At the recent WestPack 2020, John Roberts of General Data Automation showed in our booth the Smart Touch Panel running the C6000P.
John Roberts with the Smart Touch Panel/C6000P
General Data is the new parent of Color Label Solutions; learn more here. BLOG: Color Label Solutions Merger
And John leads our automation group, which designs and deploys label application and other automation equipment; and is the developer of the Smart Touch Panel.
According to John, “The Smart Touch Panel is a powerful, single board computer, running on open source Linux. The Smart Touch Panel is ideally suited for data collection over networks with barcode scanners, printers, or PLC’s.” In our case, it’s great with the new C6000P printers.
Smart Touch Panel
Continuing, John says, “The Smart Touch Panel fits where an operator is applying a label by hand. With the Peel and Present feature of the new C6000P, the printer prints the label and presents it ready to apply. With the Smart Touch Panel, the operator doesn’t require a PC to operate; and fits where you don’t want the operator running a computer.”
Watch John start a print job and print here:
In this video, John has produced a label template and adds variable data such as lot, date, and/or shift codes along with a color code to identify the production date of the product easily.
“In the past, companies used this type of solution with preprinted labels using a thermal transfer printer such as Zebra to add the lot and other codes. Now with the C6000P, manufacturers can start with blank labels and print the entire label on-demand just prior to use. This system makes labeling with variable data easier to do”, says John.
You might find these earlier posts on the new C6000 series printers of interest:
BLOG: My New C6500P
BLOG: New C6000 Series
Smart Touch operates on a network with a server running a label software program such as Codesoft or BarTender. This software creates the template that serves the data to the Smart Touch Panel to operate. According to John, “the Smart Touch Panel works best in situations with multiple printers/stations running similar templates/printers”.
The Smart Touch Panel costs $995 with $895 for the stand that holds both the printer and the panel.
If you have multiple stations applying labels by hand, consider not only the Smart Touch Panel, but also moving to color with the C6000P printers. This new technology will save you time; and make your operation much more productive.
Contact us if we can help with the Smart Touch Panel or the C6000P printer.
Posted at 5:54 PM