2 Factors To Consider When Comparing Print And Apply Labeling Systems

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2 Factors To Consider When Comparing Print And Apply Labeling Systems

When it comes to printing labels on shipping cases or pallets, it's important to know all print and apply labeling systems are not created equal. Two important factors to consider before you make a decision are capabilities and cost. Will the equipment you are considering be within your budget, and fulfill your business objectives? Let's compare print and apply labeling system capabilities:

  • Some systems offer hand labeling capabilities, while others do not
  • Based on the design and function of the system, various models use different types of technology
  • Maximum widths of labels range from 4 to 6 1/2 inches depending on the make and model of the print engine
  • Printing speeds for thermal or direct label application typically range from six to sixteen inches per second in print quality
  • Does your company need certain features or functions such as hand controls for hand labeling, a sealed ink cartridge? What substrate will labels be applied to?
Now let's talk budget: For most companies, budget is the most important consideration when choosing a print and apply labeling system. A few key factors include:
  • What will other lifetime costs of the equipment be such as supplies, parts replacement, maintenance costs, and warranties?
  • What are the features and functionality required in hand labeling equipment?
  • Certain features such as label applicator heads, stands, vision or sensor systems and other features will impact cost.
Ultimately, before you purchase a print and apply labeling system it is essential to consider costs other than the initial price of the system. Also keep in mind the capabilities of the system such as maximum label length, type of ink cartridge required, print speed and quality, and whether you will need equipment which serves the purpose for automatic labeling, hand labeling, or both. At Markem-Imaje we provide a wide range of coding and marking solutions for many industries including pharmaceutical, dairy, beverage, frozen food, personal care, postal, and more. A global leader in industrial printing systems, we understand your need for quality, reliability, and affordability.

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