Industrial label printers are a key piece of equipment for all industrial producers in the modern age. Industrial label printers help speed up the production process whilst keeping costs low, a necessity in the modern global market. They also help with security, tracking materials and making sure that the finished product looks professional.
But whilst industrial label printers are a relatively new development, using a label for industrial products is not new. This practice has a long history.
In the ancient and medieval world, there was little need to label goods. It was obvious what most goods were, as they were sold in sacks, barrels or in carts. Whilst there is evidence that signs were used to advertise shops and stalls, there was limited need to label goods.
However, with the onset of industrialisation, this changed. The use of the industrial label developed for two main reasons. The first was to do with food. As the population began to move from agricultural areas to towns during the Industrial Revolution, the need for food changed. From 1750, more of the population relied on food from the countryside that could be sent to the towns for the industrial workers. At the same time, the British navy was growing in size and power, and they needed food that would last on the ships.
In 1809, a Frenchman, Nicolas Appert, published a new method of preserving food in jars. A year later, Englishmen Peter Durand used iron lined tins. The navy stocked up on food in tins, and industrial workers began to eat tinned food. However, the problem was obvious – how to know what was inside a can? And so began the largescale use of the industrial label. These were produced by commercial printers to identify the contents. The practise of using the industrial label became commonplace and printers produced tens of thousands of copies so that each tin could have an industrial label.
As well as identifying food, the Industrial Revolution led to branding. Once trains opened up markets so that companies could ship their goods around the country, branding by means of an industrial label became essential. In order to persuade customers to choose one brand over another, it was important that people knew who made the product. Medicine was a key example. Companies began advertising their goods in newspapers, and by placing an industrial label on the box, can or jar, customers could purchase the brand that they had seen advertised.
In the twenty-first century, technology and the international market has come a long way. Yet industrial label printers are used for much the same reason as in the Industrial Revolution – to identify what a product is and to build a commercial image that will draw customers. For this reason, many companies invest in their own industrial label printers.
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