeling machine

As a general rule, inline labelers are perfect for simple applications and rotary labelers are perfect for complex or high speed label application. For example, if you need to apply a wrap label to a round bottle at 50 bottles per minute, this could easily be done with an inline labeler. The same is true if you need to apply front & back labels to a straight wall rectangular bottle at 80 bottles per minute.

An in-line labelling machine is an equipment that is highly automated and useful for high volume projects. This type of machine is likely to be more expensive however provides more efficient and effective packaging and labelling. It is a highly automated machine and thus helps reduce labour costs.

Automatic Vertical Round Bottle Labeling Machine

Rotary labeling machine

This is a good high-speed labelling machine that is suitable for round the clock (24*7) operations. These machines are highly customised to fit inside an operational plant besides which they are very rapid It has an ability to handle over 500 units every minute.

Mainly used in wine and drinks, food, cosmetic, and chemical industries. Products: bottles, glasses, vials, tanks and cans of cylindrical, square, rectangular shapes, flasks and shaped containers.

Rotary labeling machine

Summary

Labelling is a multifaceted project. Including label, glue, capacity, the shape of the product to be labeled, product size, etc. have an impact on the labeling equipment, so from different perspectives to divide the labeling machine will have many categories, this article is only from the 5 common dimensions to illustrate the type of labeling machine.

If you are looking for labelling equipment, please contact VKPAK and our engineers will recommend the most suitable labelling equipment for your product. We not only offer quality equipment, we listen, we adapt to your needs. We offer advice, we look for the best approach to your project. We recommend the most cost effective equipment without sacrificing quality. It is our responsibility to ensure that all our customers receive every attention to detail to make the installation successful, cost-efficient and profitable.

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