Cold Temperature Labeling

One of the most difficult environments to label in is in a refrigerated or freezer setting.  For many manufacturers though, cold temperature labeling is unavoidable.  The need to maintain a consistent cold temperature for food and pharmaceutical safety and stability means that the whole packaging process needs to be under refrigerator or freezer conditions.  They often resort to hand labeling because they can’t find a label applicator that will reliably work in cold conditions.  Just imagine being that person that has to stand there in a freezer picking labels off a printer and sticking them to a pallet load.  It is understandable that manufacturers would want to automate this job.

Finding the right OEM

Many OEM’s choose not to design machines that operate in a refrigerated or freezer setting.  It takes extra engineering design and calculation time to design a cold temperature labeling machine.  OEM’s who sell one size fits all labeling equipment just are not equipped with the flexibility and experience needed to take on this challenge. 

Each component of a machine, including everything from the motors and electronics to the bearings and pneumatics, has an optimum working temperature range.  If the ambient temperature is above or below this range, the components may not operate correctly or consistently.  As a part of cold temperature equipment design, the engineering team must evaluate each component’s individual operating temperature range.  Depending on the analysis, engineers may need to select other components or design a heater with a thermostat to keep the temperature steady.  The control panel must undergo it’s own separate calculation, since all of the components are contained inside a sealed enclosure the heat they give off combines to warm the enclosure and additional heating may not be necessary.

Choosing the right label stock

The right label can make all the difference.  Not all adhesives are designed to work in freezer conditions.  If the glue freezes it will not stick to the pallet.  Additionally, if there is condensation or frost on your packaging or stretch wrap, the label may not stick.  Choosing a label designed to work within your temperature parameters will prevent dropped and otherwise unreadable labels.

We do cold temperature labeling

Automating your frozen packaging line is not impossible, and will likely help boost production, efficiency, and safety. At Kolinahr Systems, our engineers custom design each machine to fit your facility’s particular needs and design parameters.  Which means, we can provide labeling equipment for a variety of working conditions, including cold temperature labeling machines.  The enclosed cage style design of our machines easily accommodates heating (or cooling) elements and logic for a thermostat can be incorporated into the PLC based program that runs each machine.

Want to get your fork truck drivers in out of the cold?  Our pallet load stackers can include a cold temperature package as well.

If you are considering automation in your cold temperature packaging line, contact our team for more information on our equipment and the steps needed to develop machines for this challenging environment.


Kolinahr Systems, Inc.

6840 Ashfield Drive

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

513.745.9401 ex. 22

Visit Our YOUTUBE Channel