Our automated labeling machines are an accumulation of 25 years of experience and are engineered to be a workhorse in the packaging and labeling industry. In our very own Valparaiso facility, we engineer our machines from high-quality stainless steel and anodized aluminum components. The result? An American-made, long-lasting, versatile piece of equipment that no packaging company should be without.
We start with a sturdy extruded aluminum framed base with easy-to-adjust leveling feet and non-scuff UHMW pucks. A powder-coated aluminum base plate holds the adjustment bases for the applicators. The applicators are carefully engineered to have weight balanced dancer arms for maximum speed.
Our automated labeling machines are built specifically for each customer in mind. We offer many options to best serve your labeling needs. For example, an adjustable overhead electronic motor-driven belt to hold your container down to the conveyor. This is important for top-heavy containers or slippery materials so that the label can be quickly and accurately applied without slippage.
For containers that are rounded, squared, triangular, or other shapes that require a full or even partial wrapped label, we offer a wrap belt attachment with a trunion to grab the container, spin it, and properly apply pressure to the label to ensure a clean, bubble, and wrinkle-free adhesion. A bottle labeler is a perfect example of this kind of machine.
For sequentially numbered or bar code identification for containers that may hold different contents, we offer a Print and Apply attachment. Printers with programmable print-on-demand labels can be attached to both front and back applicators to facilitate labeling of short-run products in the same sized container.
Nylon guide rails ensure proper placement of containers on the 10-foot-long and 32-inch-high conveyor system. The guide system can be fitted with compressed air powered spacers that accurately space the containers, which can be adjusted to suit your production needs.
Finger belt attachments allow for proper positioning of the container to be aligned with the conveyor for accurate labeling. These finger belt components are also adjustable to suit different products.
The most impressive feature of CAL 1000 automated labeling machines is the Programmable Logic Control (PLC). A touch screen controller that allows for complete control over applicator settings, speeds, and setup. The PLC can save settings for up to 30 different containers.
All Chicago Automated Labeling Machines will operate on a normal 15 amp 110- to 120-volt dedicated circuit. However, a 20 amp dedicated circuit is preferred. A standard NEMA 5-15 plug is used at the terminating end of the electrical power cable.
The stepper drives required on the machine have independent power supplies that administer the proper voltage and amperage requirements. We also provide easy-to-reach emergency stop switches on the front and back of the automatic label machines. These stops kill power to the entire machine. Optional switches can be provided for easy control of components mounted in the location of your choosing.
The 24-volt power supply runs all the sensors, fans, screens, and PLCs. Each drive is independently controlled for speed by the PLC. All of this is controlled from a color touch screen panel, which can also be changed to suit your individual needs. All of these settings can be done on the fly as the machine is running.
Depending on conditions in your factory, we can enclose all of our electrical components in a sealed air-conditioned panel. This could protect the electrical components from high heat and humidity, a corrosive environment, or both.