Linerless Labeling for Logistics

First Published: September 18, 2023

I recently wrote about linerless labeling and looked at some of the reasons that adoption has been slow despite some clear advantages, especially in North America.

One market sector that shows promise is linerless labeling for logistics in warehouses, distribution centers and e-commerce facilities.

For facilities where packages are labeled manually, it is easy to move into linerless labeling – many stationary printer manufacturers offer their printers with a linerless option and a cutter for cutting the labels to the correct length.

When it comes to automatically printing and applying labels to packaging, there is currently not so much choice.

But here are some options for automatic linerless labeling for logistics that you might want to investigate.

Fox IV L3904 Linerless Label Print and Apply System.

This print-and-apply labeler is equipped with a servo-controlled tamp module to handle products of differing heights.

Rather than use one of the industry standard OEM print engines, Fox IV uses the components from a SATO tabletop printer and builds them into the machine.

Get more info here: Fox IV Linerless

HERMA InNo-Liner Linerless Labeling System

While most linerless labels are made with adhesive on one side and a silicon coating on the other, Herma has taken a different approach to prevent the labels from sticking together.

Herma’s InNo-Liner material uses an adhesive that is dry until it is activated by spraying with water just prior to applying the label to the product. You might remember a similar approach from Nu-Label a few years ago that had several equipment OEMs signed up.

Get more info here: Herma InNo-Liner

Toshiba DL1024 Dual-Sided Linerless Printer

With this system, Toshiba aims at the niche market of combined labels and packaging slips.

The direct thermal printer has two printheads and prints the shipping label on the top face of the label and the packaging slip on the rear. The custom labels have an adhesive pattern that allows the combined label to be removed from the package by the recipient, giving access to the packaging slip on the reverse side.

This system can be used as a printer with hand application or combined with a Panther servo-controlled applicator module for automatic label application.

Get more info here: Toshiba Linerless DL1024

Arca Linerless 4.0

Arca is an Italian manufacturer of labeling systems that has offered several variations of linerless print and apply system.

The current system incorporates a SATO print engine and a pneumatic tamp system – unusual for this market.

Get more info here: Arca Linerless 4.0

Raptor HS Linerless Labeler

Initially produced by Bell + Howell, the Raptor system has gone through several owners in recent years.

One of the first labeling systems to exclusively use linerless labels, the Raptor also used the unusual concept of mounting the print mechanism (taken from a Zebra printer) right on the servo-controlled tamp pad.

This allowed printing to occur while the tamp module was in motion for the next box size.

The Raptor product is currently owned by BlueCrest and appears to still be part of their product line.

Get more info here: Raptor HS

Will more equipment manufacturers be offering linerless labeling systems in the future?

It is certainly possible, but with the current slow rate of growth of the linerless labels, there isn’t a lot of incentive for OEMs to develop new products specifically for these labels.

What do you think? Do you feel that linerless labeling will make more inroads in the near future?

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