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Article | August 10, 2012
NJM Packaging : Pressure-sensitive labeler
Designed for solid dose pharmaceuticals, NJM Packaging’s new Model 426 Autocolt high-speed in-line pressure-sensitive labeler labels square, rectangular, and round bottles at speeds up to 300 containers/min.
The 426 handles containers from 1- to 9-in. (25 to 228 mm) high and from 1- to 5-in. (25 to 127 mm) in diameter. Changing over the labeler to handle a new container size and shape and achieve a new label configuration takes less than 25 minutes, with no tools required. This labeler easily accommodates RFID tagging and is ready for integration with track-and-trace serialization systems. Ethernet connectivity enables the labeler to communicate with external line monitoring systems. The stand-alone electrical box provides easy access for maintenance and minimizes the footprint of the machine. The compact 426 accomplishes multiple labeling and outserting tasks within a space only 21-ft. long and 11-ft. wide. To help achieve high line speeds, an all-new servo free loop vacuum box system allows continuous motion thermal transfer printing to sync with the intermittent label application function. Featuring Rockwell Automation Kinetix servos and a Rockwell Automation ControlLogix PLC, all motion control for the main operations are provided by servo technology. Wrap and panel labels are applied within a tolerance of +/- 1 mm and outserts are placed within a +/- 1.5 mm tolerance. A dual-roll unwind label feeder with splicing capability enables quick roll changes. A Rockwell Automation PanelView Plus color touchscreen eases operation while four levels of password-protected access help maintain optimal performance. A fully-enclosed heavy-duty stainless steel frame and protective guarding keeps workers safe.
The 426 labeler applies wraparound or three panel labels and optional side- and/or top-serts, and provides accuracy and the ability to handle multiple labeling and outserting tasks on one compact platform.Using the new servo Oscillating Pressure Station (OPS), the 426 Autocolt applies three panel labels plus a side-sert at higher speeds than traditional in-line pressure sensitive labelers, which allows it to compete with rotary labelers. Compared to complex rotary labelers, the in-line 426 Autocolt offers faster changeovers with fewer change parts, along with a much smaller footprint and lower capital cost, according to the company. The 426 Autocolt can be equipped with a wide variety of options including glue side-sert and/or top-sert applicators, continuous thermal transfer printing from Videojet Technologies and OCV/OCR vision inspection from Optel Vision.
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