Fully Automated Package Labeling with PEX-1000 at Meukow Cognac

Meukow Cognac Package Labelling - PEX-1000

MARKET:
Food and Distribution

APPLICATION:
Automation of labelling systems

MODEL:
PEX-1000 & TTP-286MT

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Background:
The prestigious house of Cognac 'Meukow', which feline bottles are adorned with a panther - icon of the brand - symbolizing the power, the elegance and the suppleness of its cognacs, relies once again on TSC, a brand recognized for the quality, the reliability and the robustness of its printers.

It is near Cognac in France, in Matha Distilleries, that the bottling takes place. Here the activities are in full swing with around 6,000 bottles produced per hour. The production site includes 6 bottling lines for a total capacity of 15 million bottles and around 18,000 hectoliters of Cognac, Brandy and other spirits.

To achieve such production rates, Meukow was looking for a high-performance solution that could be integrated into its bottling lines and thus enabling to fully automate its labelling processes. Once the bottles are packed and labelled, the parcels are shipped to the numerous points of sale of the brand based in France and all around the world.

Meukow has used TSC products for many years. Thus the famous brand of Cognac could appreciate the product quality of the Taiwanese manufacturer: durability, ease of use and very low maintenance of its printers, characteristics that perfectly fit any producer expectations! Already equipped with TSC desktop printers for its semi-automatic bottling lines, Meukow renews its confidence in TSC with the equipment of new print & apply systems.

Solution:
Developed by LRI and implemented by ARCOCEAN, partner of TSC and Meukow for more than 15 years, the solution enables to fully automate the labelling processes on Meukow bottling lines.

Installed at the end of the bottling & packaging lines, the solution integrates the new TSC PEX-1000 print mechanism. Extremely efficient, TSC powerful engine produces labels at fast print speed, allowing package labelling in record time. The mechanism is designed to fit easily in any print & apply system, thanks to its fully compatible structure and GPIO interface.

Once the label is printed by TSC PEX-1000 print module, an articulated arm places the label onto the bottle packing carton that will be shipped to the various brand’s point of sale. Some improvements have been made to the system, such as the extension of the labelling arm to fit perfectly the different sizes of the parcels. A buffer zone has been created also to regulate the timing of the label output in order to match the speed of conveyor.

The installation of the new print & apply system has been a real success. Indeed, thanks to the complete automation of its labelling processes, Meukow has significantly increased its productivity: today more than 2000 cartons per hour are prepared and labelled on the new fully automated packaging lines, when rates does not exceed 150 cartons/hour on the semi-automatic lines.

Benefits:
• High performance print & apply solution
• Easy integration of PEX-1000 print module
• High speeds automatic labelling systems
• Enhanced productivity on bottling & packaging lines 

PEX-1000 and TTP-286MT Features:
Extremely efficient, the TSC PEX-1000 print engine produces barcode labels at up to 18 inches per second, a top performer in its class. Thanks to its robust die cast construction, the PEX-1000 ensures stable media path for outstanding print quality. The complete module combines an intuitive 3.5" color LCD display with 6-button menus and a front-side USB host for one-step updates. In addition, the PEX-1000 Series supports 203 to 600 dpi resolutions to fit various print needs and label sizes, from high precision labels as small as 5 mm high to large labels with width up to 114 mm. The system is equipped with a large memory capacity of 512 MB Flash and 512 MB SDRAM and offers multiple connectivity including USB, GPIO, parallel, serial, Ethernet, USB host and optional 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 module.

The TSC TTP-286MT industrial barcode printer features a 4.3" color touch LCD panel with 6-button menus and is equipped with Ethernet and USB 2.0 connectivity. Its metal structure includes a clear media view window. The TTP-286MT features increased memory of 256 SDRAM and 512 MB Flash, with SD Flash memory expansion up to 32 GB. The TTP-286MT can manage label widths up to 241.3 mm (9.5") with a maximum print width up to 219.5 mm (8.64") wide at 300 dpi high resolution.

About Arcocean
With more than 30 years of experience and a recognized expertise in labelling systems, Arcocean designs and manufactures industrial solutions for traceability and labelling. As a TSC partner for many years, Arcocean integrates TSC printers into its print & apply solutions.

About LRI
Since 2004, LRI has been offering innovative industrial IT solutions. The company recently launched its SaaS printing software "LRI-WebPrint". Together with powerful barcode printers, this efficient tool allows companies to create their own label masks.

Arcocean and LRI are both part of the GLAD group.

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