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Bottle Labelling Machine: The Ultimate FAQ Guide

I know you’re probably looking for a highly effective and reliable bottle labelling machine.

That’s why this guide will answer all your questions about bottle labelling machine.

Whether you want to learn about parts, components, working principle or features, you will find all information right here.

So keep reading to learn more.

How Does Semi-automatic Round Bottle Labelling Machine Compare To Manual Bottle Labelling Machine?

A manual bottle labelling machine is operated by hand.

By using manual bottle labelling machines, small batches of bottles can be labelled quickly. This saves set-up times and costs.

Semi-automatic bottle labelling machine

Semi-automatic bottle labelling machine

The label is applied precisely to the bottle using the labelling device as you are spared the laborious task of aligning the label by hand.

Manual labelling systems are mobile and can therefore be used flexibly in production.

In contrast with semi-automatic bottle labelling machines, the bottle is placed in the labelling machine by hand.

The labelling process is started automatically by hand or foot control, and the label is applied to the bottle.

The bottle is then removed by hand. Medium-sized batches can thus be labelled without any problems, and higher production numbers can also be managed.

Semi-automatic labellers relieve the operator of more work compared to manual operators.

If your production quantities vary greatly, a semi-automatic labeller can be the right choice for you.

Manual bottle labeling machine

 Manual bottle labelling machine

Why Should You Invest In Fully Automatic Bottle Labelling Machine?

We highly recommend the fully automatic bottle labelling machines, since they can be integrated into just about any packaging line.

This unique functionality allows bottles to be quickly and accurately labelled while traveling down a power conveyor.

Some of the noteworthy advantages of the fully automatic bottle labelling machines include:

  • Full/partial wrap labelling can be possible.

A unique feature of machine is if the body diameters of the bottle changes.

The machine can operate without having to change any part.

  • Different types of bottle material, such as aluminium, glass, plastic products can be accommodated on the fully automatic machine as well.
  • Labelling speed is automatically synchronized with conveyor speed to ensure quality.
  • Push and press optional attachment is used to ensure smooth labelling without wrinkles or bubbles.
  • The fully automatic machine also has adjustable angles of labelling heads, ideal for tapered products to conform shapes.

 Fully automatic bottle labelling machine

Fully automatic bottle labelling machine

Do You Have Bottle Labelling Machine Replacement Parts?

Yes, we do. Some of the main parts of bottle labelling machines you can get from us include:

  • Labeller bottle pads
  • Labelling bottle plate insert
  • Labeller vacuum drum pads
  • Vacuum drum cylinder
  • Roll-fed labeller OPP
  • Labeller gripper pads
  • Labeller suction rails.

How Does Bottle Labelling Machine Work?

There are certain types of labelling machines & equipment that hold their own respective principles beneficial for various industries.

This may include the pharmaceutical industry, food processing industries, or any other industries where equipment is used.

As there is a set of working principles for every labelling machine in the industries, each has to work according to their pre-set working principles.

Here is the general working principle for labelling machines that makes them preferable for different industries.

The principle of the labelling machine is that the conveyor feeds the labelling machine with bottles/items at a constant speed.

The items are separated by a mechanical fixture at a fixed distance and pushes the bottles in the direction of the conveyor.

It has a drive wheel, a labelling wheel, and a reel.

The label strip is pulled out of the spool through an intermittent drag caused by the drive wheel.

On the other hand, the labeller wheel presses the label strip against the article.

Since the label strips are not connected, an open-loop displacement control is used on the reel to maintain the tension.

The label belt is continuously stopped so that the label tape is attached to the article.

Remember, the labelling wheel moves at the same speed as the article.

Also, the acceleration of the label wheel is dependent on the conveyor.

The label wheel accelerates to match the conveyor speed, consequently attaching the labels accurately.

Finally, the wheel will again decelerate after attaching the label.

The deceleration stage involves position readjustment – which will correct any label errors.

Note: The labels used have sensor-readable marks that ensure correct placement even if they slip.

Are There Unique Features For Labelling Machine For Round Bottles?

Some bottle labelling machines are specifically designed for use for labelling round bottles or cylindrical objects.

