Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Coding and Labeling
Ink-Jet Case Coding
A manufacturer of ink-jet marking and coding systems offers three coding machines for printing high-resolution graphics on cases and trays. The I-Mark SX-7 for one-line printing and the SX-16 for two-line printing are designed for water-based alphanumeric marking on porous materials such as corrugated cardboard. The manufacturer’s high-resolution IP 7000 ink-jet system is designed for printing text, logos, graphics, and bar codes on one or two sides of cartons and trays. It can print characters and graphics as large as 3.94 in. Matthews Marking Products, Pittsburgh, PA; 412/665-2488; www.matthewsmarking.com.
Printer and Coder
A printer and coder machine offers both intermittent and continuous operation in one unit. The EasyPrint Duo thermal-transfer printer and coder is designed to offer dual-motion capability and an easy-to-change clutchless ribbon cassette for reliability. It provides variable-data printing and coding directly onto substrates such as film, foil, and Tyvek. The machine can be configured with a touch screen interface. The manufacturer also offers compatible label-design software. Bell-Mark Corp., Pine Brook, NJ; 973/ 882-0202; www.bell-mark.com.
A cartoner features integrated laser and ink-jet coding systems. The P1600 cartoner is designed specifically for medium lot sizes. It can package blisters, sachets, vials, and inhalers. The cartoner can be integrated with a blister machine or used as a stand-alone horizontal system. The intermittent-motion machine can output up to 150 cartons per minute. It also features hot-melt and tuck-in-flap sealing systems. MediSeal GmbH, Schloss-Holte, Germany; +49 52078880; www.mediseal.de; MediSeal is a division of Körber Medipak, Clearwater, FL; 727/538-4644; www.koerber-medipak.com.
Printer-Applicator for Odd Shapes
An all-electric system can print and apply bar code and RFID-enabled labels. Because no pneumatic lines are required, the system offers reduced installation costs. With a variable-height detection feature reaching up to 30 in., the ApplyPro OEM can label packages at almost any angle, even those with odd shapes. The system locates the product height, applies the label, and returns to its original position. It can incorporate any brand of modular print engine. Precision Contract Manufacturing Image-Tek, Springfield, VT; 802/885-6208; www.image-tk.com/products.html.
A printer-applicator couples a high-performance print engine with a specially engineered articulating ap- plicator for in-line pallet labeling. Model 5100 Dual-Label pallet system features a selection of 203- or 300-dpi print engines to handle labels up to 6.5 in. wide × 8 in. long. As a label is printed, it is automatically peeled from its liner and retained by vacuum on the unit’s applicator pad, which is mounted on a pneumatically operated swing-arm that reaches across the leading side of a pallet as it approaches the labeler via conveyor. A sensor on the swing-arm detects the presence of the pallet, and the label is gently blown onto its side. The swing-arm then retracts to collect a second printed label and then, through an articulated stroke, applies that label to the adjacent side of the pallet to complete the cycle. The system uses the firm’s Legitronic software for label formatting, editing, and printing. Weber Marking Systems, Arlington Heights, IL; 800/843-4242; www.webermarking.com.
RFID Case Tagger
A case labeling system encodes, verifies, and applies RFID tags at speeds up to 50 cases or cartons per minute. Model 400 uses rolls of labels that are oriented head-to-toe rather than the traditional side-to-side orientation. By configuring the system this way, the shorter side of the label—the height—is fed to the tamp pad to maximize the speed of the system, while the system applies the label to the case or carton in the correct orientation with the length of the label across the case. Such a configuration also improves ergonomics, because the label roll is on the vertical plane and lower to the ground. The system integrates a Zebra RFID printer and verification scanner to automatically remove bad tags or labels prior to application. NJM/CLI, Lebanon, NH; 603/448-0300; www.njmcli.com.
Pressure-Sensitive Label System
A modular labeling system applies panel and wrap labels on bottles of almost any shape and type. Developed with few change parts, the Labelmatixx AC-420 Pharma can be adjusted by an operator within a few minutes, suiting it for production environments with a wide range of products. It can reach speeds exceeding 300 bottles per minute with front and back applications. PLC controlled, the AC-420 Pharma offers recipe management and automatic speed synchronization between label applicators and the conveyor and wrap belt to facilitate faster setup. A swivel-mounted color touch screen displays machine status at all times. Automatixx Technologies, Terrasse-Vaudreuil, QC, Canada; 514/425-0010; www.automatixx.com.
Various nose modules for a labeling system allow operators to switch between air blow, tamp, or merge label applications. The 360a series labeler can also be converted from right-hand to left-hand label dispensing with no part changes. Fast changeover is supported by preprogrammed label formats and menu-driven touch screen interactivity. Digital controls ensure tight label-placement tolerance at speeds of up to 3000 in. per minute. Operators control processes using a color touch screen. CTM Labeling Systems, Salem, OH; 330/332-1800; visit www.ctmlabelingsystems.com.