In this year’s show, I saw a few new products/solutions that seemed unique. Let’s see if you find them of interest as well.
First, I saw the first and only available GHS drum label printer/applicator; from CAB the Hermes C:
|Hermes C Applicator|
To learn more about his applicator: https://www.cab.de/en/marking/print-apply/hermesc/
In the pictures above, the CAB Hermes C applicator is configured for side container application. Watch it print and apply here:
(FYI: if the application seems slow, it’s a conveyor issue. The printer runs much faster).
And the finished product on a pail:
According to the Sales Manager at CAB, “the Hermes C with the two-tone X-Series printer is the only solution available to print and apply GHS labels. We have customers using this applicator for paint cans and box application solutions.” I believe this new solution is needed in the market. If you need it, contact us to learn more.
In addition to the new CAB printer/applicator, Kanematsu showed their new 2” color label printer.
|Swiftcolor 2" Label Printer|
Prints beautiful for sure. However, the list price is $4,000 and requires 4 different printheads. To change a printhead, you need to dismantle the printer, drain the ink out of the printhead, change 1 or 4 printheads, and then reassemble. Seems difficult to me. QLS sells the same printer in the 2” version; and the similar 4” and 8” versions. Here is the video showing how to replace the printhead in the 4” version:
What do you think of the change process? Let me know your feedback.
In addition to new printers, I saw two affordable label applicators that should fit several of my customers. Labelmate was showing their manual Bottlemate, a manual applicator for bottles.
See it operate here: http://labelmateusa.com/portfolio-items/manual-bottlemate-712m-video/
This applicator is affordable and easy to use. Great if you want your labels applied in the same place every time.
And Dispense-matic showed their Flex-Matic flat package applicator; for applying labels to sleeves and other packages thinner than .25”.
I saw it operate; but forgot to take a video. Works great on sleeves. Learn more here:
Lastly, I watched DPR run their Scorpio + Label Finisher:
The Scorpio seems to be the least expensive finisher at under $24,000. Plus Scorpio seems the simplest finisher as well; with 3 independent sections (lamination, die-cutting, and slitting). With few moving parts, the finisher has few places where break-fix or maintenance is required. This design should make the Scorpio finisher more reliable in operation.
Watch my video here:
And learn about it here: http://www.scorpio-plus.com/EN/
Overall, I found Pack Expo 2015 a success for Color Label Solutions, meeting a lot of new people and seeing a few new and interesting products/solutions. Contact us if we can help you with any of the items featured here; or that you saw yourself at Pack Expo.