Such a labelling machine has unique features such as:

– The bottle separating mechanism uses a synchronous sponge wheel to adjust the speed of production.

Also, the bottle separating distance can be set arbitrarily.

– The front section adopts a turntable track feeding mechanism: stable feeding, large buffer space, and fast speed.

– It also has a multi-point emergency stop button.

An emergency stop button can be installed at the appropriate position on the production line to make the connection operation safe and production smooth.

– The label peeling distance can be adjusted arbitrarily, and it is suitable for labels of different lengths, which is easy to use.

Where Can You Use Labelling Machine For Round Bottle?

Labelling machines have are widely used in industries that package their products in bottles. Some common examples of such industries include food, beverage, pharmaceutical, oil, cosmetics, etc.

Labels are important to differentiate the various products.

As such, labelling is pre-requisite before releasing the bottled products into the market.

With labelling machines, the labelling process is automated – making it faster and reliable. What’s more, labelling machines offer precise and orientated labelling of the bottles.

Its applications include;

The Beverage Industry –

This labelling machine requires high speed and accurate positioning and often has more than one label in the bottle.

Daily Chemical Industry

The soft plastic container and the beauty requirements add to the difficulty of labelling and bubble exclusion control.

Hence the need for a labelling machine.

Food industry.

Multi-layer labels provide manufacturers with more space for promotion and also pose new challenges for the design of labelling machines.

Medical Industry.

The design of the labelling machine used in the medical industry will vary depending on the particularity of the label.

Pharmaceutical Industry.

Labelling machines used in the pharmaceutical industry have very high speeds for labelling machines.

In addition, the design of the labelling machine needs to take into account the integration of the process before and after labelling.

It also needs to provide additional functions such as labelling front light inspection and automatic bottle holder after labelling.

Which Labelling Materials Can You Apply Using Bottle Labelling Machine?

Some label materials for use in labelling bottle and jars include:

Vinyl Stickers

Ideal for containers that have a small diameter and have an irregular shape due to its flexibility.

Vinyl stickers

Vinyl stickers

Biaxial-Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) Stickers

These sticker types are stronger and are ideal for labelling bottles that hold corrosive compounds like barbecue sauce or ketchup.

 BOPP Stickers

 BOPP stickers

Polyester (PET) Labels

If your product is likely to encounter moist or oily conditions, then polyester stickers are ideal.

PET Labels

 PET labels

Paper Adhesive Stickers

They offer a range of color and textural choices that’s hard to match. Mostly, paper adhesive stickers are used in jars and glass bottles.

But if you expect that your product will encounter water, oil, or other liquids, you’ll need to make sure you choose laminated paper.

Adhesive paper sticker

adhesive paper sticker

Are There Multifunctional Bottle Labelling Machines?

 Multifunctional labelling machine

 Multi-functional labeling machine


A multifunctional bottle labelling machine can simultaneously achieve two-sided circumferential surface labelling and labelling features.

It is used for single-sided and double side labelling of the entire circumference of the cylindrical body within a short production period.

The multifunctional bottle labelling machine can label various bottle shapes, including flat, round, square, etc.

A multifunctional labelling machine is widely used by cosmetics industry, the dairy as well as chemical industries.

It also has an optional tape printer and inkjet printer.

The two help to label the bottle with the production date printing on the label and batch information.

Other features of a multifunctional bottle labelling machine include;

  • The machine can achieve four kinds of product-sided and double-sided labelling. It configures round bottle positioning style cover through a standard mechanism. Hence, enabling single standard round bottle labelling, double standard labelling and spot labelling.
  • It uses a synchronous bilateral rigid plastic chain guide.

Consequently, allowing the workers to easily operate the bottle docking lines. This greatly reduces the difficult docking assembly line tasks as it can be a stand-alone production unit.

It can be connected to the production line.

  • The machine also configures the spring-capping mechanism to ensure smooth product handling and high bottle labelling by itself to eliminate errors effectively.
  • It also has two repeat standard bodies, .

For the first time to ensure labelling accuracy, quadratic twist roll-covered standard.

To effectively eliminate air bubbles and ensure the head and tail snapping.

