Print & apply labelling specialist Logopak has announced first results of an accelerated R&D programme, set up last summer with the financial backing of German charitable foundation Possehl GmbH, which acquired the company in July 2011.
“New technology to be applied to Logopak equipment over the following year now includes longer life print heads, ultra-high speed systems for case labelling and enhanced size range for laser-based print & apply,” explains UK general manager Wilson Clark.
Possehl is a €2 billion turnover industrial group with its origins in the nineteenth century steel industry and interests that now include both mechanical and electronic engineering. Operating profits are employed to fund charitable projects in its home town of Lubeck and also the surrounding region.
Among the first results of new Logopak research supported by Possehl is a new design of print head that extends operating life by 30 per cent. This is now being applied to Logopak 515 case labelling machines and to Logopak 815 pallet labellers. The Logopak 400 series of compact machines will also be similarly equipped later this year.
Logopak’s Wilson Clark explains how the work has also brought high speed print & apply case labelling in its wake.
“Up to now speeds in excess of 100 a minute have rarely been achievable. However, electronic and mechanical enhancements achieved with help from Possehl group companies now mean that speeds of 200 packs a minute on standard print & apply machines are potentially achievable.”
Logopak has drawn on experience from another Possehl company to extend the size range of its laser-based print& apply machine, developed originally to provide labels etched into plastics or metal for harsh environments such as steel and glass production.
A double precision mirror arrangement now provides a label size of A3, to carry additional information or provide improved visibility at greater distance.
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