Successful Value-Added Application: The HandJet EBS-260

Pre-Solution Application
The client, an aluminum supplier to the die-casting and gravity-casting indust
ries was preprinting and applying labels to identify multiple batches of
aluminum sows for their clients. Due to the fact that the aluminum sows are often stored outside,the labels frequently came off and required employees to continually check on each batch to ensure all remained correctly labeled.
The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution
After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.
V. Evans Packaging Solutions Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.
The recommendation:
The HandJet EBS-260, EBS’s newest portable inkjet system.
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Key Benefits of the HandJet EBS-260
  • Portable and lightweight – only 3.5 lbs
  • Capable of printing detailed messages an
  • 2D images including logos and 2D barcodes
  • Up to four separate lines can be printed in a single pass
  • 3.5” diagonal touch-screen controller to simplify on-the-fly adjustments
  • Built-in laser guidance for the precise positioning of the message
  • Variety of inks and colors available
  • Cleaning cartridge can be installed in seconds for near-effortless clean up and maintenance
Measurable Savings Realized
This handheld printing solution has proven to provide the client with consistent and permanent marking of each batch of aluminum sows allowing them to eliminate the purchase of labels and reallocate labor to other areas of their facility. After using the HandJet EBS-260 for a short time, they were also able to identify other areas to
utilize it throughout their facility.
See the HandJet EBS-260 in action right here in our YouTube video!
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The Linx CJ400: The Lightest InkJet Printer on the Market.

FoxJet’s Linx CJ400 models are the lightest printers on the market, weighing just under 30 pounds. This lightweight model is equipped with several useful features to compliment its portability:CJ400

  • Easi-Change service module allows up to 6,000 hours between scheduled maintenance
  • Color touch screen
  • 4 line settings to allow for speedy changeover between production lines
  • USB message and printer back up for sharing messages and settings between printers
  • Auto-Flush printheads that provide a flush cleaning upon start-up and power-down (reducing manual maintenance requirements)
  • SureFill fluid replenishment ensures fast, mistake-proof refills while printing to reduce downtime
  • 62 micron printhead nozzle saves up to 40% on ink usage (compared to other CIJ printers)
  • Can store up to 1,000 messages on internal hard drive

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The Answer to Adjacent-Panel Labeling

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There are 2 main styles of labeling adjacent carton panels, and each has their advantages and disadvantages. Wrap-Around Side Apply (WASA) and Front Apply Side Apply (FASA) labeling are the two main ways to meet this requirement.

Wrap-around is just as it sounds. One long wrap-around label (i.e. 4” x 13”) is typically applied by starting on the front panel and wrapping around to the side of the package. It can also be started on a side panel and wrapped to the rear. The wrap-around label guarantees that the serial numbers would be the same on both panels, but it does waste a portion of label (typically an inch) for the corner. It would also be helpful when the two panels need to be different because the one long label can be designed to meet both panel requirements.

FASA labels use a standard label (i.e. 6” x 4”) and apply two separate labels to the box. FASA offers a higher case per minute rate compared to wrap-around labeling since applier does not need to maintain contact with the case through the applying process. This method does not waste label space, and uses less material because it is two separate labels. Greater care does need to be taken when serialization is involved to make sure the label “set” is applied to the same case.

The pricing for both of these labeling methods is based on volume – the more you need the cheaper the price. However, a rough estimate puts wrap around labels at about $26.00 for 1,000 labels and the FASA labels at about $14.50 for 1,000 labels. These labels would also go on applicators and they would be on a 13” outside diameter roll versus a typical 8” outside diameter roll.

Figuring out which type of label would work best for your business can be tricky, but the professionals at R.V. Evans Company can help you find a solution. If you are looking for some assistance with choosing the right labeling method contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and labeling recommendation or visit us at http://www.rvevans.com/

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 3 of 4 – Infeeds and Printers

Many of the Automated Packaging systems mentioned in part two of the Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions series can be paired with different equipment to enhance the process of bagging. Here is a brief overview of the different infeeds and printers that can be added to the Automated Packaging systems.


Infeeds

Autobag Accu-Count 200 Counter beauty

The Autobag Accu-Count 200 system is a vibratory counter infeed system capable of counting and batching at speeds up to 2,500 packages per hour. Industries that use this system are:

  • Fastener
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Hardware and more

This system can be easily paired with the Autobag AB 180 to automatically count and batch a pre-set quantity that is funneled into a pre-opened poly bag that gets sealed and dispensed. The measurements for this system are:

  • 575 lbs
  • 43” X 79“

This counter can also be paired with the Kit-Veyor to provide a more integrated and efficient way of packaging kits.

