Have you ever thought how the wine ends up bottled on the store shelves, where you can compare different brands and take home the one that’s best for you? From grapes to the wine bottle, the journey comprises a series of stages, more or less automated. Actually I don’t think that a human hand ever touches the wine. It ages in cold, dark cellars, in bottles that get covered in dust. When time comes to sell the wine, the bottles are taken out of the cellar, put into labeling machines, labeled and sealed with wax. Actually, the wax seal is applied manually after the labeling stage. Both operations are fascinating for an outsider like myself. I know it because I’ve been invited to visit a wine factory a couple of weeks ago. It really made me think about stuff we take for granted. Package labeling is one of them. Every day we see shelves full of products in various shapes, sizes and textures. All those goods are perfectly packed and labeled, with a precision which only a machine can provide. It’s interesting how labels can perfectly adhere even on bottles and packages made of soft plastic.

My inquisitive nature made me research this matter when I returned from that visit. I discovered lots of interesting facts about labeling machines. For instance, did you know that small diameter bottles that call for wrap around labels need a special machine to accomplish this job? Or that some of these machines need to be pressure sensitive in order to be able to apply the label just as hard as required for a perfect application? Or that if you want to take advantage of the RFID technology, you need a special machine to apply the RFID tags on product labels?

If I managed to awaken your interest in this industry, you can find out more details online. Enjoy!