NJM: 403 Final Touch Print-and-Apply Labeler

For product manufacturers and contract packers handling foods, beverages, cosmetics, personal care products, household chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and more.

NJM, a ProMach brand, introduces the Model 403 Final Touch™ Print & Apply Labeler at Healthcare Packaging EXPO, Booth W-703. The 403 features a modular design, flexible PLC controls and a variety of optional label applicator tools to maximize production versatility and ease use when labeling cases and shrink-wrapped bundles.

Model 403 is an updated version of the company’s 402, offering a wider variety of options to expand its functionality while keeping the original system’s heavy-duty construction.

The Model 403 Final Touch Print & Apply Labeler is ideal for product manufacturers and contract packers handling foods, beverages, cosmetics, personal care products, household chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and more.

The 403 can apply side labels, top labels, corner-wrap labels and two-panel labels with a variety of optional tamp or wipe-on applicators. Featuring a new swiveling yoke option, the labeler can be flipped from vertical to horizontal orientation to quickly changeover between top and side labeling configurations.

The 403 Final Touch applies labels from 1 to 4.25 in. (25 to 108 mm) high and 2 to 12 in. (51 to 305 mm) wide. A Zebra ZE500 thermal-transfer printer achieves 203-dpi resolution and offers an option for 300 dpi. Depending on the application, the 403 is capable of labeling secondary packages at speeds of up to 60 ppm.

The standard Model 403 is equipped with an updated Allen Bradley PLC and 4.3-in. (109-mm) PanelView PLUS 7 color touchscreen, with an option for a 5.7-in. (145-mm) HMI. The flexible PLC allows for additional inputs and outputs for different inspection systems and other extra controls.

For pharmaceuticals, NJM can design the 403 to facilitate serialization and aggregation. The Ethernet port on the ZE500 printer can be connected to a plant-wide network and/or cloud-based communication system, enabling the labeler to send and receive track-and-trace data and print serialized 2D barcodes and more. It can be integrated with an optional vision system to inspect the printed labels and an optional reject device to automatically remove cases/bundles with faulty labels from the line.

The 403 Print & Apply Labeler features heavy-duty components and construction, including a powder-coated floor base and aluminum vertical column mount, that maximize durability. Off-the-shelf electronics ease maintenance and help ensure long equipment life. Requiring only 40 in. (100 cm) of line space, the 403 can be installed over an existing conveyor or supplied with a new conveyor, as needed. An optional top hold-down roller provides additional package stability for superior labeling accuracy.

Designed for easy use, the labeler accommodates a 14-in. (35-cm) OD label roll to reduce the frequency of operator intervention, while the low label detector sends a prompt in advance to replace the label roll. The rewind spindle features a split shaft, enabling half the spindle to be separated for easy removal of the label backing. The product sensors have quick-disconnect plugs that can be replaced without rewiring. Operator-adjustable pneumatic regulator controls include a low air pressure switch that sends an alert if the air pressure drops. When equipped with the optional swiveling yoke, the labeler eases access to the backside for improved ergonomics during maintenance.

With recipe-controlled electronic adjustments, the 403 can be changed over to handle a new package and label size and configuration in less than 5 minutes with no tools required.

NJM offers a “total solution” approach that includes full IQ/OQ validation support and turnkey line integration services to combine best-in-class technologies. NJM’s aftersales support includes standard and extended warranties, preventative maintenance programs and onsite installation, training and ongoing service.