Autobag-Kit-Veyor-beautyThe Autobag Kit-Veyor is an infeed conveyor system that automatically places small parts into packaged kits. This system combines multiple Autobag Accu-Count 200 systems and an Autobag bagger to fill kits with mixed parts at speeds up to 35 bags per minute. Industries that use this system are:

  • Electrical
  • Hardware
  • Fastening and more

The measurements for this system are:

  • 400 lbs.
  • Between 10 and 40 feet long, depending on how many add-on sections are used.

Autobag-Maximizer-AB180-beautyThe Autobag Maximizer can convey and detect hand loaded items at speeds of up to 50 batches per minute. This system can be paired with the Autobag AB 180 machine by taking the products, placing them in the Maximizer, and from there, the machines will funnel the products into pre-opened bags and seal the bags. Industries that use this system are:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Hardware
  • Fastening and more

The measurements for this system are:

  • 200 lbs
  • 90” x 42” when paired with the Autobag AB 180.

Takeaway Conveyor aloneThe Autobag Takeaway Conveyor provides continuous motion in an assembly line. This conveyor moves filled bags from the packaging location up to another location. It is available in 4 different angles that make it easy to integrate with different Automated Packaging systems. The conveyor is 20” wide with a 40” incline and the belt goes at 26’ per minute.

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The Autobag Accu-Scale 220 is specially designed to be paired with the Autobag AB 180. The Accu-Scale features a highly sensitive infeed system that weigh-counts small parts and dispenses each batch into pre-opened bags. This infeed system is ideal for products that tangle easily. Industries that use this system are:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and more

Measurements for this system are:

  • 152 lbs.
  • 36” x 48”

Autobag-Linear-Weigh-Scale-BeautyThe Autobag Linear Weight Scale is a vibratory linear pan-feed and weigh count scale system that can count up to 45 batches per minute. This machine has the ability to increase productivity up top 5 times the speed of hand loading bags. This infeed system can be paired with the Autobag AB 180 or the Autobag AB 255. Industries that use this system are:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Fastening and more.

Measurements for this system are:

  • 500 lbs.
  • 53” x 74”

Printers

AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter beauty

The AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter offers high resolution inline printing for optimum packaging productivity. It is capable of thermal bag printing at speeds up to 80 bags per minute. It can be used
alone, or can be combined with Automated Packaging systems for inline printing and packing. When paired with the Autobag AB 180, this system can print custom labels with barcodes, text, and graphics. Measurements for this system are:

  • 41 lbs.
  • 34” x 45”

The AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter can print labels up to 4” wide by 20” long.  It only pulls ribbon when it is printing, not the length of the bag.

AutoLabel-PI412cw-Prism-Thermal-Transfer-Imprinter-with-bagsThe AutoLabel PI 412cw Prism Imprinter is a two-sided inline printer that can print either on two sides of a bag, or two colors on one side of the bag. The thermal bag printing is able to print at speeds of up to 12” per second. The labels can be up to 4” wide and 20” long. The measurements for this system are:

  • 252 lbs
  • 28” x 59”

 

AutoLabel-Thermal-Transfer-Ribbon-collageThe AutoLabel Thermal Transfer Ribbon is great for printing high resolution graphics, barcodes, text, and custom logos. There are four types of Thermal Transfer ribbon. They are:

  • AutoLabel UltraPrint Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Optimum Performing Resin Enhanced Wax Thermal Ribbon
  • AutoLabel Ultra-V Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Premium Resin Enhanced Wax Thermal Ribbon
  • AutoLabel Ultra Wax Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Full Wax Thermal Ribbon for High Volume Applications
  • AutoLabel Specialty Ribbons – Solutions for unique printing requirements

AutoLabel-Designer-14The AutoLabel Designer 14 is software that allows the users to create custom bag labels with high-resolution bar codes, text, and graphics. This software works with Autobag Thermal Transfer Imprinters and Print-N-Pack systems as well as remote demand label operations.


As an authorized distributor for Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years, R.V. Evans Company can help you identify the complete poly bagging and packaging system for your business. If you are looking for some assistance in determining which automated packaging system and optional equipment is right for your company, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendation, or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

If you missed part one of the Autobag series, you can find it here and learn about when an automated bagging system is right for you. If you would like to read part two of the Autobag series, click here and see an overview of a few different Automated Packaging Systems.  Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and don’t miss the 4th and final blog in our Automated Packaging Systems four part series where we will cover which bag is the “right bag” for your application.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 1 of 4 – Should Your Company have One?

