Behind every great product is a clear idea, an eye-catching design, and a well-constructed physical label.

Chicago Automated Labeling creates custom labeling machines for a variety of labels, including bottle labels. If you want a bottle-labeling machine that is custom-made for your company’s needs, look no further.

At Chicago Automated Labeling, our quality machines will bring value to your company.

How Are Bottle-Labeling Machines Made?

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Chicago Automated Labeling can make bottle-labeling machines function in a variety of ways in order to meet each customer’s individual needs. However, all of our machines share strong, supportive foundational materials and a tried and tested creation process. Here’s how we build our Chicago Automated Labeling machines.

We Start With a Stainless Steel and Aluminum Foundation

We build every one of our machines with a sturdy, reliable stainless steel and aluminum foundation. The aluminum-framed base features adjustable feet and non-scuff UHMW pucks so that you can shift the machine easily whenever you need to. Each machine is also small and light enough that one person could move it by themselves if needed.

We Add Adjustable Anodized Aluminum Parts

Next, every machine has a powder-coated, anodized aluminum base plate to hold the other adjustment bases for the bottle label applicators to use. Your employees can easily adjust every model by hand to meet all of your specific labeling needs. Additional elements like wraps and spacers are also made from high-end materials that are built to last.

We Include Modular Components

Each unique machine includes modular components to adjust to each of your individual products quickly and easily. Your bottle sizes and shapes may change, but your Chicago Automated Labeling machine’s modular construction will support every one of your products, regardless of size, shape, or type of label.

What kind of customization options can you choose from? Here are a some of our available choices:

  • Continuous Motion Wrap Labeler
  • Flat Bag Style Labeler
  • Finger Belt Attachments
  • Overhead Pressure Belt
  • Print and Apply
  • Spacer Module

We Integrate Software

Each of our machines has easy-to-use software to increase its productivity and accuracy. The Programmable Logic Touchscreen (PLC) is straightforward and can store up to 30 pre-made configurations, making switching between products simple and efficient.

We Provide Training

After you purchase one our machines, we will provide training in your workplace for your employees. We want you to get the most out of your labeling machine right away. In addition to instruction on how to use your new machine, we’ll also explain maintenance and upkeep so that you’ll know how to keep your machine in excellent condition. If you should need it, we will send a trained technician to your company to fix any major issues.

How Do Bottle-Labeling Machines Work?

Each Chicago Automated Labeling machine can label bottles of a large range of sizes, from travel-sized products to five-gallon buckets. We equip the machines with nylon guide rails and optional compressed air powered spacers to ensure accurate labeling for each product along the ten-foot conveyer belt. Finger belt attachments are also available for extra accuracy when placing products.

Your employees can adjust the PLC to several speeds, meaning that they can easily control the product output. It is simple to switch between the 30 preprogrammed settings when changing out the product and label. A simple kill switch allows you to turn off the machine quickly to make any necessary adjustments without wasting products or labels.

While a 20-amp dedicated circuit is ideal, you can operate every labeling machine on a standard 110 to 120-volt dedicated circuit. The power cable features a NEMA 5-15 plug, and you can control all the mechanisms within your machine with the 24-volt power supply. Your employees can easily control individual components through the PLC, even while the machine is running. If your factory is not climate controlled, we will happily enclose the electrical components in a sealed, air-conditioned panel to keep heat, humidity, and corrosion from damaging your machine’s electrical panel.

What Components Do Bottle Labelers Use?

Every Chicago Automated Labeling machine features the following components that we can customize to suit your business’s unique needs:

  • Wrap: Wraps ensure precise and complete application of your labels on your bottles. You can choose between two wraps. The backing plate wrap can operate at high speeds, while the pneumatically controlled trunnion rollers have excellent accuracy.
  • Spacers: Spacers are integral to maintaining accurate label placement. You can choose from three different spacers. Depending on your unique needs, select pneumatic spacers, stepper driven spacing wheels, or custom feed screws.
  • Belts: Belts keep each product in the optimal position for efficient label placement. Each machine includes three belts. The wrap belt applies the label. The overhead belt keeps the product secure on the conveyor belt while the machine applies the label. The finger/hugger belt accurately aligns the product as it enters the overhead belt to maintain consistency.
  • Configurations: Custom configurations are the hallmark of a Chicago Automated Labeling machine. We can easily configure a variety of label-wrapping options to align with your needs. Consider front labels, front and back labels, or multi-side labels for bottles with four or more sides.
  • Sensors: Sensors ensure that your products have accurate and completely affixed labels each and every time. You can select from a variety of sensors that interact with the PLC to make applying your labels simple and efficient, such as a sensor that can detect the type of label (paper or film) and the location of the label on the bottle.

Upgrade your labeling practice with a custom-made machine from Chicago Automated Labeling. Our family-owned business has been in operation for over three decades, so you can be sure we produce quality, American-made products. We would be happy to provide you with a free quote and discuss the value a Chicago Automated Labeling machine can add to your business.