A True Labeling Solution
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.
In addition to the overhead, you can opt for a secondary applicator on the back of the machine to do two-sided simultaneous labeling. Each applicator is independently adjusted to ensure proper placement of the labels and can even be adjusted and programmed to apply different size/type labels on the front and back, giving you more options.
When it comes to utilizing label application machines, we can meet your needs for just about everything, including:
- Automatic product labeling machines
- Automatic package labelers
- Automatic label applicators
- Industrial label machines
- Commercial label machines
- Bottle labeling machines
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.
Wrap—Two basic styles can be employed using the wrap belt. They utilize either a backing plate or pneumatically controlled trunnion rollers. The trunnion rollers are more accurate in placing labels but can restrict faster speeds which is where a backing plate needs to be used.
Spacers—The spacing of products can be accomplished in several ways. Pneumatic spacers, stepper driven spacing wheels, and custom feed screws are all available to suit your individual needs. The number of large back pressures from a conveyor line can dictate the type of feed used.
Belts—Besides the wrap belt, we also offer an overhead belt and finger/hugger belts. The overhead belt holds the product on the conveyor when applying a front label or front and back label. The finger/hugger belts help to align products entering the overhead belt, ensuring a consistent and accurate label placement.
Configurations—We offer many options for labeling your product. There are several label wrapping options for round bottles. We can also label front alone or front and back simultaneously. Additionally, we can apply 3- and 4-panel wrapping of labels for square and rectangular bottles.
Sensors—We offer several types of label sensors that will detect paper labels or clear film labels. Several other sensor options would be Low Label, Up Stream, and Down Stream sensors to regulate the product flow of our machine (Machine on/off). Other options are available to integrate with your conveyor computer control systems. Stack lights can also be integrated with our label applicator machines.
When it comes to labeling various types of products using our automatic label machines, the possibilities are endless. From health and beauty supplies and pharmaceutical products to Chemical cleaning products and food-grade containers, our clean and corrosion-resistant materials will last for years and label millions of products. Some examples of the types of containers that can be labeled are round bottles, square bottles, cans, buckets, boxes, aerosol cans, triangular bottles, custom shaped bottles, and so much more.
Rely on Chicago Automated Labeling for Custom Machines!
Whether your Los Angeles business needs a labeler for a single container or your enterprise-level business needs dozens of different containers, Chicago Automated Labeling will surpass your needs.
Contact us to learn more about our automatic label applicators or to receive a free evaluation. Ship us samples of your container and labels and we will apply them on our test automatic labeler machine and provide you with a quote on your new labeler and the additional components you may need.
True Digital Accuracy
Digital control of the product and label provides accurate labeling even with difficult clear film labels. Chicago Automated Labeling provides a 100% stepper motor driven system which reduces moving parts up to 50% and eliminates analog drift. By constantly monitoring the speed of each driven axis Chicago Automated Labeling can provide exact label placement.
Fast and Reliable Service
At CAL we cherish our customers and their reputation. Having a production line that is down costs time and money, and it can be frustrating to get quick responses sometimes. This is why we at CAL want to ensure that you receive a fast and accurate troubleshooting process. In the event we cannot troubleshoot your issue over the phone, we will gladly arrive on scene as soon as possible to address the issue, or ship your maintenance department the parts needed for a quick replacement.