Bottle Labeling Machine | Front-and-Back Labelers
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Bottle Labeling Machine


Front and back labeling

Gernep is manufacturing front-and-back labelers with different labeling technologies depending on the application.  We focus exclusively on rotary labelers, which means the bottles or containers are transferred to a rotary turret and positively handled during label application.
Rotary labeling machines can be used to apply two labels to the same bottle or container by rotating it 180⁰ between the two applications.  Basically, each bottle is held between a bottle plate and centering bell when it travels on the rotary turret.  The rotation of each bottle plate is controlled either mechanically, with cam and steering cross, or electronically with servo motors.
Bottle handling is critical for front-and-back label application because the position (or facing) of the label must be perfectly centered on the bottle panel.  Rotary labelers are perfectly suited for panel applications because bottles are firmly held, which is helpful to wipe the labels, and we control the rotation/angle of the bottles when labels are applied.  Controlling the bottle rotation proves to be practical to apply front-and-back labels to round bottles as well oval, square or rectangular bottles when compared to inline labelers.

As an alternative to front-and-back labeling, a single label can be applied to multiple panels of a square or rectangular bottle, in which case we will call it a 3, 4 or 5 panel labeler.

Also referred to Panel Labeling, front-and-back labeling is very common in personal care, cosmetic, chemical and food industries.  Typical examples are soap, shampoo and ketchup bottles as well as beer and wine bottles.

Pressure-sensitive panel labeler for front-and-back applications

In industries like food, personal care, dermatology and cosmetic where front-and-back labeling is needed, the vast majority of manufacturers will use PS labels. In any marketing-driven industry, using pressure-sensitive labels is a clear advantage because you can change the size and shape of labels without buying label format parts. For the same reason, the changeover time are reduced when running a different product because only the bottle format parts will be required, the label applicators will simply need to be adjusted in height and the other parameters are memorized in the PLC. Click the following link if you want to learn more about the additional benefits of using pressure-sensitive labels.

Cold glue cut & stack labeler for front-and-back applications

Most cold glue labelers are found in breweries these days, but there are also many applications in the wine and food industries.  In many states and provinces, the beer bottles are collected and washed to be re-used many times, so cold glue labels are ideal for washing machines.  They are easy to remove from the bottles (just think of your beer bottles in a cooler when the ice melted) and they disintegrate easily to avoid clogging the drain of the bottle washers.  Unlike pressure-sensitive labels or hot melt applied labels, cold glue labels can be applied to wet bottles, provided you are using the right glue.  Finally, the low cost of labels makes it attractive for competitive markets like beer.


Gernep Bottle Labeling Machine