Modular Labeling System will offer two operating modes.

Press Release Summary:

Model ALP/4500 will initially print-and-apply labeling for up to 55 products per min; and with stepper motor module it will perform as label applicator at rate of 1800 ipm. Unit prints and applies variable information including alphanumerics, bar codes, and graphics with max print area of 4.1 in. W x 13 in. L. Print engine delivers 203 or 300 dpi print quality, depending on which head is used. System contains 8 Mb of RAM and 1 Mb of non-volatile memory.

Original Press Release:

New from Diagraph®; Modular System for Maximum Labeling Versatility

St. Louis, MO...Diagraph introduces the ALP/4500, a versatile new modular labeling system that will eventually allow packaging customers a choice of two operating modes. Initially, it will provide print-and-apply labeling for up to 55 products per minute; in the future, with the planned introduction of a stepper motor module, the same system will also be able to perform as a high-speed label applicator at a rate of 1800 inches per minute.

The ALP/4500 is designed to print and apply high-quality labels containing variable information: alphanumerics, bar codes and graphics with a maximum print area of 4.1 inches wide by 13 inches long.

The unique print module of the ALP/4500 features an OEM-style engine that is manufactured exclusively for Diagraph. It permits quick loading/unloading of media and delivers either 203 or 300 dpi print quality, depending on which plug-and-play head is used. The unit contains 8 Mb of RAM and 1 Mb of non-volatile memory. Keeping a spare is affordable because the A3 print module costs about half as much as most OEM engines.

The simpie, modular ALP/4500 is engineered for fast maintenance and service. In a matter of minutes, any module-print, graphic display, pneumatic, rewind, tamp cylinder-can be completely removed and replaced, if necessarv.

The handheld graphic user interface makes operating the ALP/4500 simple and intuitive. The large (160 x 160) backlit display is graphics-based, making it easy to understand, and the operator can navigate menus at the touch of a button. The tethered interface can be mounted where it is most accessible to the operator, independent of applicator orientation. The single interface controls applicator and print module without DIP switches or additional interfaces usually found on OEM engines. The membrane keypad contains screen-defined functions, and the infrared port can communicate status conditions of the system.

Reliable sensing is assured by pressure/vacuum transducers that automatically recalibrate with each cycle, thus eliminating the need for costly switches and sensors. As a result, the ALP/4500 senses the label on the pad and pad contact with the product. This prevents label mis-feeds and mis-labeled products.

The unwind roll of the ALP/4500, which has a capacity of 12 inches, utilizes a free-float condition with a dancer arm and band brake to prevent over-feeding. The rewind is powered by a stepper motor to provide continuous tension throughout the roll and, because a dancer arm is used instead of a clutch mechanism, there are fewer wear parts to adjust or replace.

In the future, Diagraph plans to offer more connectivity options for the ALP/4500, with the addition of an Ethernet card and a Discrete I/O interface card.

For more information, call Kent Swart, Product Manager for Diagraph Labeling Systems, at 636-300-2024 or send e-mails to

Diagraph, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc., manufactures and distributes automated industrial marking systems and supplies. Primary product lines include: automated labeling
systems, small character ink jet systems, and large character ink jet systems. With sales and service offices located across the United States and throughout the world, Diagraph is a leading intemational supplier of product identification marking systems.

1 Missouri Research Park Drive, St. Charles, Missouri 63304-5685
Phone: 636-300-2000 Fax: 636-300-2001

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