  • Moreover, multifunctional bottle labelling machines exhibit certain features that prevent sticker wastage including:
  • Intelligent control
  • Automatic photoelectric tracking, with no object no labelling
  • No label auto-correction
  • Auto-detection function labels, tags and drain

Which Quality Standards Should Bottle Labelling Machine Conform To?

Our quality policy and our quality objectives are based on the standards outlined by ISO 9001, ISO 14001, CE, and UL.

With these certifications, we fulfil the highest quality standards in the interest of our customers.

This guarantees customer satisfaction and enhances the performance of our company.

How Can You Maintain Bottle Labelling Machine?

Reliability is a precondition for a bottle labelling machine’s performance, and maintenance is a follow-up support.

This is for extending the labelling machine’s operational life.

The following are some factors to consider when maintaining bottle labelling equipment.

  • The machine should be installed and operated in a non-humid, non-acidic, and room temperature environment.
  • The labelling machine easily absorbs dust thus should be kept clean at all times.

Pay keen attention to the below when cleaning the labelling machine:

  • The cleaning method employed should not damage the machine’s surface.
  • Avoid using corrosive detergents
  • Do not use acid dissolved liquid
  • Regular checks and maintenance in order to operate machines normally, including but not limited to following aspects:
    • Clear waste crapes of paper and debris
    • Clear away dregs any remains around roller and margin
    • Clean camera lens of the inductor with soft brush and cloth
  • Regularly change fuse.

The bottle labelling machine uses alternating current power supply, which needs fuse against overload.

  • Protect the machine by spraying ant-rust oil to parts that can easily rust.
  • When not using the labelling machine for a lengthy period, store it away and cover it so that it is not filled with dust.
  • Regularly scrubbing the thermal belt is also key to enable smooth functioning of the labelling machine.
  • Lubricating oil is very important for the bottle labelling machine.

Smear lubricating oil to the machine after a long time of working.

There are many parts of labeller such as toothed gear, bearing and speed changing box, which can rust easily after a period of working.

The lubricating oil enables parts such as the bearings, toothed gear, and speed changing box to work more smoothly for long hours.

Which Problems Will You Encounter When Using Bottle Labelling Machine?

Since bottle labelling can be a complex application, there are many potential issues that may arise, along with a wide range of possible causes.

This can make it difficult to diagnose and solve the problem to get your production running again.

Below is a simplified table that highlights the common problems, their possible causes, and solutions.

Problem Possible CausePossible Solutions
Machine does not pick label out of the hopperExcess or inadequate adhesive on the pads, bottles, pickers, or labels.

Labels are tightly gripped by the hopper prong.

There are low or no labels in the hopper

The hopper prongs may have glue build up

The adhesive is fast-drying

Increase or decrease the amount of adhesive by adjusting meter blade.

Loose the hopper prongs.

Use slow-drying adhesive.

Resupply the labels in the hopper.

Clean the prongs.

Labels Curl Away From BottlePoor roller compression or wiper action

Labelling of wet bottles

Lack of enough adhesive tack

Labels may be spring, stiff or vertically grained

Excess adhesive

Adjust or clean the rollers and the wipers.

Label dry bottles

Flex the labels to make them bend in the desired direction.

Reduce the adhesive by adjusting the meter blade.

Apply tackier adhesives

Blistering or wrinkling of labelsVertically grained labels.

Excess adhesive.

Glue coverage is incomplete.

Poor compression or wiper action.

Labelling of wet bottles.


Use horizontally grained labels.

Reduce or increase the adhesive by adjusting the meter blade.

Adjust or clean the rollers and the wipers.


Adhesive smearing on bottles or labelsExcess adhesive.

Excess compression.

Freshly printed labels.

Hopper prongs have glue build-up.

Slipping labels

Reduce the adhesive by adjusting the meter blade.

Unfasten the wipers.

Use aged labels.

Clean the hopper prongs



Which Containers Can Label Using Bottle Labelling Machine?

 Round bottle labelling machine

 Round bottle labelling machine

Bootle labelling machines paste printed labels on the finished products.

Also, containers such as; vials, ampoules, bottles, jars, cylindrical cans, and other packaging material.

Based on the types, size, and shapes of containers or vessels, various labelling machines are used for different industrial applications.

