3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR MAINTENANCE &

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Designers and Manufacturers of Pressure Sensitive Labeling
Equipment and Custom Product Handling
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR
MAINTENANCE
&
SERVICE MANUAL
(REVISION 3600a-3a2.xx)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................…... 1
MACHINE TERMS .................................................................................................…... 2
DISPLAY PANEL .............................................................................................…….… 3
KEY TYPES……………………………………………………………………
ALARMS………………………………………………………………………
CHANGING VALUES……………………………………………………..….
PASSWORD………………………………………………………………….…
MAIN MENU……………………………………………………………….….
SETUP MENUS (main setup) …………………………………………….….
APPLY SETUP………………………………………………………………...
Air Blast …………….…………………………………… 3-5
Extended Air Assist ……...……………………………… 3-5
Product Clearance ……….....…………………………… 3-5
Extend Time……………………………………………… 3-5
Retract Time……………..……………………………… 3-5
Foldover Timers …….…..……………………………… 3-5
RFID Variables …….…..………………………..……… 3-5
ENCODER SETUP ………………………….…………………………………
Encoder Direction ………..……………………………… 3-6
Pulse Length ……….……..……………………………. 3-6
Velocity Filter ……….……………….………………… 3-6
Compensation ….………….…………………………… 3-6
OPTION MENU ........................................................................................……
Tamp Action ……….…………………………………… 3-7
Instant P/A ………….………………………………….. 3-7
Rate Alarm …….…………………………………..…… 3-8
Inhibit/External Print …….………………………..…… 3-8
Label Reissue …….………………………………..…… 3-8
Vac Off ……….…………………………………..…… 3-8
Power Up Enabled ………………………………..…… 3-8
Tamp/Swing Return ……………………………..……
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Rewind Setup ……….…………………………....…… 3-9
Tamp Sensors ….…………………………………..…… 3-9
Foldover Option ……….……………………………… 3-9
Crossover Option ……….……………………………… 3-10
RFID Option ……….…………………………………… 3-11
I/O DIAGNOSTICS ..............................................................…………………
PRODUCT COUNTER ..........................................................…………………
FACTORY DEFAULT ..............................................................………………
Change Password …….……………..…………..……… 3-12
Print Labels …………….………………………….…… 3-12
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REAR PANEL ....................................................................................................…….… 4
APPLICATOR SETUP ....................................................................................……….. 5
UNWIND ASSEMBLY.........................................................................………..
UNWIND DISKS ..................................................................................………..
AIR FILTER INSTALLATION ............................................................………..
VALVE BANK ....................................................................................………..
STANDARD TAMP ASSEMBLY .......................................................………..
EXTENDED PEEL EDGE ……............................................................………..
SWING TAMP ASSEMBLY ..............................................................………..
RIBBON LOADING ………..............................................................………..
LABEL LOADING ……….................................................................………..
APPLICATOR NOSE SETUP ……....................................................………..
ACTUATOR SETUP ………..............................................................………..
LABEL STATIC TEST ………............................................................………..
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PRODUCT SETUP ........................................................................…………..……….. 6
PRODUCT SENSORS .........................................................................………..
LABELING VARIABLES .....................................................................………
ENCODER SETUP .....................................................................................……
Encoder Direction …..…………………………………… 6-4
Compensation ……….…………………………………… 6-4
Encoder Mounting …………….………………………… 6-4
APPLICATOR INSTALLATION NOTES .............................................………
Standard …..……………………………………………… 6-5
Dual Action Tamp …..…………………………………… 6-5
Corner Wrap ………………………………………..…… 6-6
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GENERAL MAINTENANCE................................................................................…… 7
SCHEDULE ...................................................................................................….
DANCER ARM ADJUSTMENT .....................................................................…
REWIND CLUTCH ADJUSTMENT ..............................………………………
CHANGING CLUTCH PADS ......................................……….………………
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TROUBLESHOOTING ...........................................................................................….. 8
PRINTER SETTINGS .................................................................................................…. 9
ZEBRA PRINTERS …………………………………………………………… 9-1
DATAMAX PRINTER ……………………………………………………… 9-1
SATO PRINTERS….…………………………………………………………
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DRAWINGS AND SPARE PARTS ......................................................................….. 10
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INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION
The 3600a-PA printer applicator is a high-speed labeler used to thermally print and apply pressure sensitive
labels to moving products. A thermal transfer printer is integrated into an applicator to form a selfcontained unit that will print variable data onto a label. The printer/applicator can be mounted in almost
any position adjacent to product flow to apply labels to top, sides or bottom of products as they pass by.
Labels are supplied on rolls that consist of a liner on which the labels are held with adhesive. The labels
may be preprinted with the variable information added by the printer or blank labels with the printer
printing the entire label.
It is assumed that the reader of this manual has some experience with printer/applicators or has some
factory training. Since this manual covers the standard 3600a, the dual action tamp and the corner wrap,
some of the setup descriptions will be too general for an inexperienced technician. The following are
descriptions of some of the labeling sequences:
In Normal Tamp, Normal Swing Only (DAT) or Normal Side Only (DAT) modes, the label is
printed, dispensed out onto the label pad and held there by vacuum. When the product detect sensor
turns on, the label pad moves toward the product using a pneumatic slide or rotary actuator. When the
actuator is extended, an air blast will blow the label off the pad and onto the product.
In the Inverted Tamp, Inverted Swing Only (DAT) and Inverted Side Only (DAT) modes, the label
is printed, dispensed onto the label pad and the actuator extends. The applicator will wait in this
position until the product sensor turns on. The label is then blown off the pad onto the product.
The Corner Wrap applicator has a dedicated sequence and starts with a label on the pad. When the
product detect sensor turns on the label pad swings out under high pressure. Once the swing extend
time is finished, the swing arm goes to a lower pressure so the product can push through it. When the
tamp return sensor turns on, or low pressure timer is finished, the label pad swings home under high
pressure. Depending on how the valve bank is plumbed, there may be an air blast or the vacuum will
turn off when the swing extend time is finished.
For safe and trouble free operation, the instructions in this manual must be followed carefully during the
set-up, operation, media changes, cleaning and maintenance. Also the specified environmental conditions
must be maintained.
Electrical Supply:
108-132 Volts, 5 Amps, 50-60 Hertz, Single phase
A three-meter long, three wire cable with 1.00mm conductors
rated at 10 amperes (in accordance with CENELEC HD-21)
is provided for the electrical connection to the IEC 320
receptacle of the applicator. The end of the power cord is
terminated with a NEMA 5-15 plug.
Air Supply:
Clean and dry compressed air must be provided at pressures
80 P.S.I. with a flow rate of about 4 S.C.F.M.
Environment:
Operating temperature range is 40 to 95°F (5 to 35°C).
Operating humidity range is 20 to 85% RH, non-condensing.
Note: The model 3600a-PA is not intended to be operated in an environment
where flammable or explosive gases are present. The model 3600a-PA
MUST not be used in direct contact with food products.
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READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY. This manual includes all of the
information that you’ll need to set up the applicator under normal operating conditions. The instructions
include important safety precautions, which must not be ignored.
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS IN ORDER. The instructions are written as numbered steps that will take
you safely and efficiently through the setup process. Any steps performed out of sequence may result in a
hazard and the applicator may not operate properly.
WORK CAREFULLY. Although setting up the applicator is not difficult, it does take time. Do not rush
through the process. Careful work will produce good results.
IF SOMETHING DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY TRY SETTING UP AGAIN. Although applicator
malfunction is possible, most problems happen because the applicator was not setup correctly. If the
applicator doesn’t operate correctly, back-up and start over.
FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. The 3600-PA has been provided with a number of safety
features. Observe all safety warning and under no circumstances attempt to remove or defeat safeguards or
operate the machine in a manner contrary to the instructions.
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MACHINE TERMS
MACHINE TERMS
Adhesive Strings: Label adhesive that attaches to the label and liner while the label is dispensing onto the
label pad. They can cause the label position on the label pad to become inconsistent.
Air Assist Tube: A small diameter tube with small hole in it mounted under the peel edge. The purpose is
to direct a stream of air to help the label onto the label pad.
Air Assist: The stream of air from the Air Assist Tube.
Air Blast: A blast of compressed air that moves the label from the label pad to the product. The duration of
the blast is controlled by the Air Blast time accessible through the applicator display.
Air Filter: A device on the inlet of the air supply that removes debris from the air supply.
Applicator Type: The 3600a supports a number of different applicator noses. With each nose assembly,
the applicator can change the sequence of labeling which is referred to as an applicator type. The different
applicator types are described in the display section of this manual.
Critical Alarm: An alarm that will stop the applicator from applying labels. Critical alarms include end of
web, out of labels (from printer) and no ribbon (from printer).
Cycle Time: The amount of time it takes for the applicator to print and apply a label to a product, starting
from the product detect signal.
Dancer Arm: The function of the dancer arm is to release the brake on the unwind when labels are being
printed and to stop the unwind mandrel when printing stops.
Detector Lockout: Time span after the applicator starts the labeling sequence that will cause the applicator
to ignore any additional product signals. This is useful if a product triggers the product detect sensor more
than once.
Extended Air Assist: The air assist is always on while the label is being printed (dispensed). Extended air
assist allows the air assist to stay on longer to aid in putting the label on the pad.
Extended Peel Edge: An applicator nose assembly that adds a peel edge that moves with label flow. This
will enable the back feed option to be turned off to the printer so higher labeling rates can be obtained.
Inverted Tamp Blow (ITB): A mode of operation in which the tamp pad is in the extended position
waiting for the product detect signal to start the labeling sequence.
Label Feed: The moving of the label stock through the machine.
Label Liner: The backing material that supports the labels before dispensing.
Label Manifold: The aluminum block mounted under the tamp slide. The label pad is mounted to it.
Vacuum and the air blast are channeled through it to the pad.
Label Pad: Mounted under the manifold and is usually made from white delrin. This part supports the label
before application.
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Label Placement: The time from when the product sensor is made to when the labeling sequence starts.
Label Sensor: The sensor that detects the leading or trailing edge of the label.
Label Size: The width and length (or feed) of a label. Length equals the distance from the leading edge of
the label to its trailing edge. Width is the distance across the label.
Leading Edge: Refers to the signal sent from a sensor when the first edge of a product or label is detected.
LED: Light Emitting Diode
Low Pressure Timer: The time allowed for the corner wrap low pressure, after extend, and before retract.
Normal Tamp Blow: A mode of operation where a label is dispensed onto the label pad and the applicator
waits for the product detect sensor to turn on before starting the labeling sequence.
Parity: A data bit that provides a means of checking for errors in the data stream.
Peel Edge: A machined part just before the label pad used to transfer the label onto the pad as the liner is
pulled around the part.
Rewind: This is the rotating mandrel that takes up the liner after the labels have been removed.
Static Stack: When labels are applied to a stationary target on top of each other to check repeatability of
the applicator.
Tamp/Swing Extend Time: The time allowed for the tamp slide or rotary actuator to fully extend.
Tamp/Swing Retract Time: The time allowed for the tamp slide or rotary actuator to return from its
extended position to its retracted position.
Trailing Edge: Refers to the signal sent from a sensor when the last edge of a product or a label is
detected.
Unwind: The rotating mandrel where the roll of labels is placed to be printed and applied.
Valve Bank: The typical valve bank for a tamp has three valves in it. Each valve has a built in regulator
and gauge. The assembly is made to be bolted on either side of the applicator.
Warning Alarm: This alarm serves as a warning that the applicator is low on labels or ribbon.
Web Path: The path the label liner follows leading from the unwind, through the printer and ends at the
rewind.
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3600a DISPLAY
3600a TOUCH SCREEN DISPLAY
The following description provides general information about the display and will tell the operator how to
change values, explain the meaning of different screens, and describe the different options and how to set
them up. It will cover most of the standard 3600a, the dual action tamp and most of the corner wrap.
TYPES OF KEYS
This key is for enabling and disabling the applicator. When enabled, the
applicator will be ready to apply labels. Depending on the screen, either the
center of the button will be green if enabled or just the frame.
This type of button is used to turn options on and off. The label on the button
will change to explain what is on.
This type of key is usually a “go to” button where it will take you to another screen. It
also can be used for other functions such as “jog” or “alarm reset”. Colors will change
with function.
Pressing this key will take you back to the previous screen.
This button takes you back to the main menu.
ALARMS
There are two types of alarms generated in the 3600a applicator:
Warning Alarm
Critical Alarm
Warning Alarm Status Box
Critical Alarm Screen
Warning Alarms will appear in the upper right hand corner of the main menu in the status box. Since these
alarms are not serious, the applicator will not be stopped with the exception of an inhibit warning. During a
warning alarm, the amber light on the light-stack (if provided) will be turned on.
Critical alarms will stop the applicator (disable mode) and turn a red light on in the light-stack (if
provided). The alarm screen will cover the current screen explaining the alarm type. An alarm reset button
appears at the bottom of the page to clear the alarm.
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Warning Alarms
The following are warning alarms monitored by the applicator:
Inhibit – This alarm occurs when an external device inhibits the applicator from dispensing a label by
activating the inhibit input on I/O connector pin C2-12.
Low Label – This alarm occurs when the low label sensor detects that the unwind roll is nearly out of
labels.
Low Ribbon – This alarm occurs when the applicator receives a signal from the print engine that the ribbon
supply is low. If running direct thermal, this alarm should not occur.
Printer Not Ready – Will occur if the print engine is taken offline or is paused.
Comp Warning – This is a compensation alarm and occurs only when using an encoder. The PLC will
calculate the encoder velocity and make adjustments to the label placement value based on that
velocity. The faster the encoder speed, more is subtracted from the label placement. If label placement
gets to a negative number, this warning occurs telling the operator to increase the label placement
value or the conveyor speed could be slowed.
Rate Alarm – This alarm occurs only in a dual action tamp applicator and will come up if the applicator is
not ready to apply the second label by the time the second label placement value is complete. The
problem can be corrected by increasing the print speed, lowering the actuator times for the first label
application, or increasing the second label placement value.
Bad Label on Pad – This warning occurs when using RFID option and jogging a label onto the label pad
while the applicator is disabled. It will notify the operator the label just printed was bad.
Critical Alarms
The following are the critical alarms monitored by the applicator:
End Of Web – This alarm occurs when the end of web sensor detects a break in the web.
No Media – This alarm occurs when the print engine runs out of labels or ribbon and sends a signal to the
applicator PLC.
Too Many Ejects in a Row – This alarm occurs when using RFID option and the number of ejects in a row
passes the Eject Alarm Count value.
Ejected Label Stack Too High –This occurs when in RFID mode and the label count for the eject paddle is
greater than the Eject Stack Preset value.
