The PNP-1 (Pick n Place) system allows empty pouches and bags to be labeled at up to 60 units a minute. Manufactured by HSAUSA LLC and distributed by Dartronics, the unit handles pouches and zippered bags with suction cups, feeding them through printer/labeler systems of the end user’s choice.
Pouches can be fed vertically from a stand-up magazine or horizontally from a hopper that can hold product up to 18x18 inches in size, in stacks up to 4 inches high. An integrated labeler or printer/labeler applies the label to the pouches as they pass through the machine. Single or front-and-back labels can be applied.
A wheel drives product into a catch-bin hopper after labeling. A digital vacuum sensor detects when the suction cups are handling a bag and attempts to pick it up again if it’s dropped. The programmable logic controller can switch among multiple product recipes with a touchscreen interface.
The PNP-1 is suitable for smaller-scale packagers of food and other consumer goods who need versatility in labeling but can’t invest in lines dedicated to specific products/stock-keeping units (SKUs). It also allows coding for lot numbers, dates and other metrics.
One end user is a medical device vendor that uses the PNP-1 to label and code pouches that will package kits of devices to be used together. The system can also incorporate devices that verify label and coding accuracy.