As more businesses need to increase packaging and labeling speed, Epson (Los Alamitos, California) has announced that its reseller partner, Integrated Productivity Systems (IPSi), has created a new automated print-and-apply labeling solution. Leveraging the Epson ColorWorks on-demand colour label printer and the Epson VT6L 6-Axis Robot, IPSi “is helping businesses add efficiency and cost savings to operations with an innovative, flexible system for printing high-quality colour labels and applying them next-label out,” said Epson.
Focused on helping small to mid-size manufacturers and distributors who lack the expertise or resources to design, develop and quickly implement process improvements in their operations, IPSi said it saw an opportunity to combine the high-quality labels of the ColorWorks printer with an Epson 6-Axis robot to bring colour and automation to businesses. Bringing on JM Automation Services (a full-service integrator and manufacturer of custom-automated machinery), IPSi developed a state-of-the-art, robotic print-and-apply system for streamlining the process of getting products packaged and labeled as quickly and efficiently as possible.
“Businesses need to print high-quality colour labels on demand – which is especially important for personalization, one-on-one marketing and serialization where every label needs to be different,” said Rick Schilling, Founder and President of IPSi. “The ability to integrate the Epson ColorWorks label printer with an Epson 6-Axis Robot allows us to address the most challenging applications for printing and applying colour labels to all types of containers.”
The ColorWorks CW-C6000P and CW-C6500P printers deliver on-demand, colour labels from 1 to 4 inches and 1 to 8 inches in width respectively, with a peel-and-present option. The industrial-strength label printers come standard with Applicator I/O control ports for automated label application and can also easily integrate with other automated systems. Coupled with the 6-Axis Robot’s end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), the combined solution offers businesses “limitless possibilities for printing and applying colour labels to flat containers, round containers and everything in between.” The Epson VT6L Robot is a full-featured, easy-to-use robot with a built-in controller that saves valuable factory space, while its SlimLine structure featuring a compact wrist pitch, enables access to hard-to-reach areas in confined spaces.