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After careful planning, research and designing, you’ve finally created attractive and functional labels for your cannabis products. Now what? 

While having well-designed cannabis labels is undeniably important, you’ll also need to have a strategy for your label application process. Whether you have a small craft cannabis company or a larger operation, applying labels will be a mission-critical task in your business. No matter how beautiful your labels may be, applying them incorrectly will ruin their appearance and reflect poorly on your brand. 

How are cannabis product labels applied? 

There are two main methods for applying labels to products: By hand or automatically by using a label applicator system. The right cannabis label application process will depend on your needs for efficiency, accuracy and productivity. 

Labeling cannabis products by hand

Applying labels to your cannabis products by hand is a perfectly acceptable method for smaller operations. However, as your business grows and you have more products to label, automating the label application process becomes a smart business decision. 

A big drawback to applying labels by hand is the potential for human error. When labels are misplaced on the product or applied incorrectly with wrinkles and tears, it results in unnecessary waste—wasted labels, wasted time, wasted money and potentially even wasted product. 

Another downside of manual label application is employee inefficiency and fatigue, which can, in turn, lead to mistakes. Applying labels is also repetitive, time-consuming work. At a certain point, you may find that your employees can be more productive and bring greater value elsewhere in your business. This is when automation can make a big impact. 

Automated Cannabis Label Application

As your cannabis business expands and you need to scale up label production, continuing to apply labels by hand may actually hold your business back. Investing in a cannabis label applicator can be a complete game-changer for your labeling process, helping to improve the overall efficiency, productivity and profitability of your business. 

Label applicators are machines that apply labels to products or packages with great speed and precision. A label applicator with printing capabilities streamlines the labeling process even further because it will automatically print labels with variable data and then apply them directly to the product or package. 

Best of all, automating your cannabis label process is less expensive than you may think. Not only will automatic cannabis label application prevent mistakes and wasted labels, but it can also help reduce labor costs. With labeling automation, you can keep up with increased product demand without having to hire additional help. It could even free up some of your current employees to focus on other tasks as your business grows. 

At Delta9 Systems, we’re proud to offer a new customizable label printing and application solution to help cannabis professionals streamline their in-house labeling process from start to finish. The PAC5 On-Demand Full Color Print and Apply Label Applicator is designed specifically for the Epson ColorWorks CW-C6000 on-demand label printer with peel-and-present capabilities. 

This tabletop-sized unit fits right into the cannabis packaging process, providing accurate, reliable label application to uphold your packaging and branding standards. It can print and apply cannabis labels in a variety of sizes and shapes, from 3x5x5 inches to 8x12x12 inches, in squares, rectangles, flats or rounds on request. 

Most importantly, the PAC5 allows for a safe and efficient workflow, even in environments where workers are required to wear gloves. All the operator needs to do is place the product, and the PAC5 will deliver fast and accurate label placement! 

Ready for a smarter, more efficient cannabis labeling process?

Our label experts are here to provide more information and answer your questions about the new PAC5 Color Label Print and Apply Labeler. Give us a call at 877-303-8957 or fill out our online contact form, and we’ll be in touch with you soon. 

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