Pallet Labeler: How to Choose the Right System | InkJet, Inc.




Labeling pallets enables pallet traceability, making it easier to keep stock in a warehouse, and track shipments of pallets as they move through the supply chain. Generally, a pallet should be labeled on both sides to ensure that it can be read regardless of which side they are lifted into storage, and labels need to be applied clearly and consistently. To accomplish this, businesses need a pallet labeler.

Picking the right pallet labeler can help ensure that labels are printed legibly and applied reliably to avoid unreadable, misplaced, and/or lost labels. To choose the right pallet labeler, warehouses must decide whether to label manually or automatically.

Manual vs Automatic Pallet Labeler

The only real benefit to manual pallet labeling is the up-front cost. Manual handheld pallet labelers are less expensive than their automatic counterparts, but often use the same consumables, making operational costs pretty similar.

Automatic pallet labeling provides more efficient and consistent label application for industrial applications than manual systems. By automating the process, warehouses can apply labels to both sides of up to 5 pallets per minute. Additionally, once the labeler is configured properly, these labels will be printed and applied the same way every time, improving the quality and placement of each label. This can save on labor costs and reduce sunk costs brought about by mistakes made by a manual operator. 

As a result, an essential step in running a warehouse that deals with a high volume of pallets is to get a print-and-apply label machine (PALM). Specifically, a PALM system that is configured specifically for pallet labeling.

Evolabel Automatic PALM with FlexWipe Pallet Applicator

The Evolabel PALM, configured with their FlexWipe pallet applicator, provides all the functionality a high-volume warehouse needs at a competitive value. As mentioned above, it can print and apply labels to 5 pallets per minute, applying them to both sides perfectly when set up properly.

Coding Technology

Operating Method

System Options

Maximum Resolution and Print Height

Maximum Marking Speed

Cost Factors

Print-and-Apply Label Machine

Auto-prints and applies labels to passing materials


300 DPI (height varies by printer model)

60 m/min

High unit cost, moderate consumable cost

By switching to a PALM system like the Evolabel, warehouses can vastly increase their labeling speed and ensure consistent application devoid of human error. While errors can still happen with PALM systems, they are easily corrected, and once they are set up properly, they will apply labels reliably as configured.

Automatic Pallet Labelers with Inkjet, Inc.

While switching to an automatic pallet labeler makes operations more efficient and consistent, set-up can be a hurdle. By working with a trusted vendor like Inkjet, Inc. that focuses on client advocacy, accessible service, and installation assistance, warehouses can ensure that they get up and running as quickly and painlessly as possible.

If you’re interested in finding an automatic pallet labeler for your operation, contact InkJet, Inc. online today or call 1(800) 280-3245.