Labeling Small Unstable Items


Items or products that will not stand vertically while being transported on a conveyor require very specific handling systems designed and fit to each shape in order to present them to the labeling applicator in a controlled consistent position. The accuracy and consistency of label placement is totally dependent upon precise control of the component to be labeled.

Cosmetic products such as lipstick tubes, eye liner pencils and lip liner pencils will not stand on their own and thus must be addressed with unique handling equipment in order to insure accurate transport and label application. Small pharmaceutical ampoules and vials can also fall into this category requiring specialized handling systems. The most obvious solution to the handling of unstable items is to lay them down and transport them horizontally. Such transport systems therefore require shaped fixtures to hold each item in close control.

The number of items to be labeled over a specific period of time will also be a significant factor in the selection of a labeling system. Fully automated filling and capping production lines may require that labeling take place in-line as part of the overall process. Smaller volume operations where containers are filled at slower rates may be best served by an off-line table top type system. Such smaller volumes may allow a producer to fill a batch of containers and then label them at a later point in time when it is more efficient in terms of line personnel.

At Griffin-Rutgers we specialize in helping customers find the optimum type of labeling system they need for difficult to handle items, at an affordable cost point, and at a level of automation that fits their production situation, product volume and line speed. Look at our various specialized small item labeling systems below to view:

  • Table top wrap labeling system – Robo Wrap
  • In-line Horizontal Panel Wrap Labeling System – “Lipstick” System

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