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The History And Evolution Of Labelling Machines



The History And Evolution Of Labelling Machines

Back in the 1930s, an investment of $100 allowed entrepreneur R. Stanton Avery to build an ingenious piece of machinery, using a sabre saw, a washing machine motor, and parts of an old sewing machine. The labelling machine that he invented enabled the direct application of glue to labels, making them instantly self-adhesive. Today, Mr Avery’s successful business is globally known as the Avery Dennison Corporation.

Labelling origins

While R. Stanton Avery can certainly take credit for an invention that has greatly helped to evolve and expand the process of labelling across multiple industries all over the world, the humble label dates back much further than the 1930s. Man of the earliest recorded labels appeared on bottles containing medicines and beverages, and on consumable products like fruits and vegetables.

In 1352 BCE, Egyptian King Tutankhamen was buried in a tomb that was filled with an array of treasures, including containers of his favourite wine. Each container was inscribed with information about the wine type and region, and the year made.

French Benedictine monk, Dom Pierre Perignon, unwittingly invented the first wine label on record, at the start of the 1700s. He scribbled information about wine on a piece of parchment, and attached it to a bottle with a piece of string. Little did he know that this action would one day lead to him becoming a significant contributor to the production and quality of sparkling Champagne wine.

Label mass production

In 1798, the Bavarian inventor Alois Senefelder invented the printing process of lithography. His technique involved rolling ink over an engraved stone, to offset the image to a substrate. This allowed for the mass production of labels, which were in high demand by wineries. With steam-powered lithography being the dominant printing process until the 20th century, labels were mostly printed using engravings in wood or copper.

The shape of the original 1700s’ wine label has also been redefined for mass production. The rectangular label allowed for more information about the wine to be provided, along with an illustration that characterised the brand. This simple, but effective shape remains popular today.

Winemaking throughout France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal, over the next 150 years, led to a great demand for glass bottles and wine labels. In the 1800s, Germany presented the first mass produced paper wine labels to the world. For many decades, it was common practice for large wineries making champagne to decorate their labels with gold, silver and bronze free leaf stamping.

The expansion of the beer business, in the late 1890s, meant a huge production demand for a means of faster labeling. Thankfully, in the USA, R. Stanton Avery was by now exploring creative ideas of how to build alabelling machine to simplify the manual label attaching process.

Modern day labelling machines

Innovations in the labelling market continue to evolve the labeling machine of today. There are developments in inkjet and laser printing, which is faster and lower in cost.

The Oxfordshire based British independent, family run business ALS has been building industrial label application machinery and advanced labelling systems since 1997. The high-quality printed self-adhesive labels are designed for a multitude of uses by a vast number of industries worldwide.

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