Conical Shape Labeling (semi-automatic and automatic). Conical or tapered shapes that include crescent-shaped or curved labels are a special challenge of labeling. Universal provides multiple options for the labeling of conical shapes based on speeds, product taper, and multi-label applications. But with all applications, label position accuracy is first and foremost in our designs.
Product Encapsulating Labeling Systems
Product Encapsulating Labeling Systems (automatic). Whether it’s called an encapsulator, spin n place, or trap n wrap, this technique is one of the most consistent ways to apply labels to both cylindrical and conical shapes. It secures products, normally in a three-roller mechanism, rotating and applying the label in synchronous motion. This method increases label placement accuracy, especially with products of poor quality.
Flag Labeling Systems
Flag Labeling Systems (semi-automatic and automatic). Flagging a label around a product is a way to adhere a label around a product and onto itself. This is most commonly seen with products like wires or tubes where the label information exceeds that of the product size. Universal provides multiple methods of flagging labels, even to very irregular shaped products.
Horizontal Roller Labeling Systems
Horizontal Roller Labeling Systems (automatic). Horizontal roller conveyors are designed by Universal for specific labeling applications. The PLC controlled conveyor systems can be built to index, move continuously, or as a hybrid for both. Horizontal rollers are manufactured to control small diameter products for various labeling applications.
Multi-Side Labeling Systems
Multi-side Labeling (semi-automatic and automatic). Many decorative labels are designed to be applied around multiple sides of square or rectangular products, or some variation of odd-shaped products. These specialty items require the design of product-specific labeling machinery. These labeling systems are a specialty for Universal with complete design, manufacturing, testing, and documentation; even in table top models.
Top & Bottom Labeling Systems
Top & Bottom Labeling Systems (automatic). These systems are designed to apply labels to the top & bottom simultaneously, product bottoms, or a “c-wrap” labels around various products. There are three styles that include split belts, interrupted belts, and hugger (side) belt systems. The type is chosen by the relationship between the product’s contact surface and bottom label.
Tamp & Wipe Labeling Systems
Tamp & Wipe Labeling (semi-automatic). Whereas flat surfaces can utilize standard label tamping (direct surface contact), contoured or irregular surfaces sometimes require tamping and wiping. This method can reduce or eliminate imperfections like wrinkles and air bubbles to the labeled surface by making corner contact and either shuttling the tamp head or fixture to wipe the label onto the product.
Vacuum Belt Labeling Systems
Vacuum Belt Labeling Systems (automatic). Vacuum belt wrap systems provide both speed and versatility when labeling a variety of cylindrical and conical shaped products. Labels are fed out onto a vacuum belt wrap unit. The product chases the label, applying it accurately and synchronously. The system can be customized to apply both straight and crescent-shaped labels, and both a single wrap, or front & back labels.
Vertical Trunion Labeling Systems
Vertical Trunion Labeling Systems (automatic). A vertical trunion is a method of applying labels around cylindrical products at a high rate of speed. The vertical rollers of the trunion control the products from tipping vertically, avoiding label skewing. This method is commonly used in high volume bottling applications, and increases label placement accuracy, especially with products of poor quality.