Industrial label printer applicator in use at facility.

How to Choose the Right Industrial Label Printer Applicator for Your Business

There are endless reasons for printing labels before applying to products: adding expiration dates, changing label information for foreign markets, or adding information for a new promotion or advertising campaign. 

Whatever the reason, an industrial label printer applicator can do more than simply help you make compliant labels. If implemented correctly, this type of labeling machine speeds up production, reduces errors, and cuts operating costs. Here’s what to take into consideration when contemplating an upgrade to this type of machine. Read more

A high speed label applicator machine.

What is a High Speed Label Applicator?

A high speed label applicator is just a really fast labeling machine, right? Well, technically the answer is yes, but there’s more to it than that! 

A high speed applicator doesn’t just offer faster product labeling speed, it also eliminates human error by increasing labeling accuracy while also handling a variety of labels and containers. When implemented correctly, these machines can increase output, decrease costs and reduce damage from improper product handling. In the long run, a high speed label applicator doesn’t just save your company money, it frees up valuable human resources and improves customer service. Read more

Product inventory in a warehouse.

The Important Role of a Labeling System for Order Fulfillment

Order fulfillment is the final step in the supply chain. It requires the coordination of your entire logistics system to gather and ship the right products to each of your customers. Labeling systems can automate several steps in this process while adding error correction systems and inventory management. You may be surprised how many ways the right implementation can cut delivery times and shipping problems, keeping customers happy and costs low. Learn more about the benefits of using a labeling system for order fulfillment. Read more

Labels being applied by a bottle labeling machine

4 Things to Consider in a Bottle Labeling Machine

Picture this: your business is booming and (finally) ready to move beyond a manual labeling machine, stepping into the big world of labeling automation. But, where do you begin when looking for a bottle label applicator that’s easy to use and a good fit for your business? 

Bottle label applicators 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? Read more

Plastic bottle with a waterproof label.

Everything You Need to Know About Waterproof Labels for Your Products

Worried that your labels won’t make it through the lifecycle of your product due to water exposure? Using water resistant labels can alleviate that problem, but with hundreds of inks, coatings and base stock combinations to choose from, it can be hard to find the right solution.

That’s why it’s important to know the limits and requirements for waterproof product labels: that way you can ask the right questions when choosing a label or a labeling machine. Here are some things to consider when incorporating custom waterproof labels. Read more

Male consumer staring at several shelves full of craft beer options and observing label design.

Important Guidelines For Designing Attractive Craft Beer Labels

There are over 4,000 craft breweries in the U.S, making craft brewing one of the most competitive markets in the alcoholic beverage industry.

So, how do you help your craft beer brand stand out from the other IPA‘s, pilsners, lagers, imperial stouts, and pale ales in the crowd? And, how do you ensure you’re compliant with regulations and give consumers the information they need on your beer can and beer bottle labels? Here are some things you should consider for your next beer label design. Read more

Business owner doing calculations to figure cost of custom product labels.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Custom Product Labels

Any producer of consumer packaged goods is familiar with analyzing production costs, because these costs ultimately affect the final pricing of the product. Custom label printing is one of the important factors in the equation. (Things like label size, print method, required tooling and the number of colors you use are all factors that will influence the unit label price.)

Many aspects of the label printing and application process can be customized to fit your production needs, which leaves you with several choices to make when you’re preparing a new label design. You may find that you have extra costs associated with label materials and processes you don’t need, or materials that won’t work with your production system and packaging needs. So, how do you make the right choices to lower costs and get reliable, affordable labels? Read more

Three shelves in a supermarket full of various energy drink products displaying labels that meet legal requirements.

Important Requirements for Energy Drink Labels

Many people view energy drinks as a great alternative to coffee–functional beverages that help them wake up in the morning and maintain energy levels while offering unique flavors. For others, these drinks are viewed as a health hazard, causing anxiety and health problems while encouraging excessive consumption. 

The clash between these two sides places the energy drink industry in a tenuous position, trying to offer their customers the drinks they want while keeping up with the demands of government regulators and health organizations. How do you negotiate these differences to create energy drink labels that meet regulatory requirements and keep customers informed?

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Automatic Bottle Labeling Machine–Vertical Trunnion Roller--loaded with beer bottles.

Manual vs. Automatic Labeling: Is Your Business Ready to Make the Transition?

Is business growth forcing you to re-evaluate your production systems? While some processes may be easy to scale, there’s a hard limit on what you can do with manual product labeling. For instance, you may find that it’s relatively easy to double the output of your existing production line, but it may result in a major bottleneck related to packaging. 

However, even though buying an automatic labeling machine and setting it up takes considerable capital, once you take into account the savings in labor, production and lost product costs, automatic labeling can significantly cut your labeling costs

So what factors do you need to consider when contemplating manual labeling vs. automatic labeling?

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Close-up of a variety of liquor bottles with colorful labels--tequila, rum, gin, vodka.

Everything You Need To Know About Labeling Requirements for Hard Liquor and Distilled Spirits

Each year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) conducts the Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program (ABSP). This program gathers a random selection of spirits and tests them for compliance. Of the bottles selected, 40% are deemed to be in violation of labeling regulations in some fashion. 

Which TTB label requirements are most commonly violated, and how can you avoid mistakes on your distilled spirits labels? Let’s take a look! Read more