The ALStep is a compact-sized and low-cost applicator for self-adhesive labels which can be easily integrated into already existing packaging lines. The ALstep is based on a robust, reliable mechanical structure. It can be fitted into particularly restricted areas, thanks to the side access web threading allowing a fast, easy label changeover.

The ALStep can hold label rolls up to 300 mm diameter for a long operating time and is equipped with a separate control box with cooling fan which makes it possible to operate it in harsh industrial environments.

This system comes in both S and M versions, for label widths up to 100 and 200 mm respectively. Its maximum label dispensing speed is as high as 30 m/min. (20 m/min. in the M version) thanks to a microprocessor-controlled stepper motor enabling the operator to enter all labelling parameters by means of the display and function keys.

In more detail, the following functions are available:

  • Adjustment of label dispensing speed.
  • Pre-dispensing adjustment.
  • Labelling delay adjustment in millimetres.
  • Automatic recovery of missing labels.
  • Progressive counter.
  • End-of-roll alarm and web break alarm.
  • Contact for connection to other systems.

Additionally, the ALStep can be equipped with an array of optional devices to solve specific labelling problems, such as:

  • Hot foil printing unit.
  • Thermal transfer printing module.
  • Pneumatic and air-blow applicators.
  • Near-end-of-roll sensor.
  • Speed control via encoder.
  • Label tracing by thickness capacitive sensor.

The ALStep is also available in the E (Economical) version for label widths up to 100 mm at a maximum speed of 15 m/min. It is ideal for the applications where cost reduction is a crucial requirement.

The control panel makes it possible to adjust the main functioning parameters (speed and pre-dispensing) by means of digital indicators (contraves), emitting an end-of-roll or web-break alarm signal.  A label sensor for transparent material is optionally available.

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