CHOOSING A LABEL APPLICATOR
First, you determined that you needed to do some labelling. Then, you began to plan your actual labels. Now, you need to prepare for the most important part of the entire labelling process, the actual application of your labels to your product. It’s time to start thinking about a label applicator.
Let’s be frank: a good label applicator won’t come dirt cheap. These devices are highly technical and specialized. Although you can find good deals, a label applicator will always represent a fairly significant investment. Let’s take a look at a few things you should consider when making that expenditure.
First, you want a label applicator that can handle the conditions. In some cases, almost any label applicator may do the trick. In other, more challenging, environments one will want to invest in a label applicator that can successfully operate in less than optimal conditions. There are applicator made entirely of die-cast metal that are powder coated and backed by carefully protected electrical systems. These machines can handle dust and full water-based washings. Basically, there are machines for all types of conditions and you will want a label applicator that can operate in yours.
Second, you will want to look at prices. As mentioned, a good label applicator will always represent a series investment. However, via solid comparison shopping and an ability to resist making a rash purchase, you can save a considerable sum when you do buy your label applicator. Look around and take your time in order to find a great price on the applicator you need.
Third, you need to be sure your label applicator can handle the volume--now and in the future--of your work. You want a machine that will be able to tackle your current labelling needs and that will be able to handle at least some growth before it needs to be replaced.
Making sure you choose the right label applicator requires consideration of your environment, careful shopping and a knowledge of your actual volume needs. If you can keep those factors in mind, you are well on your way to finding the perfect label applicator!