Top & Bottom labeling can be required on a variety of different product packaging from jars to cartons to various industrial products, but it is most often that the application of the bottom label that determines the product handling and control system necessary.
Application of a label to the bottom of a product, container or package is specifically dependent upon the shape and transport stability of the item to be labeled. Items that are dynamically unstable while being transported, such as a tall narrow jar, must be positively controlled while being held by specifically tailored devices on their sides. In such cases a set of opposing soft “hugger” belts can be used to trap the item and move it across an area that is open to below so the label can be applied to the bottom of each individual unit. Alternatively, a long flat piece of flooring trim is by its nature absolutely stable as it moves along a conveyor and would not require such side control devices. In the case of such stable products a label to be applied to the bottom of the piece can simply be fed up from beneath the product through a small gap between two co-speed conveyors.
Invariably the product itself determines which approach to product handling must be employed in order to achieve maximum throughput and system flexibility. When labels are required on both top and bottom a second labeling head can usually be easily added above the transport device to make the application of the second, top, label.
At Griffin-Rutgers we specialize in helping customers find the optimum type of labeling system they need to do the job they face, at an affordable cost point, and at a level of automation that fits their production situation and line speed. Look at our various Top & Bottom Labeling products below to view:
Top & Bottom labeling systems with two different types of product handling systems to fit a broad range of products and line speeds.