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Automatic Box Labeling

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We can label the following:

  • Boxes of virtually any size
  • Cases & Cartons
  • Totes
  • Jugs & Round Containers
  • Pallets
  • Trays

No parts pricing sucker punches – VBS uses standard, industry-available components that are easily attainable from multiple vendors, in the design and construction of our equipment assuring our customer economical, simplified, fast and efficient maintainability.

We bring you a complete automatic box/case weigh labeling system that requires minimal oversight. We can label boxes on the front, side, back, top, bottom or even apply a corner-wrap at high speeds.

Features & Benefits:

  • Reduce hand-labeling to save money, time and labor
  • Label is applied evenly which improves product appearance
  • Consistently applied labels reduce barcode reading errors
  • Label editing software allows you to have control over the look of your label
  • Simplifies your compliance labeling requirements

Automatic Box Labeling Features:

NTEP Capacity x Resolution (Standard)

200 lb  x   0.1     lb
100 lb  x   0.05   lb
  40 lb  x   0.02   lb
  20 lb  x   0.01   lb
  10 lb  x   0.005 lb

NTEP Capacity x Resolution (Metric)

100 kg  x   0.05   kg
  40 kg  x   0.02   kg
  20 kg  x   0.01   kg
  10 kg  x   0.005 kg
    4 kg  x   0.002 kg


The VBS Advantage

Some companies only do part of a labeling solution. VBS does it all! We can offer a turnkey solution that saves you hassle!


Yes.  We do this by means of an indexer (spaces boxes/cases) and conveyor with angled roller belting (aligns boxes/cases against an edge).

This is highly dependent on size of the label & label content.  A safe number is around 20-30 boxes per minute.

NTEP is required when you are selling your product based on its weight.  Therefore all food processing facilities require an NTEP scale in their facility when capturing product weight.  NTEP is also required when transmitting a weight for creating a shipping label.

Yes.  However, the label contents must be stored on our system (SDS Controller).  Even if the plant network goes down our system will continue to weigh boxes and print a label.  When the network is back up, it can access our on-board SQL database to pull the weight information for each box.

Primary Components

  • Indexer to space boxes/cases (not needed if boxes arrive pre-spaced)
  • Optional Conveyor with angled roller belting to align boxes to one side​
  • Optional Preidentification Scanner to automatically identify product entering the system
  • Conveyor scale to determine box weight
  • Conveyor to transport boxes past printer/applicator
  • Printer/applicator to print barcode and weight and apply onto box
  • Barcode Verification Scanner to ensure barcode is readable
  • Divert Mechanism to reject boxes that are not scannable

How it works: (refer to diagram below)

The Case Indexer ensures all boxes are presented consistently for weighing.  It must ensure the proper spacing of boxes so 2 cases are not on the scale at the same time during the weighing cycle.

The Scale Infeed Conveyor ensures the cases/boxes are moving at a constant speed as they transfer onto the conveyor scale.

The photoeye sensors on the Conveyor Scale will start and stop the weighment cycle at the correct point. This weight information is then sent to the system controller.  While the weighing process is active, an optional barcode preidentification scanner can be used to automatically identify the type of product during chaotic product box flow.

The System Controller takes weight information from the conveyor scale and the product ID information from either the preidentification scanner or operator input, and looks up product parameters including box tare to determine the information needing to be printed on the label.  The label information is then sent to the printer applicator for automatic label generation.

The Printer within the printer applicator will then print a label with bar code data.  This label is automatically placed onto a case once the box/case reaches the proper position in front of the applicator.

A Verification Barcode Scanner reads the previously printed and applied barcode label and stores the information in the system controller as verified production if the proper parameters are met. If proper parameters are not met, the system controller will automatically signal the divert to reject the offending box/case.

Automatic box labeling system with indexer, conveyor scale, high box flap detector, printer, applicator and reject.

4 Ways You Can Use Automatic Box/Case Labeling Machines

  • Apply labels on front, side, back, top, bottom or corner-wrap
  • Apply preprinted labels
  • Gather weight information to be printed on labels
  • Take your information, combine it with ours (i.e. weight) and print it on one label

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Additional Labeling Videos

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Downloadable PDF Resources

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VBS Recommended Label Printing Orientation

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