Labelers can be as simple or as sophisticated as a packager needs.
Today's labeling equipment ranges from simple bar code printers to sophisticated machines that not only print text and graphics in full color, but also apply the labels to containers of varying sizes. Some labelers have even more options: They can print on two sides or in two colors. They can print very tiny or very large text at a high resolution. They can save time, ribbon, or ink. And they can affix a label to a delicate or odd-shaped container.
Equipment manufacturers have paid attention to packagers' basic objectives without forgetting more specialized needs. Many machines are available in a basic format with add-on options that customize the equipment to meet particular requirements.
A thermal-transfer printer produces crisp bar codes and high-resolution printing. The Labeljet 2620 label printer-applicator is available with tamp or air-jet label application methods. The machine prints at speeds up to 12 in./sec and up to 6.6 in. wide on label widths to 7.2 in. Willett America Inc., Fort Worth, TX.
A fast thermal and thermal-transfer label printer can produce small, delicate print when used with an optional label applicator. Labels can be as small as 0.5 in. wide x 0.2 in. high. The Apollo 1 features 300-dpi print resolution running at 8 in./sec with a 4.2-in. print width. Its stand-alone feature allows label printing with or without a computer attached. Tharo Systems Inc., Brunswick, OH.
A swing-away tamp assembly allows access for maintenance of a thermal printer-applicator. The LM-3600 can be configured in a variety of systems, such as tamp, blow-on, or flag. Its engine can print at speeds up to 10 in./sec. When connected to a PC, the LM-3600 can print batch, lot, and date codes as well as other information. It can also print bar codes, text, or graphics on a variety of label materials. MMI Automated Systems, Savanna, IL.
A labeling system can feed labels at speeds up to 40 meters per minute. The Labelstar, driven by a stepper motor, has a head that adjusts itself automatically to conveyor speed. Options include wrap belts and hot-stamp coding. Kalish, DT Industries Packaging Group, Montreal, PQ, Canada.
A pressure-sensitive labeler applies spot, front and back, and full wrap-around labels automatically for any shape container 1 to 14 in. tall and 5/8 to 6 7/8 in. diam. The Model 334 works with almost any label stock, including paper, foil, or film. Standard features include a color touch screen, a stepper motor web feed, product and label sensors, safety guarding, and single-tool changeover. The Model 334 is suited for pharmaceutical manufacturers with multiple labeling needs. NJM/CLI Packaging Systems International, Lebanon, NH.
A thermal-transfer printer line offers two-color or two-sided printing of bar codes, text, and graphics. Printers in the PrintPro Sonic line can work in-line with form-fill-seal baggers to print the information directly on packaging material. The machines offer a precise registration system that holds registration to within 1/16 in. The Sonic Twin 2c offers two-color printing on one side of a web; the Sonic Twin 2s offers two-sided printing. Comstar Printing Solutions, Streetsboro, OH.
A labeling system applies labels to two sides of a carton simultaneously. The Model 9900 Dual Corner Wrap carton labeler applies labels to the front and side or side and trailing panels. Specific label sizes up to 21 in. long can be applied. The labeling heads feature a fully supported dual-bearing drive system, which gives positive dispense of the label without skew. Labeling Systems Inc., Oakland, NJ.
A labeler accommodates a variety of pharmaceutical containers with minimal changeover. The NV-II HS automatic self-adhesive labeling machine changes to work with cylindrical, flat, square, or oval plastic or glass containers measuring 10 to 150 mm. Designed specifically to meet cGMPs for the pharmaceutical industry, the NV-II HS offers options such as hot foil or thermal-transfer printing, missing label detectors, label and product counters, and bar code readers for multiproduct lines. Newman Machinery, Belle Mead, NJ.
Two printers are designed especially for the packaging industry. The PagePlex 24 and PagePlex 32 printers are suited for applications such as data processing, image, label, and bar code printing. They provide high-quality printing on hard-to-handle surfaces, such as vinyl labels, tag stock, card stock, and composite forms. Olympus America Inc., Digital & Imaging Systems Group, Melville, NY.
Variable size text, bar codes, and vivid graphics can be produced with automatic in-line label printer-applicators. Each model in the 5100 series prints at 203- or 300-dpi resolution, and accommodates label sizes from 1 to 6 in. wide and up to 6 in. long. Pressure-sensitive labels are printed, then applied, to the top, side, or bottom of a product or carton by an air-blow or tamp applicator. Weber Marking Systems Inc., Arlington Heights, IL.