CHANGING VALUES
Values that may be changed are shown in boxes displaying the current value. In the example below, label
placement is shown to have a value of 2.125”. To change this value, the operator will touch the screen in
the label placement field and a keypad will appear to the side of the variable. The figure to the right shows
what the display should look like after touching the variable field. You can see the field that is being
changed is highlighted. Also the numeric keypad has appeared to the right of the variable. As you touch
numbers on the keypad, the new value is input to the variable box. Pressing “ENT” will finish the process
and pressing “ESC” will allow you to escape without changing the value.
Note: In most cases, an out-of-range value will not produce a warning message but the variable will
return to the original value after pressing “ENT”.
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PASSWORD
The Setup Section of the display is password
protected. The standard 3600a password is
“1800”. Pressing the setup key at the main menu
will cause the screen to the left to appear.
This screen notifies the operator that the area is
password protected. Here the operator can
choose to go back to the main menu or continue
with password entry by touching within the box
on the left to activate the keypad
When you touch a number on the keypad, it will
highlight. This is the only indication that a key
was pressed since the password is not displayed.
If you know you’ve entered a wrong number,
press “C” to clear what you have and start again.
“ENT” finishes the process.
If the wrong password was entered, the screen to
the left appears. The screen will appear for
three second and then return to the first
password screen.
Pressing this key will display web paths for both right and left hand applicators as well as a
threading diagram for Sato and Zebra print engines. This key is not enabled if the applicator
is enabled. There is more information on this key in the Applicator Setup section.
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MAIN MENU
The main menu is divided into four sections.
The upper right corner of the display is a status
window. The purpose of this box is to inform
the operator of the state of the applicator. The
screen shown to the left appears immediately
after going offline. If the applicator is online
with no alarms, the status window will have a
green background with the label rate displayed.
If a warning alarm occurs, the background
changes color and a message will appear
indicating the nature of the alarm. Specific
warning alarms were discussed previously.
The upper left side of the screen will change based on application type or whether the certain options are
on. The line of text above the enable/disable button describes the apply type or sequence so the operator
knows how it is setup. The enable/disable button will be shown as above if External Print or Blank Label
options are not on. If these options are on the button above will be replaced with the following:
The
was added because these options can add behavior that would not normally be expected. Pressing
this key will take you to a help screens to describe the option that is on and explain some of the issues you
may be seeing.
The lower left corner is for label placement and this will change depending on applicator type and whether
the encoder is on or off. If the encoder option is on the units will be in inches but if off the units are in
seconds. If this was for a dual action tamp it will display placement for swing and side placement in the
order they occur in the labeling sequence. If this was a corner wrap, there would be no placement.
The lower right corner has buttons that gives access to important functions and variables needed to operate
the applicator. These buttons are consistent between the different 3600a applicator types.
Jog –If the applicator is enabled, the jog will cycle the applicator just like it was applying a label
to a product. If the applicator was disabled, it would just blow and print another label.
Note: The jog button on a DAT only works when the applicator is disabled
Tamp Override –When on, the tamp slide will extend which helps with setups and changing labels.
Note: Not active while the applicator is enabled.
Alarm Reset –Resets warning alarms.
Setup Menu –Gives access to the setup parameters
The display is equipped with a backlight saver function that automatically turns off the backlight after 60
minutes of inactivity. Pressing any part of the display will turn the backlight on again. Also, the applicator
will initiate a backlight wake-up in response to any critical alarm condition. The later feature insures that
the operator has a visual indication of a critical alarm condition in systems without a light-stack assembly.
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SETUP MENU
Because the setup menus are password-protected,
pressing the setup key at the main menu will cause a
password screen to appear. Entering the correct
password will cause the setup menu to come up.
From here the operator can go to the different setup
sections. The operator can also bring the applicator
online while he changes the setups.
APPLY SETUP
The apply setup menu is accessed from the setup menu by pressing the apply setup key. The apply setup
section gives the operator access to variables on the applicator that pertain to the applying a label.
The following items may be changed in this section:
Air Blast
Product Clearance
Apply Retract
Extended Air Assist
Apply Extend
Foldover Timers
RFID Variables
Air Blast -The air blast time is the interval of time that the air blast valve is turned on. Allowed values are
.010 - 1 second.
Extended Air Assist -The extended air assist time is the interval of time after the print is complete until the
air assist is turned off. It is used to help get the label in place on the label pad prior to being blown onto the
product. Allowed values are between .001 - 1 sec.
Product Clearance –This is the time or distance traveled after the last label in the sequence has been
applied until the applicator will react to the product detect sensor. This is used to filter out multiple product
detect signals from a single product.
Extend Time –Extend timer will have different names based on the type of applicator but is the allowed
time for the actuator (rotary or linear) driving the label pad toward the product to get into position. If this
was a DAT, then there would be one for the rotary actuator and one for the linear slide.
Retract Time –As with the extend timer, there will be different names but is the allowed time for the label
pad to get home before a label is printed. If this was a DAT, then there would be one for the rotary actuator
and one for the linear slide.
Foldover Timers –This option is only in the standard applicator and the timer values only appear when the
foldover option is enabled. The foldover timer descriptions are in the option menu in the display section of
the manual.
RFID Variables –This option is only available in the standard applicator and will appear only if the RFID
option is turned on. The RFID variable descriptions are in the option menu in the display section of the
manual.
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ENCODER SETUP
The encoder option is useful when the velocity of the product
varies or you want to be able to setup label placement in inches
verses trying to figure out the time value. The applicator uses
three of the four signals from an encoder for speed calculations
and to verify the encoder is turning the correct direction.
Encoder Direction –The block beside the home button will tell
you whether the encoder is spinning in the correct direct. If
reversed, switch the A+ and A- wires inside the applicator or
remount the encoder so it is spinning in correct direction.
Encoder Option –The encoder option button is for turning this option on and off. If the option is on, the
button will be green and the verbiage on the button will say it is on.
Pulse Length -The distance the product travels per pulse of the encoder. The pulse length may be
calculated using the following formula:
Pulse Length = (Distance Product Moves / Encoder Pulses / Rev)
EXAMPLE: An encoder is mounted to a conveyor drive pulley and the circumference of that pulley is
12.00”. Therefore, with one revolution of the encoder, the product on the conveyor will travel 12.00”. The
encoder is a factory-installed encoder generating 2500 pulses per revolution.
Pulse length = 12.00” / 2500
Pulse length = 0.0048 in/pulse
Velocity Filter – Velocity filter is the time the PLC takes to average the velocity of the encoder before
acting on it and in most cases, should not be changed from factory set values. The higher the number, the
more stable velocity is display but the reaction to a speed change will be slower. The lower the value, the
faster the applicator will respond but the displayed value will be erratic. Look for a balance if you feel you
have to change it.
Compensation - Compensation is a number that functions within a formula to reduce the label placement
value based on the encoder velocity. When products move faster on the conveyor, the label application
must begin sooner to compensate for the static times of the application. When selecting a value for rate
compensation, start at 0.0048. Apply labels to the product at a slower speed. Then run the product at
production speeds or faster. If the labels are applied in the same place, the compensation is correct. If the
labels move back at higher speeds, INCREASE THE COMPENSATION. If the labels move forward,
DECREASE THE COMPENSATION. Whenever the rate compensation value is adjusted, it is advisable
to re-run the product at various speeds to make sure that the labels are applied in the same position.
Notes: 1) Label placement units with the encoder option on are in inches, not seconds.
2) The encoder option will not be accurate with a normal tamp applicator
(should be inverted).
3) It’s important to make sure that the applicator is setup properly so labels are dispensed
consistently.
4) If product speeds are too fast causing the compensated label placement to lag behind the
current label placement, a warning will be given to raise the label placement value.
