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Conveyors for Printing and Labelling

Jun 22

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Monday, June 22, 2009 9:42 AM  RssIcon

LAC Conveyors have recently won another contract to supply conveyors to one of the UK's major label applicator machinery suppliers.

Manufacturing conveyors for the printing and labeling industry requires years of experience to ensure product compatibility and consistent print and label application.  The important issues to consider are as follows:
  • Size, shape and weight of product
  • Placement of print of label
  • Speed of movement
  • Ensuring the consistent and accurate placement of product past the print/label head
  • loading and unloading of product
  • Linking of controls between conveyor and print/label head

The most common conveyor type used for this application is a belt conveyor with specially designed and often adjustable side guides.  Some applications even require the use of vacuum beneath the conveyor to either hold the product firmly in place or to hold it down and flat.  It is important to keep the product on a firm base and for this reason we often use MDF skids, where the application allows, as we can ensure these are flat, consistent and true.  Triggering of the print/label head is also critical, either using an electronic or mechanical trigger can be used but both these need careful consideration on placement and mounting.

Every application is different and requires careful consideration, our team of designers fully understand the difficulties and pitfalls and have ensured many successful solutions.