Minebea Intec, leading manufacturer of weighing and inspection solutions, is launching the WPL-A, their first automatic weigh- price labelling system. The labelling solution offers the ideal and complete package for customers in the food industry: weighing, pricing, labelling and product traceability in one package.
The WPL-A automatic weigh-price labelling system is the most reliable, adaptable and easy-to-use solution for high-speed labelling applications with a very compact footprint and intuitive software. Designed in accordance with hygienic design guidelines, it is predestined for use in all sectors of the food industry and scores with well-thought-out design details and smart features.
Saves time and space: How the WPL-A optimises the labelling process
The WPL-A price labelling system convinces first of all with its modular design: this allows easy adaptation to the customer’s needs, who only pays for what he actually needs. The construction materials are perfectly suited to the food industry’s requirements: Stainless steel and construction following hygienic design guidelines enable quick and easy cleaning, translating into a savings potential for cleaning costs. The material is particularly resistant due to the IP 65 protection class, and additional parts such as the belt run can be removed for cleaning if necessary. Its interoperability rounds off the system: open interfaces allow quick and easy integration into production and seamless communication with other devices.
Labelling solution with optimum ease of use and many customisation options
The WPL-A also scores with intuitive user guidance. The 19-inch touchscreen enables easy operation through comprehensible icon language: important production data, statistics, and currently created labels are displayed visually appealing on the screen. Label printing is done via up to four configurable printer options: The printers can apply labels to the product from above or below and support the labelling of common packaging variants such as C-wrap or full-wrap. The product sensors in the unit are also able to handle light-coloured or transparent products and packaging.
In terms of printing technology, the customer can choose between direct thermal printing or thermal transfer ribbon, if the products are heat-sensitive.
High-speed printing thanks to state-of-the-art technology
Labels can be customised via Nexus Label Design software with numerous options to ensure compliance with global guidelines: nutritional information, BIS, fonts, symbols or even 2D barcodes or GS1 symbols are available for label printing.
The price labelling system also complies with all current legal regulations that are important for operation in the food industry: The WPL-A is approved according to NWCM NTEP (National Type Evaluation Program) and MID (Measuring Instruments Directive). In addition, there is an E-Mark software module that guarantees the printing of statistical data. To ensure traceability, each label is identified by a unique pack number, batch, user and machine ID, which can be transmitted to ERP systems via open protocols.
The WPL-A convinces with high-speed printing of up to 125 labels per minute, made possible using advanced print compression technologies.
The best of both worlds: Our promise to the food industry
“With the WPL-A, we are expanding our range for the food industry. In addition to high- precision inspection solutions and the WPL-S manual labelling system, we now offer a solution that drives the automation process in the food industry.” Says Sara Vivanco, Product Manager at Minebea Intec. “Often, customers only have the choice between a manual labelling solution that costs time or an automated solution with cumbersome operation. With our new product, we combine the best of both worlds: A high-speed solution that also offers user convenience at all levels.”