Labelers Offer Print and Apply Options

Versatile modular units place pressure-sensitive labels at high speeds.

A rotary pressure-sensitive-label applicator is available in a variety of sizes for maximum versatility. The Rotary 9000–series applicator handles containers of most sizes and shapes at speeds to 60 containers per minute, applying as many as six labels on one product. The system can be supplied in a range of sizes, from 4 to 40 station turrets. Toolless change parts make changeover easy and downtime minimal. Built primarily of stainless steel and designed with ergonomic features, the machine can be equipped with optional air-fill capability for labeling empty thin-walled containers. Label-Aire Inc., Fullerton, CA.

A label printer-applicator offers both high-resolution printing and two-label adjacent-panel application for in-line carton-labeling operations. The Label-Aire Model 2138 dual-action tamp is available with several thermal and thermal-transfer print engines, including 203- and 300-dpi versions, and operates with proprietary print-apply software designed to make label design, storage, and printing simple. The machine prints a label, automatically peels it from its liner, and then retains it via vacuum on an applicator pad. The tamp pad, mounted on a 90° rotary swing arm, applies the first label to the front panel of a moving carton, then returns to position to accept a second label which is subsequently applied to the side of the carton in a straight stroke. Weber Marking Solutions Inc., Arlington Heights, IL.

A pressure-sensitive labeler offers several user-friendly features, including programmable logic control and recipe management, and an automatic setup mode. The Model 125 Bronco can be configured for single-panel, front-and-back, or wraparound labeling to suit project requirements. It can accommodate labels ranging in length from 5/8 to 12 1/2 in. and in height from 5/8 to 7 in. It handles containers 5/8 to 7 in. wide and 1 to 14 in. high. The labeler also is equipped with microstepping label-advance capability and a sanitary-style raised-bed conveyor. NJM/CLI Packaging Systems International, Lebanon, NH.

A line of modular heavy-duty labelers includes stand-alone wrap labelers, single-panel front-and-back labelers, and bottom- and/or top-labeling systems. Re-Pack labelers can accommodate labels ranging in size from 1/2 x 3/8 in. to 4 1/2 x 9 in.; optional kits are available to extend capability to labels measuring 10 x 30 in. Drive options to meet a variety of requirements include a standard dc drive, a stepper motor drive, and a high-speed, high-accuracy servo drive. Optional printers can be added to make any unit a print-and-apply labeling system. The systems are mounted on a common-frame design and can be augmented by the addition of such components as rotary tables, conveyors, motorized workstations, and customized product controls and gating systems. Griffin-Rutgers, Ronkonkoma, NY.

A shrink-sleeve label applicator is designed to carry film 130 mm wide for the labeling of large bottles. The EZ-130 has a top production speed of 150 parts per minute. The fully automatic labeler features a stepper drive system, an advanced monitoring system, and a user-friendly operator interface panel. The durable machine is made of stainless steel and consists of relatively few parts, thus facilitating maintenance. It can be used for the application of heat-shrinkable sleeve labels and for multipacking. Axon Corp./Styrotech, Raleigh, NC.

A fully automatic high-speed print-and-apply labeling system is a heavy-duty unit built for continuous-duty operation. The on-line PA/5000 LT prints and applies direct thermal and thermal-transfer labels to cartons, packages, totes, pallets, and primary products. The rugged machine is made of aluminum and steel, and rests on a sturdy T-base stand with locking casters. Diagraph Corp., St. Louis, MO.

A pharmaceutical wraparound labeling system is designed to apply full-wrap labels to cylindrical containers, syringes, and tubes. The versatile system can handle up to 400 products per minute. A product feed mechanism, full-color touch screen, thermal-transfer coder, and verifier are all available as options. With its corrosion-resistant stainless-steel cabinet base and all-overhead electronics, the system is well suited for operation in harsh environments. Quadrel Labeling Systems, Mentor, OH.

A PC-controlled printer-applicator thermally prints graphics, bar codes, and text to pressure-sensitive labels, and then applies the labels to prefabricated pouches, bags, and flats. The tabletop PAL Labelmaster applicator processes bags, pouches, and flats up to 16 in. wide and 24 in. long, at speeds of 12 in. of stock per second. Printing of labels as wide as 4.5 in. and as long as 6 in. with 300-dpi resolution can be done by direct thermal or thermal-transfer methods. The unit has nine alphanumeric fonts in point sizes of 2.5 to 45, comes with menu-driven software, and can interface through RS-232 and RS-422 ports. Electronic label sensing in both the printer and the applicator allows release liners without pin-feed holes to be used. About Packaging Robotics Inc., Boulder, CO.

A system for coding and identifying products and packages is designed to make it easy for brand owners to discover counterfeits and diverted product. The technology involves incorporating low levels of inconspicuous but traceable markers into ink, lacquer, paper, or adhesive that is used in any part of a product, its packaging, or its labels. In pharmaceutical applications, the marker might reside in the drug substance, in the capsule or tablet coating, on the blister foil in invisible printing, in the carton card or insert paper, or in visible inks on the outer packaging. The covert variable information can be applied via continuous ink-jet printing. Testing is easily effected by means of a disposable device; a presumably marked area of the product or package is swabbed, the swab placed in liquid, and then a small amount of the liquid placed on the test device for reading. Biocode Inc., Bethlehem, PA.

A line of pressure-sensitive labelers consists of label applicators and printer-applicators designed to attach adhesive-backed labels of paper, Mylar, and other stock to cartons, cases, and webs. Series-7000 labelers offer print speeds of 12 in./sec at resolutions of 203 and 300 dpi, and can apply labels at rates up to 5000 in./min. Units are available for in-line production applications, or to serve as part of an off-line automatic labeling station that can feed, label, and regather containers, cartons, pouches, sleeves, envelopes, or cases. Labels can be applied directly, tamped on, or blown on. All machines feature ac synchronous motors, a dial-in control box, photoelectric product and label sensors, and thumbwheel trim controls for on-the-fly adjustment. Dalemark Industries Inc., Lakewood, NJ.

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