Q&A with CTM Labeling Systems

Which applications are most suitable for print and apply labeling systems?

Applications that require variable data to be printed on each label is the focus of printer applicators (LPA’s).  Some common applications include date codes and lot numbers. Pre-printed labelers that require no variable data can use a standard labeler such as the CTM 360a Model Y.

What are the primary system capabilities to consider when selecting print and apply labeling technology?

Some System capabilities to consider when selecting a print and apply labeling system include: Speed of the line, location of the label being applied, desired print quality, print speed, flexibility in print information.  Are the products variable in height or presented in an ununiform manner to the labeler?

What needs to be considered when integrating print and apply labeling equipment with existing equipment and software?

Things to consider when integrating print and apply labeling equipment would be system product control when labeled, pitch distance between products, line speed, product size ranges on the line, data latency concerns, label sizes, ease of set up, maintenance and operation for staff on the existing line.

What are the primary labeling challenges addressed by print and apply systems?

Print speed, line speed, label software being used, batch runs of variable sized products and label print quality when printing.

How do print and apply labeling systems enable businesses to comply with evolving industry standards and regulations?

Print and apply labeling systems enable companies with the ease of traceability, internal sortation for quicker shipping, inventory management, inbound and outbound warehouse tracking and flexibility in being able to apply information, barcodes, and specific graphics.

Do e-commerce or direct-to-consumer applications require specific labeling technology?

Specific labeling requirements are driven by the application on each line being installed.  Higher speeds may require servo technology to apply the labels and slow applications may only require pneumatic tamps to apply the label.  The needed location of the label(s) on the product will also dictate the style of printer applicator that will be needed.  Speed is then factored into deciphering the labeling technology that is required.

How can labeling systems enable fulfillment centers to meet Amazon labeling requirements?

Amazon’s fulfillment centers demand that the labeling technology keep up with their line speeds.  With the greater need for faster product labeling CTM has advanced their servo technology to keep pace with the high-speed labeling demands set by Amazon.

What types of maintenance and technical support are important for print and apply labeling systems?

Most of the maintenance for printer applicators is focused on the Sato or Zebra print engines.  These engines print the actual variable data to the label before it is applied.  Proper print engine maintenance ensures that the label print quality is acceptable over time so that any downstream scanning needed can be completed.  This will also minimize costly rework caused by poor print quality.  Other maintenance for print and apply systems would include keeping the print area clean and removing any residue, adhesive, paper dust and dirt as needed.


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