Epson has announced its partner United Automation has created automated labeling applicators integrating the ColorWorks C7500 on-demand color label printer and Epson 6-Axis VT, C-Series and SCARA robot solutions. United Automation engineered the ColorWorks pick-and-place desktop label applicator and the ColorWorks labeling and verification machine based on feedback from retail pharmaceutical customers that require an upgrade from black-only labels to color labels to incorporate warnings, logos and branding on prescription bottles.
The desktop label applicator integrates the ColorWorks C7500 on-demand color label printer and an Epson high-precision SCARA robot to feed, print and apply color labels. The labeling and verification machine, which incorporates the ColorWorks C7500 and an Epson 6-Axis robot, features loading, labeling, peel labeling, inspection, verification, and unloading functionalities. The labeling and verification machine for prescription bottles can print and apply up to 600 unique color labels per hour with label placement precision.
“The ColorWorks labeling and verification machine is the first United Automation solution to incorporate color labeling,” said Jeff Runge, project manager, United Automation. “Color is becoming increasingly important for retail pharmacies and now, with the ColorWorks integration, we are able to offer customers a comprehensive, automated color labeling device that places labels with precision and accuracy. Plus, the ColorWorks output offers labels with a tremendous shelf life and fade-resistance.”
Additional ColorWorks labeling and verification machine features include:
- Label placed over pre-existing label without covering original barcode and expiration data
- Text auto-aligned on label based on pre-determined reference point
- Label position verified at two points in cycle
- Label height adjusted dynamically based on per-bottle specifications
- Applicator reads both “picket-fence” and “ladder” type barcodes
- Folds label and applies removable adhesive tab to maximize print area
“We know color labels can help improve the readability and comprehension of information and enhance safety for pharmaceutical packaging,” said Andrew Moore, product manager, Commercial Label Printers, Epson America. “These new solutions from United Automation are revolutionary in providing a seamless and reliable automated color labeling application system that will help pharmaceutical businesses include color coded warnings and highlighted information for customers.”
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