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New print / apply system presented at Ipack-Ima 2018

As is now traditional, ALTECH took part in Ipack Ima 2018, the major processing and packaging technology trade fair held in Milan from 29 May to 1 June. 

Print Apply System

This year’s edition garnered decidedly positive results: the new products on show drew large numbers of visitors, and led to a large number of new contacts. Among the labelling solutions on show, the new range of ALcode labellers was particularly well received.

ALcode is the name which identifies ALtech's range of print-apply systems for self-adhesive labels, which have already met with extensive success in the market. In ALcode systems, the label is printed by a Sato (or compatible) print module, before being applied in real time by a device which takes the label immediately after printing and places it on the product. 

The new model – which represents the natural evolution of the previous model, of which it retains many successful features, like its compactness and reliability – has been equipped with a colour touchscreen display for managing labelling parameters which offers new functions and makes the operator's job even easier.

The new labeller is equipped with a standard 300 mm unwind unit, with a further simplified paper reel, with the possibility to fit a 400 mm unit as an option. This is coupled with a rewinder of increased capacity, allowing for a reduction in interruptions caused by label changes and thus optimisation of packaging/production line times.

The new ALcode can be equipped with the huge range of applicators already developed for the previous model. More specifically, two different applicators were exhibited at the event: The first featured air-jet application of multiformat labels, while the second is a vacuum belt device for real-time printing and high-speed application to moving products. This latter applicator is also innovative, as the new version is powered exclusively by electricity, allowing the use of compressed air and the relative circuit to be eliminated.

The new ALcode version is the result of our extensive experience and research aiming to create a labeller which incorporates precision, ease of use and reliability – things which have always set ALTECH's systems apart.