Labelers Identify, Describe, and Track Products

Labelers enable packagers to keep printing operations in-house.

Fast, accurate labelers and coders have allowed many packagers to bring some or all of their printing operations in-house. This eliminates the need to buy preprinted rollstock, which can be costly, and allows changes to text, bar codes, and logos to be made easily and immediately. The variety of printers available means that each packager can find the system or systems that will meet their product labeling needs.

A continuous-motion flexographic imprinter eliminates costly preprinted web stocks and their inventory. The Gotavure can print crisp, clear graphics, both large and small, as well as scannable bar codes at speeds up to 500 ft/min on continuous-motion webs. The unit can print on all types of film, foil, and paper. Adolph Gottscho Inc., Union, NJ.


A multipurpose ink-jet printer reduces solvent usage. The programmable alpha Jet system is designed for continuous in-line coding. Solvent usage with the alpha Jet is as little as 40 ml per shift. No emissions are released during printing. Griffin-Rutgers Corp., Ronkonkoma, NY.


For multilane packagers with diverse packaging printing needs, a company offers traversing ink-jet printing systems. Both the GB-602 and GB-642 retrofit to all horizontal form-fill-seal machines and can apply to almost any substrate. The programmable systems can print up to four lines of type with a single printhead. Greydon Inc.,York, PA.


A laser printer allows packagers to print lid stock in-line. The CSAT printer can create text, data, and bar codes. Any changes can be made immediately in-house, eliminating the need to wait for revised printed rollstock. Key International Inc., Englishtown, NJ.


A software package is designed for bar code labeling and product identification. The Easylabel 32 is a 32-bit package featuring advanced database functions and support for ActiveX controls for a wide range of functions. The Easylabel 32 provides thumbnail previews for formats, fonts, and pictures to create labels easily. Tharo Systems Inc., Brunswick, OH.


A small-character ink-jet printer can withstand the harsh conditions of high-pressure, washdown environments. The 470Si continuous ink-jet printer is safe for use in wet and dusty environments. It is designed to be fast and can code up to 2000 units per minute with eight characters per inch. The unit's smooth umbilical is available in 3-m or 6-m lengths. Willett, Fort Worth, TX.


Pressure-sensitive labeling systems are designed to apply labels to the front, side, back, top, underside, or corner of a glass, plastic, paperboard, or metal container. The LabelStar models have a variety of capabilities and speeds, the fastest working at 500 bottles per minute. Capmatic Ltd., Montreal-Nord, QC, Canada.


A variety of pharmaceutical containers can be accommodated with minimal changeover with a self-adhesive labeling machine. The NV-II HS changes to accommodate cylindrical, flat, square, or oval plastic or glass containers measuring 100–150 mm with minimal change parts. The labeler features independent variable speed controls for product conveying and label application. Newman Machinery, Belle Mead, NJ.


Rates up to 6 in./sec can be achieved with an affordable, fast printer. The XL printer is available as a direct-thermal or thermal-transfer printer. Its standard features are a 32-bit microprocessor, 38.4K serial communication, and a peel-and-present feature. Options include an external rewinder and a 512K memory expansion that allows a maximum print length of 99 in. Fernqvist Labeling Solutions, Mountain View, CA.


A pressure-sensitive labeler offers accurate label placement and versatile production capabilities. The PPM 350D AB labeler is available with Allen Bradley PLC and Model 550 Panelview interface. The PLC can be reprogrammed on-site to perform labeling functions. GEI Mateer Burt, Exton, PA.


A company that offers printers and labelers provides a wide variety of machines to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. The company designs, manufactures, and sells high-performance bar code labels and labeling systems. In addition, it produces label consumables such as laminates, labels, and thermal ribbons. Imtec Inc., Bellows Falls, VT.

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