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a Guide to Follow When Purchasing Labeling Equipment

Most Pharmaceutical and consumer goods come with labels on their containers, regardless of whether they are cartons or bottles. The operations of any packaging line can greatly benefit from a label applicator in terms of improved speed and efficiency. Based on the budget and volume of labeling workload, you can make a choice of the most appropriate label dispenser. When purchasing labeling equipment, there are many more factors that come into play. Since labeling equipment will be used on a daily basis for many years, it should be viewed as an investment and should not be taken lightly. Purchasing a complete labeling system could easily cost the same as a new car, hence why it should not be taken lightly. Here are some tips to follow the next time you consider purchasing labeling equipment.

Setting a realistic budget is among the most crucial factors to consider. Depending on the sophistication of your machine of choice, label application systems can range from thousands of dollars to several hundred. Manual application machines are the least sophisticated, therefore the cost usually starts at around several hundred dollars. When production expands however, machinery can be outgrown rather quickly. Semiautomatic labeling machines go for several thousand dollars and with special configurations included, the price could easily reach USD10,000 or more.

Before purchasing any labeling equipment, nor your containers with certainty. Most labeling equipment can accommodate varying container sizes, whereas different products and container types often require specific kinds of labeling equipment. Generally, used equipment is cheaper but can have wear and tear which affects labeling accuracy.

Before purchasing labeling equipment, it is important that you are fully aware of your labeling needs. Selecting labeling equipment is made much easier by taking plenty of time to first develop a labeling strategy. Before doing any shopping, it is necessary to consider various aspects of your labeling capabilities and production such as labor costs, labeling speed, space for equipment, label type, setup time and costs, potential for production expansion and container shape/material.

Also, it is necessary that you compare the features that various labeling machines have. When comparing different machines, there are about six factors necessary to bear in mind i.e. specifications, product dimensions, roll capability, standard features and options. Additionally, whenever you compare machines you should consider equipment maintenance costs and shipping rates. It is often easier to make a well informed purchase decision after fully understanding one’s labeling and production needs, since these heavily determine the desired machine speed, functions and type.

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