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The history of barcode printing goes back in 1948 and features Bernard Silver, a graduate student and his friend Norman Woodland. The demand for a system that would automatically read product information during checkout came from the president of Food Fair, the local food chain in Philadelphia.

Using Morse code as inspiration, Woodland and Silver proceeded with their ideas, and in 1949 filed a patent application for a new system of printing patterns and reading system. Two years later, Woodland moved to IBM and tried to interest the company in developing the system.

Despite the interest, the conclusion was that it would take patience for more adequate technology to be developed in the future.

The next person to work on what we nowadays know as barcode was David Collins. As he was working at Pennsylvania Railroad, he became aware of the need to automatically identify railroad cars. He developed an interesting method using blue and yellow reflective stripes attached to the side of the cars, encoding a six digit company identifier and a four-digit car number. Light reflected off the stripes was fed into one of two photomultipliers, filtered for blue or yellow. This system had its faults, but was another step that contributed to the universal adoption of the barcodes.

In 1971 IBM remembered they still employed Woodland, so a new facility in North Carolina was established. Gradually, after failures and improvements, the barcode started to be adopted by more and more commercial chains, especially after exact data regarding the return on investment for a barcode scanner became available.

As expected, extremists and supports of the conspiracy theory did not greet the barcodes very friendly. But their advantages eventually neutralized extreme opinions.

Resource: Wikipedia

Barcode labels are extremely useful. They can be used to keep track of patients (medical history, allergies), rental cars, airline luggage and you name it. Recent advanced technology makes it possible for barcodes to be printed and labelled, respecting a very high level of accuracy.

Labelling is a very important process that has come a long way from a mere piece of paper stating the product name, to a precise label that must contain detailed and real information. Knowing that there is advanced technology you can rely on is very important. ALS, Advanced Labelling Systems offers a range of fast, reliable and economic label printers that answer today’s needs of being informed.

ALS Fast Labeller


If you think of tomato purée, hand cream and oil paints and we give you a small hint: the container, you’ll soon get the picture of what unites them: the tube.

Having low costs of production and easily manufactured in multi-layered options which offer extra protection for certain products – cosmetics or food related, the tube has become one of the most demanded commercial container. Metal, plastic or laminate, it is flexible and air-tight which contributes to a longer and more hygienically storage of the contents.

The tube only receives value once this one gains commercial awareness by means of the label. Targeted at consumers, the label says everything there is to be known: the ingredients, the expiry date and the manufacturer. Proper tube labelling is very important and the advantages have to match those of the very manufacturing of the tube.

  • Improved logistics
  • High quality graphics at a lower cost
  • The labels can easily be re-thought in terms of colours, design and information
  • Can choose between paper, film or metalised labels
  • Labels can be applied in various ways: full-wrap; partial-wrap; with or without product orientation

The ALS tube labeller tackles the concept of labels from both the manufacturer’s and the consumer’s perspective. It is sophisticated, reliable and fast, already present in Europe, USA and Asia. It works at speeds in excess of 100 tubes per minute, being accurate every single time. This is due to the solid foundation that each ALS T-Series machine is built on, which keeps movement and vibration to an absolute minimum. In no time anonymous tubes will be labelled and made known to the consumers.

The packaging industry has made tremendous strides in quality, effectiveness and efficiency in recent decades. As technology has improved and the range and complexity of products needing to be packaged has increased, so has our ability to deliver advanced labelling and packaging solutions.

We now live in a global economy which means products are made and sent all over the world, all the time.The pressure on businesses to deliver products on time and to the highest standard is greater than ever. However thanks to technology such as fast labels and fast labelling machines, the process of packaging and labelling your product is now incredibly efficient.

Labelling machine by ALS, as seen in the video below can work at a relentless pace, delivering the highest quality labelling and packaging solutions. In the video below is ALS FastPaQ UHS 250 labeller, in-line on a carton folding and gluing line.

While there have been massive technological developments in the last 50 years there has been equally impressive advances in the understanding of marketing and customer behaviour which, as a result has influenced the way products we see packaged at the supermarket today.

There have also been big changes in legislation over the decades, particularly in relation to food packaging. Food manufacturers are now legally required to display a huge amount of nutritional information. The company that makes these food items might need to this product labelled tens of thousands of times and with an extremely low margin of error. Thankfully with products like the ALS FastPaQ there is an incredibly low margin of error. Just 0.4 mm!

The other major challenge for the labelling and packaging of products is all down to shape and complexity. Marketing departments are always looking for creative new pays of presenting products, which is fantastic, for customer. For the packaging and labelling industry, the most efficient shapes are simple ones, likes squares and rectangles. However the demands of modern packaging and label application have been met by companies such as ALS.