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OPTION MENU
Here an operator can turn options on and off and if there are variables tied to the options, they can be
changed. Option screens will be different between the standard, dual action and corner wrap versions.
3600a Standard
3600a Dual Action Tamp
Tamp Action –Depending on whether the applicator is standard or dual
action will determine how many different apply sequences are available
and how to change them. If the applicator was a dual action tamp, the tamp
action would be changed from its own screen that looks like the screen to
the right. The standard only has two choices and is changed with the Tamp
Action button. The following is a list of the different apply types and their
sequences:
Normal Tamp Action (Side Apply Only/Swing Only on DAT are the same)
Apply Signal >>> Label Placement >>> Extend Actuator >>> Blow and Retract Actuator
>>> Print Label
Inverted Tamp Action (Inverted Side Apply Only/Inverted Swing Only on DAT are the same)
Print Label >>> Extend Actuator >>> Apply Signal >>> Label Placement
>>> Blow and Retract Actuator >>> Print Label
Leading Edge DAT
Apply Signal >>> First Label Placement >>> Swing Label Pad >>> Blow and Retract Swing
>>> Print Label >>> Second Label Placement >>> Tamp Label Pad >>> Blow and Retract Tamp
>>> Print Label
Trailing Edge DAT
Apply Signal >>> First Label Placement >>> Tamp Label Pad >>> Blow and Retract Tamp
>>> Print Label >>> Second Label Placement >>> Swing Label Pad >>> Blow and Retract Swing
>>> Print Label
Inverted DAT
Print Label >>> Extend Swing >>> Apply Signal >>> First Label Placement
>>> Blow and Retract Swing >>> Print Label >>> Second Label Placement >>> Tamp Label Pad
>>> Blow and Retract Tamp >>> Print Label
Corner Wrap (only one choice)
Apply Signal >>> Swing Pad Out >>> Go To Low Pressure >>> Tamp Return Product Sensor or
Low Pressure Timer complete >>> Swing Pad Home >>> Print Label
Instant P/A Option –This is only available on the standard 3600a setup for normal tamp action. With this
option on, no labels will be printed until the product detect input turns on. The applicator then prints the
label and applies it to the product. This option will be useful when the applicator is integrated into a
workstation.
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Rate Alarm –In a dual action tamp, if this option is on and the second label placement becomes true before
there is a label on the pad to be applied, a rate alarm will be generated. If off, there will be no alarm.
X6 Set To Inhibit/External Print – The inhibit input on the applicator can be setup to inhibit the start of
an apply cycle or it can be used to hold the printing of the label until a specific moment. If inhibiting the
applicator, it is important to know that once a sequence starts, it will finish. It will not stop mid-apply. With
it set to external print, the applicator will not print a label until this input is on. External print option is used
with the vac-off option many times to save air.
Label Reissue -When the label reissue option is turned on it allows the applicator to reprint the last label
format sent to the printer until another label format is received. To use this option with a Zebra printer the
operator must enable the reprint option in the Zebra menu. With the Zebra printer, the label reissue option
will continue to reissue the original format sent to the printer until this format is manually cancelled with
label software and a new format is sent down.
To use this option with an M8400 series Sato printer the operator must turn DSW 3-8 on. If using S8400
series Sato print engines, the operator has to enable External Reprint in the Advanced Mode settings of the
print engine. With all Sato printers, the label reissue option will print the last format sent until a new format
is received.
Vac-Off - This option is used to turn the vacuum to the label pad on and off to save air and to keep
particles from entering the pad when there is no label available. When the option is on, the vacuum will
turn on when the air assist is on and turns off at the beginning of the air blast.
Note: The applicators are pre-wired and logic is provided for this option but there is still some
hardware items needed to make this option work (i.e. valve bank). Please consult your distributor for
the necessary items when installing this option in the field.
Power Up Disabled/Enabled - This option lets the operator chose whether the applicator is enabled or
disabled on power-up.
Swing Back Input/Timer –In the Corner Wrap sequence when Swing Back is set for Input, the Swing will
return once the Swing Back input is turned on. When Swing Back is set for Timer, the Swing will return
when both the Swing Extend and Low Pressure times are completed.
More Options
Again there is a difference between the standard and dual action tamp menus. In the DAT, the applicator
type has been discussed.
Tamp/Swing Return –This is only for the dual action tamp applicator, it will enable one of the encoder
inputs to act as a tamp return input. When using this, the encoder option will be turned off. It is also
important not to plug an encoder into the encoder connector.
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3600a DISPLAY
Rewind Setup –The screen to the right shows the rewind
setup for a standard 3600a. The dual action tamp version
does not have the powered rewind option.
Powered Rewind –This is for the high capacity rewind that is
installed when using the 16 inch unwind. Because the rewind
sequence is different, this must be turned on if the large
rewind is installed on the applicator.
Delay On/Delay Off –When using the standard rewind, the delay on time starts when the print engine starts
to move. After the delay on time, the rewind motor turns on. The delay off timer starts when the print
engine stops moving and when complete, the rewind motor is turned off. The best setup is “0.00” for delay
on and “1.00” for delay off.
Tamp Sensors –This is only in the standard 3600a.
Tamp Home Mode –With the tamp home mode off, the
applicator will look at both the retract time and the tamp
home sensor to turn the tamp home output on and to start
printing another label. If the option is on, then the
applicator only looks at the tamp home sensor. This is
helpful when reaching into a machine to label and
knowing when the label pad is home and out of the way is
important.
Tamp Return Input –By default the applicator treats the tamp return input as if the sensor or switch is
normally open. For those times when the logic is reversed, you can set the input to normally closed.
Foldover Option –The standard 3600a can control a
foldover station. The foldover has a dedicated input to start
the sequence so it will run independent of the labeling
operation.
Fold delay On –This is the time from the fold product
detect until the fold valve turns on.
Fold Extend –This is how long the fold valve is on.
Fold Retract –This is how long the applicator will wait
before acting on another fold product signal.
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3600a DISPLAY
Crossover Option –The standard 3600a can support crossover.
Crossover is when two applicators are installed on a line where the
applicator farthest upstream is setup as the primary applicator. It will
attempt to label every product that goes by. The other applicator is
mounted downstream and is setup to be the secondary head. It will start
labeling when the primary is disabled or has a critical alarm. In this
sequence, the secondary does all the work. The applicators are tied
together with a crossover cable and the secondary monitors the primary’s
product detect and ready signals.
If the crossover option is enabled the product counter screen
will display the number of products between the two heads
(only in the secondary head). When setting the crossover up, it
will be a good idea to monitor this screen to verify the sensors
are not double triggering.
Note: Disabling and enabling will reset the Products
Between count.
Sequence of Operation
Before starting the crossover, make sure both applicators are setup to apply labels in the correct location. It
does not matter for the primary but you might have to turn the crossover off so the secondary can be run to
verify the label application.
With nothing in between the primary and secondary applicators enable both. Have the secondary display
set to the Product Counter screen. Start the products down the conveyor. As each product turns the
primary’s product sensor on you should see the Products Between counter increment by one. As products
travel to the secondary when its product sensor turns on you should see the Products Between counter
decrement by one. Doing this the secondary head always knows how many products are between and
whether they are labeled or not. When the primary head is disabled or goes into a critical, the primary’s
ready signal is turned off. The secondary will push the Products Between count into an On Delay counter
and decrement it every time the secondary product sensor turns on. When this counter is less than zero, the
secondary will start labeling. If while the secondary is labeling and the primary is enabled again, the
primary starts labeling and the secondary will push the Products Between count into an Off Delay counter.
This counter will be decremented every time the secondary product sensor turns on. When this counter is
less than zero, the secondary applicator will stop labeling.