Labelling machines can be used in both small and large scale industries.

Importantly, the level where the machine is applied is dependent on its automation.

Most semi-automatic labelling machines have a lower production rate than the fully automated ones.

Hence they are commonly used in small scale industries.

You will mostly use the semi-automatic labellers for round bottles or vials.

If you are looking to carry out front and back labelling for containers that are square-shaped, oval or plane;

You should consider a fully automatic labeller.

There are other labelling machines that carry out the labelling at rapid speed, vertically. These are referred to as high speed labelling machines.

Bottle labelling machines can also be integrated as a security label application machine for use as hologram and label applicator.

Ideally, you can fix them on an existing production line.

It can also serve as an ampoule or vial labelling machine.

It is  used for full or partial wrap-around labelling on round containers with small diameters like vials, ampoules, and test tubes.

Can You Integrate Bottle Labelling Machine With Existing Production Line?


Fully automatic labelling systems can be integrated into production lines and packaging lines.

These are usually connected to other systems and machines in the line via a conveyor belt incorporating both hardware and software.

Semi-automatic and manual labelling systems can be used flexibly in the production facilities as these are not integrated.

How Much Does Bottle Labelling Machine Cost?

The price of Bottle Labelling Machines is between $ 1000 and $ 1250.

However, the price may vary depending on factors such as the multi-functionality of the machine.

Other additional features and equipment may cause the overall price of a bottle labelling machine to increase slightly.

Do Bottle Labelling Machines Have A Warranty?


Most of our bottle labelling machines come with a 3-year carry-in warranty commitment.

You do not need to register your product, as our warranty is automatic when you purchase your labelling machine.

 Bottle labelling machine

Bottle labeling machine

How Do You Determine The Production Capacity Of Bottle Labelling Machine?

Production capacity can be calculated using the following steps.

The first step in understanding production capacity is to calculate the labelling machine’s hourly capacity.

The next step is to determine how long it takes to produce one unit of product.

Finally, you will divide the daily plant capacity in hours by the product production time. The result is the daily production capacity.

For example, say it takes a worker 30 minutes (0.5 hours) on a labelling machine to make one unit of labelled bottles, and the capacity is 600 machine hours.

The production capacity is 600 hours  divided by 0.5 hours.

What Are The Limitations Of Manual Bottle Labelling Machine?

While a manual labelling machine may be enough to get your first production run off the ground.

It is not a sustainable way for most businesses to operate due to the limitations of the labelling technology.

Here are some limitations accompanying manual labelling machines frequently:

  • Limited Label Options – A common problem with using a manual label applicator is that they limit your options for labels.

The size, type of paper and type of ink on your labels will all be affected by the type of manual bottle labelling machine you are using.

  • Limited Growth Potential – Unfortunately, with a manual labelling machine.

It quickly becomes apparent that the only way to scale your production is to spend more and more time labelling things by hand.

Either you need to allot extra hours to the task, or you need to hire more help to handle it

  • Poor Performance – Since these are not precision devices, they don’t hold the label roll quite tight enough to maintain pressure
  • Inconsistent – The problem with a manual label applicator is that it’s hard to get consistent quality and placement out of your labels.

Which Are The Safety Features In Bottle Labelling Machine?

Here are some safety features of bottle labelling machine:

  • Ergonomic design– The design comprises controls that are user friendly hence ensuring user safety and efficiency.
  • Alarm-triggered stop – When the machine’s alarm is triggered due to any safety concern, the machine will promptly shut down to ensure user safety.

Also, the alarm system prevents any resource wastage.

  • Vision system – The vision system is responsible for preventing the operation of the labeller if there are no labels in the machine.

The sensors that detect the gaps in the labels are also part of the vision system.

  • Finally, the power button is situated in an easily accessible location to help turn off the machines in case of any emergency.

Additional Resources:

Automatic Labelling Machines

Labelling Machine (Buying Guide)

Other type of labelling machine we offer include pressure sensitive labelling machine, multi-function labelling machine, multi surface labeller, two side labelling machine, horizontal labelling machine, vertical labelling machine, and flat surface labelling machine.

For any questions or inquiry about bottle labelling machine, contact us now.

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