International printing systems OEM DTM Print has added AP380e to its label applicator portfolio, intended to streamline the process.

The AP380e label applicator is the newest model of the AP-Series. This applicator is designed to work on round or cylindrical containers, offering increased speeds and new features.

With approximately a 30% increased speed for the AP360e and AP362e label applicators, labels are claimed to be applied ‘swiftly and accurately’, to provide a seamless finish on a variety of containers. The inclusion of a new label liner rewinder is claimed by DTM Print to further optimise operations by keeping the waste liner material off the floor and winding it into a roll for easy disposal.

The AP380e is described to apply labels with ‘impeccable precision’, ensuring a professional appearance for every finished product. The waste liner is rewound as the labels are applied to the container, allowing for less clutter during high-usage periods. The applicator’s speed capabilities mean an increased boost in labelling efficiency, allowing for more containers to be labelled per hour. For detecting the labels, the AP380e is equipped with a mechanical sensor flag which, unlike ultrasonic sensors, can process transparent labels without black marks. This purpose-built sensor flag has been installed in over 38,000 AP-Series applicators and has been praised for its longevity and reliability with various label types and thicknesses. The design of the AP380e is alleged to make it easy to operate, providing a hassle-free labelling experience.

Lea König, product manager for labelling solutions at DTM Print, summarised the benefits stating, ‘The AP380e optimises the production process thanks to the built-in liner rewinder. At the same time, it significantly increases the production throughput. With the AP380e labels are applied flawlessly and reliably, giving the finished products a highly professional appearance.’

The AP380e is claimed to be an ideal accessory to the label printing and applicator products offered by DTM Print, including the LX-Series of desktop colour label printers. It is also compatible with labels produced using various printing methods, such as flexographic, offset and thermal transfer.