Setup Tips
1) Make sure the product detect sensors for both the primary and secondary do not trigger multiple times on
one product. This is important so the Products Between count is always correct. If the Products Between
count is a negative number then either the secondary product sensor is triggering more than once or the
primary product sensor is missing products. If the count is too high then the primary product sensor is
triggering too many times or the secondary sensor is missing products.
2) When disabling the primary head while it’s in production, do it right after you hear it blow a label on to
the product. This is about the same time a critical alarm would occur.
3) When enabling the primary head while the secondary is labeling, try to enable when there are no
products in front of the primary product sensor.
4) If the primary is disabled, do not enable again until the secondary has started labeling. In the same way if
the primary is enabled while the secondary is labeling, do not disable the primary until the secondary stops
labeling. It is important for all transfers to be completed before another transfer occurs.
5) This only works when labels are batch printed. Not for on-demand printing.
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3600a DISPLAY
RFID Option –The standard 3600a will support an
eject mechanism to get rid of labels the printer has
deemed bad. When this option is on the applicator will
monitor the Bad Read input on the PLC during the
printing of the label. If the input turns on, the eject
sequence starts. If too many ejects occur in a row, the
applicator will go into a “Too Many Ejects” alarm. The
applicator also keeps track of the number of labels on
the eject paddle and if the number gets too high the
applicator goes into a “Stack Height Too High” alarm.
Eject Sequence
The applicator gets an apply signal and applies the label
on the pad. When the label pad returns home and a
signal is sent to the printer to print another label, the
applicator controller will start to monitor the Bad Read
input. If the input turns on, the applicator will turn the
eject valve on for the Eject Extend Time. Once the timer
has finished the applicator waits for the label to finish
printing. When finished, the tamp valve turns on and
will stay on until the prox on the slide cylinder turns on.
When this occurs the tamp valve turns off and the label
is blown off the label pad. Once the label pad returns
home another label is printed. Again the applicator will
be monitoring the Bad Read input.
Setup
In the I/O diagnostics, turn the Spare Valve on. This will cause the eject paddle to extend. Now lower the
pressure to the tamp slide to about 20 lbs using the regulators on the tamp valve. Push down on the label
pad and pay attention when the cylinder prox turns on. It should turn on about 1-1/2 inches above the eject
paddle. If not move the prox up or down on the cylinder to get it. Once done, exit out of I/O Diagnostics
and go to the RFID option screen in the option menu. Set the Paddle Extend time to 0.500 seconds and the
Eject Tamp Extend time to 0.100 seconds. These are starter values and can be adjusted later. Now exit out
to the Main Menu and enable the applicator. You will need to create some bad labels by destroying a few
label tags just before they enter the print engine. Send label formats to the printer, enable the applicator and
press jog. Continue pressing the jog key until the bad tag reaches the pad and pay attention to the eject
sequence. Make sure the paddle is out before the tamp slide starts moving down but not too much time
where it slows the eject sequence. The Eject Tamp Extend is an override timer in case the applicator does
not see the cylinder prox turn on so it will be hard to determine if it’s too high. If too small the prox will not
turn on before the slide returns home. Take notice how high the label pad was when the label was blown
off. This should be about one inch and is determined by the position of the prox. You can move the prox up
or down the cylinder to get the correct position.
There are two more parameters that can be set and they are Eject Alarm Count and Eject Stack Preset. Eject
Alarm Count is the number of ejects in a row that will cause a Too Many Ejects alarm. This is here so if
there are a string of bad tags, the applicator does not continue to eject labels for a long period of time. The
Eject Stack Preset is here to define how many labels you want on the eject paddle before going into an
Ejected Label Stack Too High alarm. This alarm will remind an operator to clean off the paddle. If the
paddle is cleaned off before the alarm, the stack count can be reset through the RFID Option menu or in the
Apply Setup screen.
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3600a DISPLAY
I/O DIAGNOSTICS
This section allows the operator to monitor inputs and to manually turn outputs on and off. This section will
serve as a diagnostic tool for the technician but be aware that some of the I/O names will change between
the different applicator types.
PRODUCT COUNTER
There is a product counter that acts like a totalizing
counter. It will count every label cycle that was
initiated by the product detect sensor but will not
count jog sequences. The counter is saved and will
be restored after a power cycle. It is only reset by
using the counter reset key.
Note: This is not a preset counter where there is
some logic tied to the counter value.
Will should Products Between count is crossover is enabled
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3600a DISPLAY
FACTORY DEFAULT
There are two places where touching the screen will cause the factory default screen to come up. One is on
the software screen which appears on power up and one is on the last page of the option’s menu. This is a
password protected area and the password is “5115”.
Or
Pressing the factory default key will restore values that worked at the
factory. This may be helpful if something was turned on that caused the
applicator to stop working.
Change Password –Here you can change the password to get into the
setup area. The factory default value is “1800” but you can change it to
any numeric value up to “9999”.
Print Labels –Toggling this switches from printing labels to feeding
blank labels. When on, you cannot send label formats.
FACTORY CHECKOUT AND DISPLAY SETUP
BAR IS ONLY FOR FACTORY USE.
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REAR PANEL
REAR PANEL
CONNECTOR DESCRIPTIONS
VALVE: Valve bank connection. Valve banks are factory supplied and the current wiring will support up
to a four station valve bank..
ALARM: Alarm light connection . Alarm lights are factory supplied and the current wiring will support
up to three lights and on audible station.
PRODUCT: Product detect sensor connection.
LOW LBL: Low label sensor connection.
EOW: End of Web sensor connection.
COM: Communication port of the printer and can be serial, parallel, Ethernet or USB.
DISPLAY: For the display connection.
ENCODER: For an encoder to plug into. There is 24 VDC at the connection to power the encoder.
I/O: This connector can be used for integrators to monitor applicator alarms and functions. It is important
to remember that inputs to the 3600a are wired for 24 VDC NPN devices. This means when the device
signal goes to 0 VDC, the applicator input will turn on. All outputs are 24 VDC NPN which means when
they turn on, the applicator signal goes to 0 VDC.
Note: The max current for all the applicator outputs are 80ma. There are multiple outlets for some of the
outputs so it is important to total the current draw of all devices using a certain output.
EXAMPLE: The applicator has an alarm light that uses 45ma and it tied to the critical alarm output.
A customer wants to monitor the critical alarm output and ties a relay through the I/O port that
draws 50ma. The two devices together can cause the critical alarm output to burn out.
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REAR PANEL
I/O Port Pin Definitions
The following is a list of the pre-wired functions of the I/O port. If other functions are needed (i.e. tamp
home switch), they can easily be added. All outputs are NPN (sinking) with 80 ma load. Inputs are also for
sinking devices.
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Pin #1 (DC Power): 0 VDC
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Pin #2 (DC Power): 24 VDC at 200ma
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Pin #3 (System Ready): If there is no critical alarms, the tamp is enabled, inhibit input off, and the
printer is online, the ready output is on. (24 VDC sinking output at 80ma)
•
Pin #4 (Warning Alarm): This output will turn on when the applicator receives a low label or low
ribbon signal. The signal will stay low until the alarm is reset. (24 VDC sinking output at 80ma)
•
Pin #5 (Critical Alarm): This output will turn on when the applicator receives a no labels or no
ribbon signal from the printer or if the end of web sensor is made. The signal will stay low until
the alarm is reset. (24 VDC sinking output at 80ma)
•
Pin #6 (Tamp Valve): This output parallels the tamp valve and can be used for monitoring a
sequence. (24 VDC sinking output at 40ma)
•
Pin #7 (Tamp Home): The output turns on when ever the tamp home switch is made or the tamp
retract timer times out. (24 VDC sinking output at 80ma)
Note: Tamp home switch is an option and is purchased separately
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Pin #8 (Label on Pad): After a label has finished printing, the controller will look at the output of
a vacuum switch to see if the label is on the pad. If so, the output turns on.
