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Oct 7, 2013

What to Consider with Top & Bottom Labeling

When choosing and setting up a top and bottom labeler, it is important that you understand all of the different variables that go into top and bottom labeling. The options that you have when it comes to labeling are quite expansive.

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Dual Top and Bottom Labeler permits label change-out without stopping line

One of the bigger choices you have to make is whether you will be doing print & apply or apply only. This makes a large impact on how fast the operation can go. Print & apply systems are limited by the print speed, but they allow you to print a variety of labels on the fly. Apply only systems are more suitable for high speed processes because all of the labels they use are pre-printed. We have seen speeds of over 100 pieces per minute in certain industries with this type.

Another big factor in the effectiveness of your labeler is the conveyor configuration and the ease of adjustment. We design specific mounts which attach bottom labelers to the labeling conveyor. They use a crank system to make easy up-down and left-to-right adjustments. This makes the labeler easy to realign and adjust for label size changes.


Conveyor configuration can change label placement entirely, so it is very important. Conveyors need to be lined up straight and leveled at the same height. When setting up labeling conveyors, we also use a slave drive linked to the previous conveyor so that their speeds match exactly.

Applicator types are important because certain types work better for certain products. There are air-powered blow-on applicators, tamping pistons, and wipe-on applicators which all fit different purposes. There are even direct inkjet labelers for boxes. They can print words and images directly onto the box without attaching a physical label.

Labeling technology is advancing all the time and it might be confusing to find the perfect system on your own. We spec out top bottom labelers to meet any specific needs you might have. This saves you the time, money, and heartache of trying to find the right system yourself.

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Apr 4, 2013

Top, Bottom, & Side Labeling with the Consumer In Mind

The information that consumers look for on labels today is getting complicated.

Is the food product organic, anti-biotic free,? Did the critters range freely before processing? Were yoga classes offered to reduce animal stress levels!?

Yes, the number of labels needed is growing and so is the amount of information required.

Fortunately, applying your labels does not need to be complicated.

We design labeling systems that place labels on top of products, on the bottom of products, and even on the side.

The types of products that we can label is virtually endless; case-ready trays, shrink wrapped items, whole or packaged fruits and vegetables, boxed, and vacuum packaged product.

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Dual Top and Bottom Labeler

With a labeler positioned beneath a conveyor and another placed above the conveyor both top and bottom application can be accomplished at nearly the same moment.

If you want maximum throughput, as most companies these days do, we can design and build a system with backup applicators ready to jump in and take over the labeling duties as soon as one labeler runs out of labels.

And with a special light that warns you when a labeler is running low on label stock, you can be assured of the fewest interruptions possible.

From conveyors that are designed and built for years of smooth, reliable service to the robust, time-tested labelers that we integrate into those conveyors, your most difficult labeling decision will be what you want your labels to say.

After you decide that, we can greatly reduce your stress levels when it comes to printing and applying those labels.

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Apr 4, 2013

Automatic Labeling Applicators

If you have people in your plant that are hand applying pre-printed labels, we hope you are thinking about replacing that person with a unit that will apply your labels automatically.

There are units available that can label the top, bottom and/or side of your package and do multiples of any of the above.

These units show up every day, do not need a break and do not have an attitude!

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Top and Bottom Labeler with Extra printers – permits label change-out while line is still operating

It is also possible to add printing capabilities to all of the above: either thermal direct or thermal transfer.

Let’s look at what factors contribute to success or failure for the process.

What are the conditions in which the unit has to run?

These applicators like dry, warm, draft-free environments to work in.

We realize that these conditions are only applicable in very few instances and it is possible that your applicators need to be in wet, cold, drafty conditions. However, these conditions can be overcome; they need to be addressed prior to purchasing equipment.

What type of package are you labeling?

Is the package fragile, quite stable, an over wrapped package or possibly a domed lid tray. Each and every product usually needs a different type of label application. There are wipe on, blow on, tamp, rotary and piston applicators that can be used to place the label in the correct position each and every time.

Are the products being delivered with the proper spacing?

Indexing (spacing) is very important to a labeler. The operating cycle of an auto labeler is triggered with a photo eye. Labelers can run at speeds often as high as 130 products per minute (PPM), so indexing is a very important part of the process.

Lastly, what type of label are we trying to apply?

The label being applied is everything; Cold, damp labels are tough to work with – they are stiff and the glue is cold.

