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We recently upgraded to a Meheen 4-head filler, and would like to know what other brewers out there have done to set up automatic labeling with this particular system. Previously, we were bottling using a single-head filler, hand-labeling with pressure sensitive labels, which was all we needed at the time. Now that we have this new system tho, we'd like to know what our labeling options are to create a more streamlined system.

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Pressure Sensitive or PS is the way to go. There are different label applicators out there that offer speeds that will work directly with your fillers. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me! I'd be happy to point you in the right direction!

Ramsey Stewart
Label Solutions, Inc
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I would tend to agree that an in-line pressure-sensitive applicator may be a little more cost up front, but many will last for 10 or even 20 years with little upkeep. I'm a little biased (we produce pressure sensitive labels for breweries, wineries, distilleries, etc.), but the mess from cold glue labels is a big turn off for a lot of breweries. There requires a significant amount of cleaning and also upkeep on the equipment just because the glue is in liquid form,transferred from separate containers and then inevitably makes a mess. There would be no mess with pressure sensitive labels...  
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Depending on the type of labels you're going to be using, that can more-or-less determine which type of labeler you should invest in. While the labels for most pressure-sensitive labelers are a bit pricier, they're said to be much easier to deal with and typically require no glue/adhesive. Cold glue cut-and-stack labels, however, are cheaper in the long-run and can be applied after bottling using a simple body label machine. Once you get past the initial set-up, these types of machines aren't usually very problematic and typically run quite well. 
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