Common Issues with Labelling Machines

Common Issues with Labelling Machines

Labels are often used for product identification and packaging. The most common type of labelers use thermal transfer technology, which works by heating up a plate that transfers ink to the label.

So, a labeling machine is a great way to label products and packages, but they can also go wrong. Here are some common issues with labeling machines, and how to fix them:

Label jams

One of the most common issues with labeling machines is that labels can get stuck or jammed. This can be because the printer has run out of ink or toner – but it may also be because there’s an issue with your machine’s software. To solve this problem, all you need to do is restart your printer. If this doesn't work, unplug it from its power source for a few minutes before plugging it back in. That ought to do the trick! The feed mechanism isn't moving smoothly

A common problem with label printers is that the feed mechanism gets stuck or doesn't move smoothly anymore. This causes problems when you're trying to print on rolls of labels and it means that you might have to manually turn them around so that they're facing in the right direction before printing on them again – which takes time! To solve this problem, all you need to do is clean out any dust or dirt from around the feed mechanism by using a cotton bud dipped in rubbing alcohol;

Label is printed upside down

If you have been using an adhesive label printer then it could be that the adhesive side of the label has been put on the wrong side of the paper (or vice versa). This happens because some types of printers will print from one side only and others from both sides of the paper at once. Make sure that you have checked this before trying to use your new labels in your printer.

Poor Printing Quality

Another common issue with labelling machines is that they print poorly on product labels. This could be caused by low quality ink cartridges or poor-quality paper rolls being used by the machine itself. When this happens, your company's reputation may suffer as customers may believe that your products are not as high quality as other brands on the market today.

Handling Errors in Labelling Machines

Errors in the labelling process can be very costly. These can be caused by either a faulty setup, or by human error. In some cases, it might be difficult to determine which one of these is the culprit.

The first thing to do when handling errors with labelling machines is to check the setup. If you find that the setup is not correct, then you need to make adjustments accordingly. This can involve making changes to the instructions on your labels, or even changing out parts of your machinery altogether.

Some errors can be because of human error on behalf of an operator. For example, if they are not following instructions correctly and this leads to misprints on the labels, then this is something that can be easily corrected with training or through better communication between the customer and the operators.


Some labelling machines go through the motions of printing a label but then just don't stick. If this happens you need to take action. Because if some labels aren't sticking and you continue to run the job there's a good chance that the ones that do get stuck will be squashed or smudged. Labelling machines have many moving parts and if something is going wrong with one aspect, it can cause issues with other areas as well. You might not think it's necessary to repair your labelling machine right away, but remember that delays in getting it fixed could result in lost sales and damaged labels. So, it's worth taking care of things as soon as you notice problems.