Headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota, Primera Technology, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of specialty printing equipment including the LX-Series Color Label Printers, AP-Series Label Applicators, LP130 Laser Marking System, the CX1200 Color Label Press and the FX1200 Digital Finishing System. Primera distributes its products in more than 222 countries with service and support for North America, Latin America and South America from Plymouth, Minnesota. EMEA customers are serviced and supported from Wiesbaden, Germany through Primera Europe. Primera Asia Pacific, located in Hong Kong, serves customers in Asia Pacific.
Recently, I sat down with Katherine Lee, Sales Representative, for Primera to learn more about their label applicators; the AP360/AP362 for cylindrical containers and the AP550 for flat surfaces. If you are applying labels manually to either types of containers or flat packages, the number one way you can increase productivity is to move to semi-automatic labeling. According to Katherine, “With the AP 360, you can apply up to 1000 labels per hour onto bottles; all in the exact same location. With the AP550, you can insure your labels are applied in the same position, smoothly (with no wrinkles) on flat surfaces quickly and easily.”
With the AP360/AP362, the only slightly complicated part of setting up the applicator is threading the leading edge of the labels in the applicator. Katherine says, “both applicators have a diagram on the side on how to thread the labels”
“In addition, you need to set the thumbscrews/guides to set the location of the label on the bottle” says Katherine.
Continuing, Katherine says “you need to make sure the label/gap sensor is touching the label.”
With the mode function, you can set the applicator to apply 1 or 2 labels, even setting the distance between labels.
To see Katherine apply a label to a wine bottle, watch this video.
If you want to see the official AP360 video....
One of the questions I get frequently is applying labels to small bottles; especially given the increase in the e-cigarette market. When applying labels to smaller bottles, Katherine says, “you need to keep the arm pushed down; forcing you to almost insert the bottle between the arm and the rollers. As small bottles are light in weight, the arm holds them in place to insure the labels are applied correctly.
“Again, you can use the AP360/AP362 applicators on any container you can roll. If the container rolls crooked, the AP360/AP362 will apply the label incorrectly” says Katherine.
For flat surfaces the AP550 works well. Take a look at Katherine applying labels:
If you want to see the official AP550 video....
From my perspective, consistent label application is the biggest benefit of the flat surface applicator. No way can you apply a label in the same position every time manually.
If you need to increase your productivity on printing and APPLYING color labels on-demand, we can help. Contact us to learn more about these semi-automatic label applicators.