New print and apply labeling system with Intelligent Motion™ technology delivers what no other labeler can

2 September 2014
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Innovatively designed, Videojet®9550 LPA system increases reliability, efficiency and productivity for outer case and bundle packaging

Chicago, Illinois –2014– As manufacturers implement lean practices, operations teams are focused on high value tasks with limited time tofocus on end-of-line labeling systems that require mechanical adjustments and frequent intervention.  Responding to these needs, Videojet Technologies, a global leader in coding, marking and printing solutions, has taken an innovative approach to Print & Apply labeling LPA design with the Videojet 9550 to address, and fix, the common causes of lost productivity. This new design removes the mechanisms that frequently cause everyday operational problems, such as label jams and routinemanual adjustments.  Ondrej Kruk, global business unit manager at Videojet adds “The 9550 with Direct Apply places the label onto the pack without the need for a tamp or air blast applicator, achievingthroughput of up to 150 packs per minute fortypical 4” x 6” GS1 barcode labels.  This means it never misses a label, even after line build-backs,.”By incorporating Intelligent Motion™ technology, the entire system is precisely and electronically controlled,targetingzero unscheduled downtime on production lines.

“Customer feedback about lost production timemade it clear there was a need for advancedlabeling technologyto improve operating performance. In response, we designed the new Videojet 9550 LPA systemincorporating Intelligent Motion™ technology,” said Steve Buckby, vice president of Innovationat Videojet Technologies. “Intelligent Motion™ technology enables all the design elements of the machine to be automatically controlled with precision,allowing us to simply takeout the parts and adjustments that make most other labelling machines fail.”

Manual adjustments are one of the main causes of daily operational problems, resulting in costly downtime and production loss. The direct drive system, withIntelligent Motion™ technology, feeds andplaces labels accurately even at high line speedswithout the use ofmanual adjustments,clutches or nip rollers. No adjustments means that only two operator touches are now required to manage job selection and web changeover,complemented by a collapsible mandrel to ensure quick label changes. The Direct Drive system withIntelligent Motion™ technology, unlike conventional print & apply labelers, controls the entire label pathensuring web tension is maintained from start to finish, irrespective of speed or label size.

The unique ability of the new Videojet 9550 Direct Apply system, removesthe need for complex applicatorsfor mainstream top or side label applications, reducing the number of labels being incorrectly applied or mangled during application. Requiring no factory air,the new systemis the only solution to print and directly apply labels tocases and trays at high speed.The 9550’s print enginealso incorporatesIntelligent Motion™technology for precise ribbon feed and printhead control, ensuring optimum print quality and improvedperformance. Through use of a clutch-less ribbon drive, the 9550 substantially reduces ribbon waste and improves printhead life.

The trendstoward increasing retailer and regulatoryrequirementsand increasing SKU complexity is a main concern for manufacturers seeking to safeguard their operations from costly labeling errors.In order to help manufacturers improve quality and adhere to applicable standards,the 9550 comes equipped with the Videojetindustry-leading CLARiTYtouch screen interfacewhich includes intuitive job selection, comprehensive feedback and diagnostics to minimize human error. This single, easy-to-use interface provides manufacturers with built-in Code Assurance solutions that focus on getting the right label on the right case, time after time.

Kruk commented “With virtually zero unscheduled downtime and the highly-reliable Direct Apply label placement, we can finally give customers what no other labeler has been able to provide for the past 20 years.  The application of Intelligent Motion™ technology to eliminate the mechanical adjustments used in everyday operation reduces manufacturers’ hidden costs and drives productivity gains.”

For more information about the Videojet 9550 LPA system, call 0870 242 1759 or visit www.videojet.co.uk.