(24 VDC sinking output at 80ma)
Note: Vacuum switch is an option and is purchased separately
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Pin #9 (Air Blow Valve): This output is on when the air blow valve is on and can be used for
monitoring a sequence. (24 VDC sinking output at 40ma)
•
Pin #10 (Air Assist Valve): This output is on when the air assist valve is on and can be used for
monitoring a sequence. (24 VDC sinking output at 40ma)
•
Pin #11 (Product Detect): Taking this input low will start the labeling sequence of the applicator.
•
Pin #12 (Inhibit/External Print): This input will either stop the applicator from applying labels or
will enable the print engine to print depending on how the input is configured.
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APPLICATOR SETUP
APPLICATOR SETUP
When an applicator is shipped, it may be necessary to remove some assemblies in order to fit in the box.
The following section will show different assemblies to aid in putting the applicator back together so it can
be set up.
Unwind Assembly
The unwind assembly mounts to the applicator by fastening the two unwind mounting plates to the unwind
assembly and to the applicator face in alternate positions to suit various orientation and clearance
requirements. The two plates are held together using four flat head screws. One end of the two mounting
plates fasten to the unwind bearing block with three flat head screws, and the other end fastens to the
applicator face with four screws. The mounting plates can be configured so the unwind can be positioned in
different locations to aid in certain applications.
(unwind assembly)
Unwind disks
The unwind disks include a Lexan disk and hub screwed together. The inboard assembly will have two
holes in the disk for the low label sensor. The outboard assembly will have a solid disk and hub assembly
that includes a ratchet handle for locking it in place. Place the inboard assembly so that the inside face of
the disk is approximately 7/8” from the applicator face. This should match the web path of the printer.
When fastening the disk assembly to the unwind shaft, make sure the set screw is engaging against the flat
of the shaft. Position the loose hub just short of the label width. This hub is for supporting the outboard
end of the roll of labels. The outboard disk assembly will slide onto the shaft against the roll of labels and
will lock in place by tightening down the ratchet handle.
Note: When the applicator is in the reels-up position, an aluminum inside disk will be provided
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Air Filter Installation
When the applicator is shipped, the air filter is off. The filter is sent with two 2” nipples and an elbow.
The attitude of the machine will determine how the filter should be plumbed.
(Valve Bank)
Note: In all cases it is important to have the filter bowl pointing down.
Valve Bank
If the valve bank was removed and needs to be re-mounted, decide on which side of the applicator the
valves should be mounted. Normally, the valves are mounted on the opposite side from the applicator
nose. In a nose up application, it may be best to position the valves on the same side as the applicator nose.
Mount the valve bank by putting two ¼ shcs. through the two clearance holes on the side of the labeler
housing. The bolts then screw into the valve bank mounting plate. Run the air lines into the manifold
below the valve bank or directly into the applicator nose if the valves are mounted on the side as the
applicator nose.
Note: If there is special mounting for the valve bank, there should be factory drawings that come with
the applicator showing it. If there are any questions, call the factory for help.
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Standard Tamp Assembly
There are two types of standard tamp assemblies but they mount the same. One is a swing-away style to aid
in print head maintenance while the other is stationary. It would be rare that either style would be removed
before shipping but even so they will have to be adjusted.
Stationary Standard Tamp Assembly
Swing-Away Tamp Assembly
The assembly is held on by two ¼ shcs. marked as in/out adjustment in figure 3. These same two bolts will
allow the label pad to be moved closer to the printer peel edge. To raise or lower the label pad, loosen two
¼ shcs. in the slide body (marked as up/down adjustment in the figure below). The label pad and manifold
can be moved side to side using the four #10 shcs. in the manifold. The position will change slightly
between the Sato and Zebra printers.
Run the air line from the “A” port of the tamp valve to the top cylinder port, and the “B” port of the valve
to the bottom cylinder port. The label manifold is plumbed to the “A” port of the air blast valve. The “A”
port of the air assist valve is connected to the assist tube inside the machine.
Note: If the valve bank is mounted opposite the applicator nose, it
will be plumbed into the manifold on the side of the machine.
(standard tamp assembly)
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Extended Peel Edge Assembly
This nose assembly is used when it is desired to disable the backfeed
option on the applicator to gain more labels per minute. With the
backfeed off, the leading edge of labels will stop in different places
with different length labels. To overcome this, the print engine is set
to stop the label with the label leading edge under the print line of the
print-head, and the tamp assembly is adjusted to where the label stops
at the extended peel edge for proper dispensing.
Note: With this type of arrangement, there will always be one or
more labels between the print-head and the extended peel edge.
The extended peel edge assembly is mounted on the label feed side of the applicator using four ¼ shcs. and
two 3/16 dowel pins. There are also two ¼ shcs. used to mount the two guide rods to the side of the
machine. To move the label pad closer to the peel edge, loosen the two 1/4 shcs. marked as tamp in/out
adjustment in the figure below. When the label pad is in position, re-tighten the screws. To raise or lower
the label pad to the peel edge, loosen the two ¼ shcs. in the slide body (marked as up/down adjustment).
The label pad can be moved side to side using the four #10 shcs. in the manifold. To move the whole
assembly in or out so the peel edge lines up with the leading edge of the label, loosen the clamping screws
on the guide rods and turn the assembly adjustment knob. Tighten all screws when finished.
The plumbing will be the same as the standard tamp assembly except for the air assist. Instead of it
plumbing into the air assist tube from inside the housing, the air assist will mount opposite the faceplate on
the peel edge and air will be plumbed at the mounted bracket (see picture above).
(extended peel edge assembly)
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Swing Tamp Assembly
This assembly is used to apply labels to the leading or trailing edge of products. The assembly is held on to
the side frame by four ¼ shcs. marked as side to side adjustment in the drawing below. These same four
bolts will allow the assembly to move across web path to line the label to the pad. To raise or lower the
label pad, turn the retract position adjustment screw on the rotary actuator. Moving the label pad closer to
the peel edge is done by loosening the in/out adjustment screws. These also hold the actuator to the
mounting bracket.
When plumbing the actuator, air that enters on a side on the top rack must also enter the lower rack on the
opposite end. The “A” port on the tamp valve needs to connect to the top rack port farthest away from the
applicator body and the lower rack port closest to the body. The “B” port will provide air to the other two
actuator ports. The air blast and air assist valves plumb the same as the standard tamp.
(swing tamp assembly)
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Media Loading
The following are tips for loading labels and ribbon on the applicator. If there are questions about how the
media wraps around rollers or how it goes through the print engine, there is a key at the setup password
screen the will display the different web paths for both the applicator and print engine. To access thee
screens, press the setup key at the main menu.
Pressing the key with the roller on it will bring up the screen
shown below. You can use the arrow keys to scroll through
different configurations until you find one that matches your
applicator.
You can also touch the Sato or Zebra part of the print engine
in the web path drawing and a screen will show the ribbon and
label paths.
Ribbon Loading
1- Press the tamp override key at either the main menu or on the web path screen (refer to the display
section of this manual). This will extend the tamp slide so the pad and manifold will not be in the way
of opening the print-head. If using the extended peel edge or a swing-away mount, disabling the
applicator is acceptable.
2- Open the printer cover.
