We manufacture a wide and varied range of industrial pallet labelling machines based around proven module pallet label application systems, allowing us to apply on one, two or more pallet faces as required by the customer, with two face application possible at more than 180 pallets p/hr.
ALcode P is our premier multi face print and application pallet labeller, designed specifically to apply A5 Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) labels to two adjacent faces of a stationary pallet (normally front-side) potentially varying size, in strict accordance to the GS1/EAN 128 barcode standards with only one pallet stop.
A complete turn key pallet labelling solution, ALcode P comprises an industrial thermal transfer print engine, ALcode base print and apply delivery system, a choice of multi label application solutions (detailed below), full guarding/housing of all controls, interlock safety switches, electrics, pneumatics and a PLC to control inputs,outputs and the functioning of the machine as well as its handshaking with the line.
Label printing is handled by the well known SATO 6" industrial print engine range, able to print high quality barcode labels on a variety of label media types (inc weatherproof synthetics) at up to 200 mm/sec in "harsh" industrial environments.
The modular printer mounting also allows the potential use of alternative print engines such as a Zebra 170 PAX or Datamax A-Class with their respective print languages and interface options, as well the possibility of holding a "hot-swap" print engine - a popular failsafe spare with many customers, reliant on labelled product to allow them to ship their goods.
ALcode P is available with two core "two label application systems", applying the label via contact using a flexible head "tamp" application system with digital pressure sensors to monitor contact with the pallet:
The first device is the traditional ALTech tri-axial pallet label application system, as successfully proven in dozens of installation over its long production history. It is based around a roller bearing two axis semi robotic movement system with rotating labelling head, individually positioning each label to GS1/EAN standards on multiple sides of the pallet at up to 120 pallets p/hr.
This highly flexible universal solution can be designed with axis strokes to accommodate non standard pallets of significant size differences as well as allowing multi label logics, including front and side or side-rear, as well as the possibility of front, side and rear (three labels) in either one or two pallet stops.
Our second two face pallet application system is aimed at pallet lines with more standard configurations of pallet i.e. Euro pallets. A completely original concept, designed from scratch by the ALTech design team, it offers a more simple, economic solution for the majority of two face (front-side or side-rear) pallet labelling requirements, as well as an advantage in speed, labelling up to 180 pallets p/hr depending on the flow of the line.
The application system features an innovative rotating application movement system, providing high speed multiple label movements, but incredibly is driven by only one motor, making it very simple and easy to maintain – a real advance in the design of multi face pallet label application solutions.
ALcode P is available with a host of enhancement options, including non standard PLC control systems, integrated label management systems to act as middle-where between the pallet labeller and the customers ERP system (e.g. SAP), as well as the possibility of internally managing inputs and outputs from automated scanners etc and querying product databases for appropriate label print data in a completely standalone format.
A selection of standard enhancement options for ALcode P include:
ALcode P is also available in standard single linear stroke configurations, with or without enclosure dependent on the stroke length of the cylinder and position of the machine e.g. without enclosure within an interlocked guarded area, for applications requiring only a single label to be applied, as well as special rotary arm application solutions which allow the possibility of labelling pallets "on-the-fly" without stopping the pallet, for speeds beyond 180 pallets p/hr.
Where the customer wishes to apply non-standard label sizes to pallets, for example A4 pallet labels, we can also offer well proven solutions for either one of multiple face labelling requirements, based on special versions of our ALcode P machine. Our proven ALcode A4 pallet labelling machine has been used by many companies with prominent pre-printed logos on their labels to replace costly printing bags – particularly in the corrugates block paving and slabs sector, requiring weatherproof labels & print.
Finally, ALcode P can potentially be specified with our ALcode LL LINERLESS print and delivery system to create a linerless (no backing paper) pallet label application solution, with associated machine uptime, label material cost savings and environmental benefits – particularly in terms of creating a pure waste source applying a plastic label to plastic shrink/stretch wrap.
A particularly interesting, economical and well proven configuration of ALcode P exists for customers requiring a multi pallet label application solution, but have slower running lines fitted with a turn table stretch wrapper rather than a spiral wrap rotary ring unit (i.e. turning the pallet rather than spinning the wrap around the pallet).
The solution allows pallet label application on up to four faces of a pallet using only a simple single axis pneumatic cylinder application system as shown above, by integrating the labeller control system with the pallet wrapping control system.
Handshaking between the two machines allows us to turn the pallet through 90 degree increments after the stretch wrapper has completed wrapping, and apply labels on up to four sides of the pallet via single linear tamp (or tamp-blow) set to the extremes of the pallet size range.
The solution is an option only with pallet wrappers that turn the pallet not spiral wrap around the pallet because the applicator needs to be positioned within the wrapping cell (removing the need for guarding as this will already be provided by the wrapper), with the pallet labeller supplied with a larger PLC and special program to enable handshaking with the wrapper.
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|Print Type||Thermal Transfer|
|Interfaces||RS232C, Centronics, Option RS422/RS485/LAN|
|Max. label width||134 mm||134 mm||165 mm|
|Print width||128 mm||112 mm||152 mm|
|Resolution||200 Dpi||300 Dpi||200 Dpi|
|Print speed||300 mm/sec||200 mm/sec||200 mm/sec|
|Production speed||Up to 120 pallets/h depending on label size and on the applicator configuration|
|Label roll diameter||300 mm (option: 400 mm)|
|Power supply||220V, 50 Hz, 800W|
|Pneumatic Feeding||5 bars, 50 litre/min|