High-Speed labelers & coders
Equipment applies labels and prints codes to track, trace, and identify products.
Wrap Labeling System
A high-speed pharmaceutical-grade labeling system is designed specifically for the exacting needs of pharmaceutical companies. The system features a vision system, Allen-Bradley PLC, color touch screen operator interface, and a full validation package. The system is capable of labeling up to 400 ppm and can also accommodate a wide variety of round products (10 to 250 ml) as well as tapered products. The system is all stainless-steel construction and includes a sanitary-style conveyor, closed-loop servo label drive, vacuum liner take away, and an R220 remote unwind, which allows on-the-fly roll changes. The Markem 3i printer prints a date and lot number on each label. The vision system inspects for printer accuracy as well as labeling accuracy and skew. Quadrel Labeling Systems, Mentor, OH; 800/321-8509; www.quadrel.com.
Print and Apply Labeling Systems
Print and apply labeling systems can be integrated with any of the major brands of print engines, such as Sato, Zebra, and Datamax, and their high-quality 203-, 300-, or 600-dpi print heads. Hot-stamp or ink-jet coding systems can also be integrated. The labeling head may be configured for a wide variety of applications, including tamp apply, blow-on, tamp/blow, swing tamp, multipanel tamp including corner wrap labeling, and the unique cage style, which enables long, narrow labels to be applied directly to the side of a product. Griffin-Rutgers Co., Ronkonkoma, NY; 631/981-4141; www.griffin-rutgers.com.
A coding system can print up to two lines in a variety of print formats, which include logos, automatic serial numbering/batch coding, and real-time clocks. According to the company, it provides the only sealed-nozzle technology on the market, ensuring clean, dependable start-up, even after extended periods of shutdown. The rugged cabinet is constructed in 304- grade stainless steel suitable for use in a wide range of general manufacturing environments. An easy-to-operate, easy-to-read backlit display with a big- button keyboard provides access to intuitive control and data entry software. The most commonly used functions are made accessible using topic keys. The color coding and sealed container design make sure that the right fluids are filled without spills. Domino Amjet Inc., Gurnee, IL; 847/244-2501; www.domino-printing.com.
H-Series Thermal-Transfer Printers
A company introduces its H-426 and H-434 series of thermal-transfer label printers, suited for high-volume printing. These all-metal printers are available in 203 or 300 dpi. The printers feature a full backlit LCD and standard real-time clock. They use ink-in or ink-out ribbons and have a 450-m capacity. Serial, parallel, PS/2, and USB interfaces are standard. A stripper sensor is included for strip-and-peel or tear-off applications. H-series printers also contain internal memory for storing downloaded label formats, graphics, and fonts. Using this memory, the printers can be operated without being connected to a computer. Along with all of these standard features, the systems also ship with a free version of the companyï¿½s Easylabel Start software for custom designing and printing bar code labels. Tharo Systems Inc., Brunswick, OH; 330/273-4408; www.tharo.com.