Labelling Systems: When is an Accessory a Necessity?

Labelling Systems: When is an Accessory a Necessity?

 

In its simplest format, a labelling system applies a label securely to a product or container; everyone understands this straightforward concept.

For example, in the food industry it could be a label that combines nutritional information with cosmetic appeal and branding to a can of beans. The label will include batch specific information such as ‘best before’ and ‘use-by’ date. It’s important the correct label is applied to the product and in such a way as to be readable and look good i.e. not skewed or creased.

 

In the pharmaceutical sector, the application of labels to products is more regulated. Apply the wrong label and a product might cause considerable harm or even death to the person mistakenly taking it. There can also be a lot of information to be included on a label for a pharmaceutical product yet the actual container is often small, resulting in a variety of different label types being used such as leaflet labels and hanging labels.

Lastly, labels for a single product will require different information, from a code per batch through to individual identification for each and every label; in many cases that information needs to be validated. The wrong information on the label can be a costly mistake and could be highly dangerous to consumers. It’s important that any labelling system is easy to use, reliable and ensures highquality application of labels.

However, where identification of a label is critical to an industry, as in the case of the pharmaceutical sector, then a basic labelling machine is not enough; system accessories will be required to meet the needs of that industry and its stringent regulations. ‘Accessories’ is almost a misleading term – these system add ons are often 100% essential – but I refer to them as such as these are selected in each case based on application requirements and customer preference. In such instances accessories aren’t there to ‘promote and decorate’ a container, but provide the critical identification of the contents of that container.

There are many labelling system accessories readily available that will enable you to comply with regulations and standards, provide security/validation throughout the labelling process and increase line efficiency. Which are suitable very much depends on the specific requirements of the application and the degree of automation required, so here I will look at the accessories that are available to meet these needs.

Not all labelling system manufacturers have the experience or skill set to help select and integrate these types of accessories. Newman Labelling Systems has extensive experience here. For example, we have been incorporating Vision Systems into our labelling machine for more than 25 years so we fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of these types of systems. Such manufacturers not only provide quality labelling systems, but also an added value service by recommending suitable accessories to meet needs and budget, whilst steering you clear of those that do not.

Call 800-829-5741 to inquire about our labelling accessories that might be essential for your production line.

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