Recently, I had the opportunity to see my first integration of an on-demand color label printer with an applicator integrated into a filling line; and this experience was both interesting and exciting.
|C7500 With Color Printer Loose Loop Integration Kit|
Let me tell you more about our partners and what they are doing with the C7500.
I first contacted Jack Roe, Vice President and General Manager of ID Technology, years ago when this project started. At the time, Jack said, “we have integrated already a Kiaro printer using a serial connection. Therefore, integrating a printer with an I/O port should be easier”. Prior to restarting this project, I sent Jack the information on the I/O port. Contact me if you want to integrate the C7500 using the GPIO port.
|Jack Roe with Model 9140 Applicator|
One issue, however, exists with integrating the C7500 with an applicator. The printer backs up about 12” every time it starts to print. At the time, I sent Jack two video’s of an early attempt to integrate an applicator with a C7500:
Moving to the current integration, Jack showed me what they have built; a loose-loop system that uses sensors to monitor the status of the printer and labels:
|Sensors Monitor Loose-Loop System|
According to Jack, “We built 3 sensors into the loose-loop system. The lowest sensor monitors the loose loop; to stop the printer when enough labels have been printed. The middle sensor tells the printer to produce more labels. The top sensor (shown above), signals out-of-labels and stops the applicator until more are available. This loose-loop system enables the integration of the C7500 printer with the label applicator.”
For the applicator, Jack says, “Our color printer loose loop integration kit is designed to add color printing to any of our applicators. For this application we chose our Model 9140 three point wrap labeler to wrap labels around gallon bottles. The Model 9140 is designed to align the label with a feature on the product. In this case we’re aligning the label position with the bottle handle.
Second, Cozzoli Machine Company, https://www.cozzoli.com/, integrated the applicator into their filling and capping system.
|Cozzoli Filling/Capping System|
For over a century, Cozzoli has provided technologically advanced machinery for the bottling and packaging industry. Quality craftsmanship has always been the cornerstone of our foundation and we are dedicated to continuing that tradition of excellence.
According to Dennis Martin, Regional Sales Manager for Cozzoli, “we’re building a filling, capping and labeling line for our mutual customer. This complete line features a 10-Head, In-line fill to level, machine that feeds directly into the Versacapping machine. The combination of machines for this specific application can fill and cap gallon sized containers at speeds of 20 per minute.
Due to the nature of the product being filled, both the filling and capping machines are manufactured to be explosion proof, meeting Nema 7 standards. After being filled, the bottles will then pass through into another room, via conveyer, where they will be labeled and packaged.”
|Cozzoli's Dennis Martin With C7500|
By integrating the C7500 with the filling, capping and labeling line, our customer can print on-demand labels and immediately apply them to their containers. It’s a great solution that many companies, especially chemical firms can use in their production facilities.
Color Label Solutions along with our partners ID Technology and Cozzoli can build a custom filling, capping and labeling lines using on-demand color label printers. Contact me if we can help you move forward with this exciting, new capability.