Videojet has launched its Corner Wrap applicator for its 9550 Print and Apply Labelling system. This applicator option provides substantial improvements in production throughput for applications that require labelling on two sides of the case so it can be seen from multiple orientations. “The 9550 Corner Wrap system prints the information on one continuous label and in a single process applies it to the two adjacent panels of a case, replacing two conventional applicators while ensuring that the information on both sides of the package is synched,” says Bob Neagle, business unit manager for Videojet. “The new applicator also follows in the path of previous 9550 series applicators by eliminating most of the causes of failures, adjustments and maintenance in conventional applicators.”
The conventional approach to two-sided labelling uses two labellers to apply two different labels with duplicate information. These label printer applicator (LPA) machines use either blow applicators or telescopic tamp applicators to apply printed labels to packs. Both of these methods rely on the accurate and timely placement of the label from the print engine onto an applicator pad. When this mechanical process fails, the result is missing or wrinkled labels and sometimes damage to equipment. For example, a mis-timed tamp applicator stroke can result in a collision with an advancing pack and can damage the applicator.
Conversely, the 9550 Corner Wrap system uses Videojet patented Direct Apply labelling technology to affix the side section of a label. Next, a single pneumatic stroke of a wipe roller wraps the label onto the back of the case. This simple design eliminates the swing arm that is typically used for corner wrap labelling and can often be a point of failure. Additionally, the 9550 method reduces wear and tear, as its applicator rolls across the back of the case as opposed to the front of the case where the case can directly impact the applicator arm.
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