What is an Automated Packaging poly bagging system?

An Automated Packaging poly bagging system is designed to make your packaging process easier and more cost effective. These systems use poly bags perfed on rolls that get imprinted and filled with a wide variety of products. Automated Packaging units can reduce the amount of time spent on bagging when compared to hand-labeling, hand-counting, and finally hand-sealing items into bags.  These poly bagging systems can also provide pre-printed bag inventory savings with their ability to print variable information directly onto your poly bags.

What industries use them?

The Aerospace and Defense industry uses Automated Packaging systems for waterproof and greaseproof bags. A company that switched to an Autobag system foundAB145-Bagger-Beauty that there were benefits from the switch that included increased productivity, reduced costs, faster changeover between runs, and ease of use. Many other industries have benefited from using Automated’s poly bagging systems. A few of them are:

  • Automotive
  • Mail Order Fulfillment
  • Hardware and Fasteners
  • Food
  • Pet Products

Most industries see a reduced cost in labor after switching to an automated poly bagging system. Most industries eliminate multiple steps within their packaging process after making the enhancement to their packaging line.

When is an Automated bagging system the right solution?

If your company is hand-sealing bags, it might be time to upgrade to an Automated bagging system. A few questions to consider are:

  • How many bags are sealed per day?
  • What is being bagged?
  • Is it the same product all day, or are there numerous changeovers?

Depending on the answers to these questions, an Automated bagging system could be the right solution for your company.

How can R.V. Evans Company help?

R.V. Evans Company has been an authorized distributor of Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years. If you need assistance determining if an Automated Packaging System is right for your company, our team of experienced packaging professionals can help.  Contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendations or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and be on the lookout for part 2 of the Automated Packaging Systems series where we will give an overview of the different baggers.

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Budget Friendly Solutions for Your Packaging Equipment Investment Needs

  1. Do you have a packaging project where new equipment is needed, but the scope of the project doesn’t justify an outright purchase of new packaging equipment?
  2. Do you need to meet an increase in production, but your budget won’t allow a capital investment in new packaging equipment?
  3. Do you experience down time in your packaging line but your budget won’t justify the purchase of a second piece of the necessary packaging equipment?
  4. Is your existing packaging equipment old, maintenance intensive, but money is not available for a replacement?
  5. Do you think your production volume is too low to justify automation in your packaging production line?

If any of these scenarios are preventing your company from investing in the packaging equipment you need for your production line, R.V. Evans’ Equipment Placement Program may be the packaging system solution you need to help take your packaging production process to the next level.

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BEL 505 carton former with BEL 252 carton taper.

R.V. Evans’ Equipment Placement Program specializes in providing budget friendly investment solutions for a variety of new and used packaging equipment including:

For more information on R.V. Evans’ Equipment Placement Program, contact R.V. Evans or schedule an on-site review of your specific packaging application and receive your customized Equipment Placement recommendation and proposal.

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Are Your Barcodes Readable?

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Although a barcode may seem readable to the human eye, it may not be readable to a scanner.  This can create a plethora of issues, and can make it very hard to track a product, or even have your customer sending the product back to you.  The obvious solution to this is to make your barcodes more readable, but how do you do that?

It’s all about trial and error, and the best way to get results from those trials is a barcode verifier.  Verifiers are similar to scanners.  However, they have the added benefit of breaking down the makeup of the code itself.  Instead of just reading the code, a verifier can tell you the symbology, detect the parameters (including dimensional, reflectance, format, and contrast), and return a grade based on industry specific standards (like ANSI, GS1, and others).  Once you’ve got a verifier, you can start to examine the ways to solve the problems with your barcodes.  Is there not enough contrast?  Is the grade too low?

Once your verifier has helped you identify the problem, it’s time to find a solution.  Last month, we posted a blog about what printing technology is right for you.  You can find that blog here.  It focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of various types of printing technology from FoxJet, which all have a tested and guaranteed 99.9% first-read rate. This means that 999 times out of 1,000, your barcode will be readable not only to the human eye, but the strictest verifier and most unforgiving scanners.  This type of dependability will ensure that you have no issues getting your product out of your warehouse and into the hands of your customers.  No more returned packages, no more worry.

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