A print-and-apply system can place labels on pallets, cases, and cartons at a rate of up to 20 parts per minute, depending on the print engine, label size, and length of the applicator swing arm. The Dual Tamp applicator can apply preprinted or blank labels in a single operation. Labeling configurations are selectable as a leading and adjacent panel application or a following and adjacent panel application. Marprint Inc., White Bear Lake, MN.
Difficult, small, odd-shaped round products can be labeled with a vial, syringe, and ampule labeler. The Model 390 features a stepper-driven roller conveyor with an automatic label applicator. It can label up to 80 products per minute. Options include the Model 310 hot-stamp imprinter for date coding or lot numbering and a print-apply connection kit for thermal-transfer printing of labels. Auto Labe, Fort Pierce, FL.
An accurate, moderate-speed stepper motor–driven labeling system can label a wide range of substrates, including cartons, tray and blister packs, bags, bottles, and cans. The LA/1000 applies labels at line speeds of up to 150 ft/min. Label placement accuracy is ensured by the stepper motor, dancer-arm and brake mechanism, peel blade assembly, web guides, and programmable label edge sensor. Diagraph Corp., St. Louis/Earth City, MO.
Print engines are designed to provide high resolution at low cost. FXTechnology print engines produce a dark, dotless image that meets high standards. The image area is ¾ in. for up to five lines of text. FoxJet Inc., Arlington, TX.
A thermal bar code label printer allows for a broad range of label options, producing 203 dots per inch at 4 in./sec on up to 4-in.-wide labels. Installation of the CLP-1001 is designed to be simple and trouble-free. The printer stores fonts, label formats, and graphics in memory. An optional autocutter and -peeler helps expand productivity by providing for quicker applications. Citizen America Corp., El Segundo, CA.
A printer operates in direct thermal mode and has a thermal-transfer option that can be installed. The Ovation2 thermal bar code label printer has a new microprocessor design, an improved peel mechanism, an adjustable media sensor, and an adjustable ribbon-tension control. A clamshell housing allows for easy drop-in media loading and simplified snap-in ribbon loading. Datamax, Orlando, FL.
An applicator wraps labels on two sides of a box, using a single label. The Corner Wrap label applicator provides a low-cost method of applying large shipping labels such as UCC 128, AIAG, and other compliance label formats. The machine features a maintenance-free design, eliminating the need for additional mechanical and electrical components. B. C. E. Technologies Inc., Tampa, FL.
Designed to create a very accurate print registration, a thermal-transfer in-line printer positions bags and finds the printing area on its own. The AutoLabel Precision printer holds registration accuracy to within 1/16 in. and is designed to provide high print quality and to maximize packaging productivity. The controls contained within the Precision allow it to print while the bagger is running, which leads to printing rates of up to 6 in/sec. Automated Packaging Systems, Streetsboro, OH.
A printer works with intermittent-motion thermoforming, pouch, or blister machines to create high-quality graphics and text on Tyvek, laminates, film, foil, and paper. Platen printers have imprint sizes from 6 x 4 in. to 18 x 18 in. and can produce scannable bar codes. They print text and graphics clearly, even when the characters are extremely small. Adolph Gottscho Inc., Union, NJ.
A pressure-sensitive labeler can apply partial or full wrap labels to almost any container shape or size. The PPM 350 labeling machines have microprocessor control, product database for quick changeover, label position adjustment, missing label detection, and variable speed drive. Optional features include a wrap-around unit for round containers, a bar code reader, and an applicator that can apply up to four labels. GEI PPM, Wayne, PA.
Users can print and apply labels in many directions with a printer applicator designed for high-speed tamp application. The ApplyPro 140Xi Zebra-based printer can produce all bar code symbologies with a resolution from 203 to 300 dpi. Optional features include a T stand for cantilever line integration, low label and ribbon warning, three-light warning beacon tower, and dust cover enclosure. Imtec Inc., Bellows Falls, VT.
A compact programmable thermal-transfer printer places information directly onto package substrates such as film, foil, paper, and chipboard cartons. The EasyPrint Flow is designed to replace hot-stamp and hot-ink coders on horizontal flow wrappers, baggers, and cartoners. High-quality text and bar codes appear on a print area of up to 5.0 x 7.5 in. Bell-Mark Sales Co., Pine Brook, NJ.
A vial and bottle labeler is designed to keep manual operations and size change times to a minimum. Constructed of stainless steel, the Neri RL450 labeler can function in line with other machines or by itself with tray feed and discharge devices. Its variable star wheel can handle diameter sizes between 8 and 32 mm. Options include a hot foil overprint and bar code and overprint control units. Marchesini Packaging, West Caldwell, NJ.