Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor -- Packaging Digest, 7/2/2013 7:25:28 AM
The new AP550 Flat-Surface Label Applicator is a semi-automatic label applicator that makes it fast and easy to precisely apply product and identification labels onto a wide range of flat surfaces such as rectangular or tapered bottles, boxes, packages, bags, pouches, lids, tins and much more. Labels are applied straight, without wrinkles or folds, in exactly the location desired on every package. This gives finished products a highly professional look and significantly increases the number of containers that can be labeled per hour versus manually applying labels.
Operation is simple: place the container in the mechanism and pull the arm towards the container. Variable spacing, memory for up to nine jobs, and a counter with built-in LED display are all included. No air-pressure supply is required which can be a significant advantage over other label applicators that require expensive, noisy and maintenance-prone air compressors.
AP550 is the perfect accessory for labels produced by the company's popular LX- and CX-Series color label printers and digital label presses. Together, they provide a complete print-and-apply solution that's ideal for a wide range of manufacturers and distributors. Roll or fan-fed labels printed by other methods such as flexographic, offset and thermal transfer can also be applied with the applicator. For round containers such as bottles, cans and jars, Primera also offers its popular AP360 and AP362 Label Applicators.
AP550 is priced at $2,495 (MSRP) in the USA and Canada. It will be available in early August 2013 from Primera's Authorized Resellers and Distributors worldwide. Prices will vary in regions outside of North America.