Print and apply labeling technology is used for a myriad of manufacturing labeling needs including application of U.P.C. (universal product code) or barcodes, content labels, shipping labels, and graphic images for product branding.
In the modern production facility, automated machines are responsible for printing and attaching labels to products and packaging. The process varies with the type of labeling. Labels with a glue substrate are used in the print and apply process.
Different printers use different print methods, but the basic print and apply process remains the same. Blank labels are feed into the printer. Software on a computer details what is to be printed. Direct thermal printing uses a special label stock into which the label details are burned. Alternatively, printing by thermal transfer produces a label by heating and melting a special wax, resin or hybrid ribbon. The melt area form the label image.
Technology allows the finished label to be applied at any angle, including tapered bottle necks. Applying the labels is achieved by one of several methods. Tamp, Tamp-blow, or air-blow. As the name suggests, the tamp method of attachment involves a roller or similar devise pressing the printed label into position. The air-blow method uses a vacuum to hold the label ready to apply until the product passes by. The label is then blown onto the product. The tamp-blow method uses a combination of techniques, first blowing the label into place, then a secondary tamper presses the label securely into place.
A role of labels is mounted and threaded into the printer. When the labels are lifted from their backing for attachment to the package, the backing material is collected and rewound on a spindle. Sophisticated systems incorporate a system of reserve label loops which allow seamless reel changes without having to stop the labeling process.
With its versatile line of easy to use print applicators, Label-Aire leads the way in print and apply labeling technology. The rugged designs offer virtually maintenance-free operation and compatibility with O.E.M. print engines.
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