3- Refer to the printer manual for ribbon loading instructions.
Label Loading
1- Press the tamp override key at either the main menu or on the web path screen (refer to the display
section of this manual). This will extend the tamp slide so the pad and manifold will not be in the way
of opening the print-head. If using the extended peel edge or a swing-away mount, disabling the
applicator is acceptable. Loosen the ratchet handle that locks the outer unwind disk in place and
remove disk.
2- Load a roll of labels onto the hubs on the unwind shaft. Make sure the labels are against the inner disk
and are right side up.
3- Remove the first three feet of labels from the liner.
4- Thread the label stock around the dancer and guide rollers into the printer. Refer to the figure below
for the web path from the unwind to the printer. Refer to the printer manual as to how to thread the
printer. Make sure the liner passes between the peel edge and the air assist tube.
5- Remove the rewind pin and wrap the liner over the rewind mandrel. Replace the rewind pin and rotate
the rewind mandrel to take the slack out between the rewind and printer.
6- Make sure the labels track straight from the unwind into the printer. Adjust the inner unwind hub if
necessary.
7- Bring the guide collars within 1/64” of the liner.
8- Make sure the print head and any other latches are closed within the printer. Close the printer cover.
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Applicator Nose Setup
1- Disable the applicator (refer to display section of this manual). This way adjustments can be made
without the fear of the tamp slide actuating and injuring someone. Also load label formats into the
print engine.
2- The label stop must be properly set for the applicator to work successfully. This is done through the
printer and will be referred to as “Offset”, “Top of Form”, “Pitch Offset”, or other terms dependant on
the printer model.
a) With printing information in the buffer and the applicator disabled, press “
” to
dispense a label.
b) If the label stop is correct, the label should feed off the liner. If the next label out is
flagged past the peel edge, the label stop must be decreased. If the label doesn’t dispense
completely off, then increase label stop. Refer to the printer manual as to how to change
label stop
3- Tamp height needs to be set so a label feeds out in contact with
the label pad. If the pad is too high, the label will not land
consistently on the pad and the trailing edge of the label could
come into contact with the peel bar of the printer when the tamp
slide extends. If the label pad is too low, the label will dispense
into the back of the pad and jam.
4- The inboard edge of the label pad must match the inboard side of
the label. Refer to the side to side adjustments to move the pad.
5- Position the air assist tube so the hole or holes are centered on the label and pointing approximately
“¼” in from the front edge of the label pad. The air pressure should be set at 20-30 P.S.I. Press the jog
key to dispense a label. If the label doesn’t feed out against the label pad and the vacuum doesn’t
capture it, try increasing the air pressure. Continue until the vacuum captures the label.
Warning: There are other factors that can keep the label from staying on
label pad. You may need more vacuum, increased or decreased
label dive, or the air assist tube may need to be rotated.
6- Air pressure for the tamp slide should start at 40 P.S.I., for the air blast at 30-40 P.S.I., and for the
vacuum pump at 20-40 P.S.I.
7- Air blast time is set through the display and should be set long enough to apply a label firmly
to the product. Setting the time too high will result in lower label rate. Start at .03 seconds.
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Actuator Setup
Go to the display and enable the applicator. Press the jog key and observe the tamp action. The tamp slide
should move smoothly. If the action is fast and slams into its stops, adjust the flow controls so the action
slows. To slow down the extend speed, turn the bottom flow control (standard tamp) clockwise. The
retract flow control is on top. By turning counter-clockwise, the slide will move faster.
Note: The flow controls on the swing tamp are integrated into the rotary actuator
Actuator extend and retract times are changed through the applicator display. Refer to the display section
of this manual as to where these menus are and how to change them. Tamp extend time needs to be set so
the slide fully extends before the air blast turns on. If the blow off occurs too soon, the label application
will not be accurate. If the time is too long, it adds to cycle time and will slow label rate. Tamp return time
is the time allowed for the slide to return home before printing another label. If this time is too short, the
label will dispense into the back of the label pad. If too long it will add to the cycle time of the machine.
Note: If tamp switches are added, the tamp extend and retract times should be left high since the
switches will over-ride time values.
Changing Tamp Sequences
Changing to the different tamp sequences (tamp action) was discussed in the display section of this manual.
Accessing the difference choices is done in the options menu of the display. The dual action applicator has
seven different modes, the standard has two while the corner wrap applicator is dedicated to one sequence.
(from the standard applicator)
(from the dual action tamp)
A short summary of all the modes:
Normal Tamp Action
Inverted Tamp Action
Leading Edge DAT
Trailing Edge DAT
Inverted DAT
DAT Swing Only
DAT Inverted Swing Only
DAT Side Only
DAT Inverted Side Only
Corner Wrap
See the Display section/Options menu for more information.
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APPLICATOR SETUP
Label Static Test
It’s important to know if the applicator can repeat putting labels in the same place over and over. Without
knowing this, when label placement problems occur on the line, you won’t know whether the machine is
not repeating or the problem lies with the product.
To test repeatability, position the applicator so when the tamp is extended the label pad is approximately
1/8” away from the product. Jog several labels onto the product. If the label stack is within the tolerances
you have to work with go on to the product setup section. If not, go through the following suggestions to
help find the problem.
1- Make sure the labels are consistently stopping in the same place on the label pad. If this is OK go to
step 7; if not, go to step 2.
2- Check label stop. One label should be completely dispensed off the liner while the next label should
not be touching it. If the label stop varies more than 1/32” with each cycle, refer to the printer manual
to correct. When this is corrected, go back and try the static test again. If this was OK, go to step 3.
3- Make sure the label pad surface is clean. If clean, go to step 4 and if not, clean and try static test again.
4- Make sure the vacuum is set right. If the label flutters when feeding across the pad then the vacuum is
too high. If the label falls off or moves after the label has left the liner, then it’s not high enough. If the
label feed looks smooth go to the next step.
5- Work with the air assist pressure and the position of the air assist tube until the label feeds more
consistent onto the pad. Re-try the static test. If the results are still not good enough, go to step 6 but
if they-re OK, go to 7.
6- Make sure you are working with good label stock. Try another roll of labels and see if you get the
same results.
7- Check the distance from the label pad to the product. If the distance is too large, the labels may float
too much. Try lowering the machine so the label pad just clears the product (within 1/8”).
8- Is the label pad made for the label you’re using? Look to see if the labels are laying down flat and
stacking well. If the hole pattern does not match the label, results will be uncertain.
Note: Static testing the labels is best done with a standard 3600. If you have a dual action tamp, it can
be set to side only to do the test. The corner wrap applicator cannot do the static test.
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PRODUCT SETUP
PRODUCT SETUP
The applicator should be setup and have successfully passed the static test before continuing with this
section. If you have skipped the applicator setup section and have trouble with the application here, it will
leave you with more areas to troubleshoot while fixing the problem.
Regardless of which type of applicator nose you are using, it is important to control the product prior to
labeling. If you do not present the product to the applicator in the same position at uniform speed, label
positioning may not be consistent on the product. If necessary, install guide rails to insure products follow
the same path along the conveyor.
STANDARD PRODUCT SENSORS
The standard product detect sensors are barrel-type sensors that can be
retro-reflective, diffused or a background suppression. The picture to
the right is the diffused sensor but the retro-reflective is the same
except there is no potentiometer to adjust the gain. The background
suppression is a barrel-style but from a different model series. It will
wire the same as the diffused when changing from light to dark or dark
to light operated.
Note: The previous standard sensors had a rotary switch on the back of the sensor to change from Light
Operate/Dark operate. The new sensors must have wires moved inside the hood of the sensor connector.
