Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) will launch two new features for its advanced Vulcan print and apply labeller at this year’s PPMA Show, which enable the machine to apply labels to the front of a moving pack, or across adjacent panels of a case or shrink wrapped product to allow information to be seen in various orientations.
In addition, visitors to the exhibition are being invited to pre-register in order to receive a special personalised gift, which will be printed with their name during their visit.
The new application features further extend the capabilities of the Vulcan. The Corner Wrap system applies the label to the trailing corner of the pack, using the Direct Apply printing method which is unique to the Vulcan. The system incorporates a simple, secondary pneumatic roller wipe to ensure full adhesion of the label around the corner and side of the product. For front of pack applications, the system uses a robust, pneumatically-controlled arm applicator.
Both systems incorporate integrated pack detection and applicator home/extended sensor functionality to ensure accurate label placement every time. ICE says throughput speeds are faster than typical front of pack and corner wrap machines.
The new models retain the many unique technological benefits of the Vulcan, including 80% fewer wear parts for reduced maintenance requirements, electronic label supply that automatically adjusts and maintains tension, and clutchless thermal transfer ribbon drive. A compact design and small footprint means the machine can fit easily into existing packing lines.
ICE will also be showing its recently launched Scorpion Thermal Inkjet Printer. The Scorpion has a unique printhead design which incorporates a novel Cartridge Protection System. This innovation reduces the uncapped time of the cartridge, allowing the use of inks suitable for non-porous substrates without loss of reliability or print quality.
Also on display will be other models from the ICE portfolio, demonstrating the company’s ability to tailor a coding solution to the requirements of individual customers. These include the market-leading Zodiac thermal transfer printer, Viper thermal inkjet printer and Torus large character marking printer.