What is a Labeling Machine?

N. Madison
N. Madison

A labeling machine is used to dispense or apply labels to various items, products, containers, or packages. 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.

A barcode scanner is used to read shipping labels.
A barcode scanner is used to read shipping labels.

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. One company may use a labeling machine to apply shipping addresses and product information, while another may use one for applying bar codes and prices. Some companies use special labeling machines that are capable of applying or dispensing a variety of label types.

Labeling machines can be used to label compact discs.
Labeling machines can be used to label compact discs.

Labeling machines are used in an amazing range of industries, from cosmetics, gifts, and mail order to agriculture, electronics, and pharmaceuticals. Some companies use labeling machines that are small, handheld, and easily portable. Others require heavy-duty labeling machine equipment, capable of automatically dispensing and applying labels without the assistance of an operator. An automatic labeling machine of this type might consist of a special label applicator, a conveyor that moves products and packages, and a built-in control system. As this type or labeling machine can be quite large, it is often used by larger companies with a significant amount of available space.

In addition to labeling machines made for use in business, there are labeling machines designed for personal use. Some of these labeling machines are designed for placing address labels on envelopes and packages, while others are made to label compact discs (CDs), digital video disc (DVDs) and videos. There are also labeling machines designed to make name badges and labels for filing systems. Generally, a personal labeling machine is likely to be lower in cost than one designed for business use.

A home business owner may desire a labeling machine that is a bit more sophisticated than one designed for personal use, yet less complicated or expensive than the average corporate model. Fortunately, there are many middle-of-the-road labeling machines that meet the needs of the average home business owner. Furthermore, there are some personal units that fit the bill for both home and home business use.

N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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nkindustries

Labeling machines are a type of machine used to apply the self adhesive type of label on containers in a variety of shapes, like round, flat and oval. In today's era, the packaging facade is most important in order to augment brand awareness. That is why sticker labeling machines are playing a useful role in modern packaging lines.

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