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Epson Robot Used in IPSi’s Automated Print-and-Apply Labeling Solution

IPSi incorporated Epson ColorWorks with industrial robot to create a one-to-one automated color labeling system.


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Epson’s reseller partner, Integrated Productivity Systems (IPSi), created an automated print-and-apply labeling solution. Leveraging Epson’s ColorWorks® on-demand color label printer and its VT6L 6-Axis robot, IPSi is helping businesses add efficiency and cost savings to operations with an innovative, flexible system for printing high-quality color labels and applying them next-label out. Watch a video of the solution.

Focused on helping small- to mid-size manufacturers and distributors who do not have the expertise or resources to design, develop and quickly implement process improvements in their operations, IPSi saw an opportunity to combine the high-quality labels of the ColorWorks printer with an Epson 6-Axis robot to bring color and automation to businesses. Bringing on JM Automation Services, a full-service integrator and manufacturer of custom automated machinery, IPSi developed a state-of-the-art, robotic print-and-apply system for streamlining the process of getting products packaged and labeled as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“Businesses need to print high-quality color labels on demand – which is especially important for personalization, one-on-one marketing and serialization where every label needs to be different,” said Rick Schilling, president, IPSi. “The ability to integrate the Epson ColorWorks label printer with an Epson 6-axis robot allows us to address the most challenging applications for printing and applying color labels to all types of containers.”

The ColorWorks CW-C6000P and CW-C6500P deliver on-demand, color labels from 1 in. to 4 in. and 1 in. to 8 in in width, respectively, with a peel-and-present option. The industrial strength label printers come standard with Applicator I/O control ports for automated label application and the ability to integrate with other automated systems. Coupled with the 6-axis robot’s end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), the combined solution offers businesses limitless possibilities for printing and applying color labels to flat containers, round containers and everything in between.

“An on-demand color label solution makes so much sense for businesses finding themselves in situations where they need a unique label for every container,” said Andy Scherz, senior product manager, Commercial Labels, Epson America, Inc. “IPSi created a unique solution that demonstrates the power of automation for full-color print-and-apply labeling for industrial manufacturing environments.”

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