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WS Packaging Introduces Print-and-Apply Label Applicator Exclusively for Harsh Environments

WS Packaging Group­Automated Systems Division has developed a new print-and-apply label system specifically engineered to handle the demands of harsh environments like high-moisture wash-down conditions and dust-prone operations.

The Genesis 7500 Wash-Down Series labeling system features an
all-stainless steel cabinet that encloses key components. Protecting key components and ensuring operator safety were primary goals behind the engineering. The unit features a simple head-on stand that offers the flexibility to apply different types of pressure-sensitive labels to the side, top, bottom or corner of virtually any-shaped product.

³High levels of moisture and dust create a unique set of challenges for labeling equipment,² said Tim Newberry, product specialist manager with WS Packaging. ³For example, ever-present moisture and sanitizing agents used to disinfect a packing house are not friendly to electronics and controls. And dusty conditions can literally gum-up a printer-applicator.²

The Genesis 7500 features an all-stainless steel construction that fully encases all key components: printer applicator, computer and wiring. Even though they are encased, all components are easy to access, which keeps downtime to a minimum when it comes to changing labels or the printhead.

³Safety was also a key factor in engineering the Genesis,² Newberry said. ³Because everything is enclosed, including the wiring, there is much less chance for shocks, which is a major concern when the unit is deployed in high-moisture environments like a packing house.²

As with all WS Packaging application machines, the Genesis 7500 utilizes a keep-it-simple design that offers easy operation and minimal downtime by providing quick access to all maintenance components, which adds to its overall functionality.

³Everything is easy to get to,² Newberry said. ³This unit has an access panel that¹s only one foot by one foot, but it¹s configured so that everything is really accessible for changing out labels and the printhead.²

The one-piece unit has heavy-duty rods and cylinders for added
durability for handling up to 60- to 70-lb boxes of product. And its compact design and small footprint make it easy to set up at any spot on a production line. The entire machine is on wheels and features a self-contained four-foot section of conveyor for easy staging of product to the printer and label applicator.

³Everything was engineered so that it can be readily raised and lowered to match the height of an existing production line,² Newberry said. ³It¹s very much a plug-and-play design that easily adjusts to match existing conveyors. The printer/label applicator and the conveyor all move in sequence. Nothing has to be unbolted, which reduces set up time.²

WS Packaging Group Inc. has more than 40 years of experience and is one of the largest printing and label converting operations in North America.

It operates 18 manufacturing facilities and produces high-quality packaging products. Its customers range in size from small businesses to large, high-volume manufacturers and consumer product goods companies doing business locally, nationally and in marketplaces worldwide.

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