The size of the label along with the thickness of the label consistently present challenges to labeling.

Units are available today that will apply as many labels as you need, there really is no limit to how many applicator heads you have and each can have a different type of application.

Printing of labels and/or printing a code date or “Use/Freeze By” date on pre-printed labels can be done with either thermal transfer (ink ribbon) or thermal direct capabilities.

Make sure your supplier knows the various details outlined in this article.

If you communicate the above information with a supplier, your chances of success are much greater.

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Apr 4, 2013

Label with Top, Bottom, & Side Labeling

Every food product or package of anything you buy usually has a label on it, but these labels can be applied in a large variety of ways. The three main types of labeling are top, bottom and side labeling.

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Dual Top and Bottom Labeler

First of all, side labeling involves both the sides of the box and the front and back. It is most often used in case and box labeling because having side labels makes products easy to identify and scan after the boxes are palletized. Side labels often have barcodes for this very reason.

Side labeling is most commonly done with the use of some sort of tamping arm. On the side, a tamping piston can push the label directly onto the side of the box in a proper location. On the front/back, a  tamping arm is used to quickly swing out and slap the label onto the box.

Top and bottom labeling are used more often for retail packaging. Top labels are often used for brand recognition and costs.

Bottom labels often reflect safe handling and nutritional information for foods.

Top labeling is done through a variety of applicators. Top labeling can tamp like the side labeling, wipe the label on directly, or jet the label onto the top with a blast of pressurized air.

There are even applicators that use a combination, like a piston that moves downward as if to tamp but instead uses air to apply when it gets close to the package.

Tamp labeling and wipe-on labeling are used in most cases, but for products that have an uneven package surface, air works better.

Finally, bottom labeling is done primarily with wipe-on labeling. As a package goes by, a label sticks upward to contact it. When the label grabs onto the package surface, it passes by a wiper that smooths it flat onto the surface.

With automated labeling systems, you can label just about anything with the right application!

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Feb 23, 2013

Optimize Your Labeling Today With Top & Bottom Labeling

Installing a top & bottom labeling system will help you optimize & enhance your labeling operations.

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Top and Bottom Labeler with Extra printers – permits label change-out while line is still operating

Although applying labels to the top & bottom of your packages is a necessity, it can be a very time consuming and costly endeavor. Applying labels manually is slow and tedious work that requires extra staff to get the job done in a timely manner. Using automatic top & bottom labeling systems is a great way to get your packages labeled efficiently and sent on their way to your customers sooner.

A top and bottom labeling system is one of the most accurate ways to label your packages. Most packages that require a top and bottom label to be applied, need additional handling to get the right label placement. Paying employees to ensure labels are placed properly on both the top and bottom of your packages is not a very cost effective option for your plant. Labeling systems that label both the top and bottom of the package is the simplest, most cost effective solution to top and bottom labeling of your packages. More efficient and cost effective labeling equals more profit for your plant!

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For packages that require both a top and a bottom label, utilizing a top and bottom labeling system can make this job easy. Using a top and bottom labeling system ensures quality and eliminates the need for additional staff to handle labeling functions. At Vande Berg Scales, we make top and bottom labeling systems that will efficiently label any sized package you have. With over 45 years of experience in the print & apply labeling business, our labeling systems are the best!

With our top and bottom labeling systems, the same machine applies labels to both the top and bottom of your packages. Our labeling systems are created to work seamlessly to provide quality labeling for the precise specifications of your packages. A Vande Berg Scales top and bottom labeler is the perfect solution to your plant’s labeling needs.

Our top and bottom labeling systems are very user friendly and require minimal maintenance. Once installed, they run very efficiently with very little maintenance ever required. Changing over to a new label roll is a tool-free job. When we set up your system, we can customize it to your particular labeling needs.

The top and bottom labeling system will detect your package as it travels down the belt and place labels at the predetermined locations set for that particular  package. We can even adapt our top and bottom labeling systems to the speed of your conveyor belts and the size and shape of your packages.

A Vande Berg Scales top and bottom labeling system works harmoniously to label your packages accurately every time. Each part of the system is independent and can be moved as needed to make cleaning a breeze. You will see the day to day operations of your plant improve the very day you install your top and bottom labeling system! The increase in productivity and profits will more than justify the cost of this time-saving labeling system.

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