6-1
PRODUCT SETUP
RETRO-REFLECTIVE SENSOR
1) Position the sensor and the reflector across from each other.
(make sure the sensor is mounted slightly upstream of the label application point)
2) Plug the sensor into the back of the applicator.
3) Power the applicator on.
4) Make sure the stability light is steady. If not, move the reflector until it is.
5) Go to the I/O diagnostic and the X0 to X7 input page and put a
product between the sensor and the reflector. If the product input turns
on in the display, then the sensor is set to leading edge apply; if not
trailing edge apply. If the sensor is not looking at the correct edge,
reverse the wires on pins 2 and 4 on the connector that plugs into the
applicator connector plate.
DIFFUSED SENSOR
This sensor does not have a reflector but will follow a similar setup as the retro-reflective sensor.
1) Position the sensor slightly upstream of the label application point.
2) Plug the sensor into the back of the applicator.
3) Power the applicator on.
4) Put a product in front of the sensor and make sure the stability
light is on. If it is not on or is blinking, turn the potentiometer until
it is. Make sure the sensor does not see things in the background
when the product is not in place. This can cause unwanted apply
signals to the applicator.
5) Go to the I/O diagnostic and the X0 to X7 input page and put a product in front of the sensor. If the
product input turns on in the display, then the sensor is set to leading edge apply; if not trailing edge apply.
If the sensor is not looking at the correct edge, reverse the wires on pins 2 and 4 on the connector that plugs
into the applicator connector plate.
BACKGROUND SUPPRESSION
This sensor has a 50mm far limit cut-off. This means it will see objects that are less than 2” away and
ignore the rest. The setup for this sensor is the same as the diffused except it does not have stability light or
a potentiometer.
6-2
PRODUCT SETUP
APPLICATOR LABELING VARIABLES
LABEL PLACEMENT
When a product detect signal is received, the product must travel
the label placement time or distance before the applicator will
apply a label. Label placement value gives you the ability to
adjust where the label is applied on the product.
More Label Placement = label moves back on the product
Less Label Placement = label moves forward on the product
Label placement can only be changed from the main menu.
PRODUCT CLEARANCE
The product clearance function is used if more than one apply
signal is generated per product. If the encoder is on, product
clearance is in inches; if no encoder then it is in seconds. The
clearance starts at the application of the last label applied. For a
standard 3600a that would when the air blast starts. For a dual
action tamp, it will be the second air blast of the labeling
sequence and for the corner wrap, it is the leading edge of the
swing return. Once the product clearance starts, the applicator
will ignore any product detect signals it receives until completed.
Product clearance can be set in the apply setup menu. More
details of this function are in the display section of this manual.
ENCODER SETUP
If the applicator can be run in an inverted mode and product
speeds are varying then adding an encoder to the applicator is a
good way to stabilize label placement. If setup properly, the
applicator will compensate the label placement position at
different speeds.
There is a good description of this option in the display section
of this manual. It discusses the meaning of the different variables
as well as how to set them up.
Notes: 1) Label placement units with the encoder option on are in inches, not seconds.
2) The encoder option will not be accurate with a normal tamp applicator
(should be inverted).
3) It’s important to make sure that the applicator is setup properly so labels are
dispensed consistently.
4) If product speeds are too fast causing the compensated label placement to lag behind
the current label placement, a warning will be given to raise the label placement value.
Even though it is stated that applicators set to normal tamp will not be accurate with speed changes, the
encoder will certainly help. What the encoder cannot compensate for is the extend time of the slide. If the
product speed stays relatively consistent, the big advantage of the encoder is the fact placement is in inches
which make it easy to determine how much to change the placement value to put the label in the correct
position.
6-3
PRODUCT SETUP
Encoder Direction
In the encoder menu, the block beside the home button will tell you whether the encoder
is spinning in the correct direct. Turn the conveyor on that the encoder is mounted to and
if the encoder is turning the wrong direction the block will turn yellow and say
“Backward Rotation”. If it is OK, the block will be green and say “Correct Direction”. If
you need to change the direction of the encoder you can remount so the direction is
opposite or switch the A+ and A- wires inside the applicator.
WARNING: CHANGE (A+) and (A-) WITH THE APPLICATOR POWERED OFF AND THE
POWER CORD DISCONNECTED FROM THE APPLICATOR.
Compensation - Compensation is a number that functions within a formula to reduce the label placement
value based on the encoder velocity. When products move faster on the conveyor, the label application
must begin sooner to compensate for the static times of the application. When selecting a value for rate
compensation, start at 0.0048. Apply labels to the product at a slower speed. Then run the product at
production speeds or faster. If the labels are applied in the same place, the compensation is correct. If the
labels move back at higher speeds, INCREASE THE COMPENSATION. If the labels move forward,
DECREASE THE COMPENSATION. Whenever the rate compensation value is adjusted, it is advisable
to re-run the product at various speeds to make sure that the labels are applied in the same position.
Encoder Mounting
The method of coupling the encoder to the conveying system is an important consideration since errors or
stress can be introduced to the system. If the encoder is coupled to a drive shaft, motor, etc., a flexible
coupling should be used to compensate for any misalignment between the shaft and the encoder. This
compensation is required because the smallest misalignment can result in high radial loads that may induce
premature bearing failure. If the encoder is connected to the machine using belts and pulleys, be careful
not to over tighten the belts.
An optional mounting kit may be purchased that has a rubber-coated wheel on the encoder shaft. The kit
comes with a mounting plate and a spring loaded pivot plate to hold the wheel against the conveyor surface.
6-4
PRODUCT SETUP
APPLICATOR INSTALLATION NOTES
In this section are some miscellaneous notes that can be used when installing an applicator to a production
line. It will not step you through every detail of an installation because every installation is different but
instead, it will give some things to look out for. We are also assuming that the person installing the
applicator is familiar with print/apply applicators or has been trained by the factory.
The applicator should have been setup, printing and applying labels statically before you start with this
section. This includes setting the correct extend and retract times for the actuators.
STANDARD 3600a
The standard 3600a is the easiest to setup because the tamp action is straight forward. First put the
applicator in the correct orientation. Move the product to the applicator making sure it is guided in the same
path and position as during a production run. Extend the label pad using the tamp override button on the
display. Now move the applicator up and down/in and out so the label pad is 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the
product surface and at the correct height if it is a straight tamp. If it is a swing tamp labeling the leading
edge of a product, make sure the pad is moved in far enough so the label is blown in the correct position.
To get the flow direction placement of the label, change the label placement value or move the product
detect sensor.
Make sure the product detect sensor is mounted upstream of the application point. Try to position it so label
placement is low. A high label placement value can slow label rate to the point you will start labeling every
other product.
DUAL ACTION TAMP (DAT)
This discussion will be about the leading edge DAT labeling sequence. The information here will help with
trailing edge and inverted DAT as long as you understand the sequence of all. Make sure all the extend and
retract actuator times have been setup before starting the installation.
Move the applicator to the line in the correct orientation. Most orientations for this type of machine are
reels-up, nose-up or nose-down. Put a product on the conveyor in the path it would travel in during a
product run. Now go to the I/O diagnostics and extend the swing tamp. Move the applicator in or out/up or
down until the label pad is in the correct position to apply the label. Lock the applicator in position and turn
off the swing valve. Now we want to set the side apply position so it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the side of the
product. Without the product in front of the applicator, turn on the side valve. If the label pad extends too
far, you will have to move the stop collars on the slide to inhibit the stroke length. Measure how much the
label pad needs to move and slide one of the stop collars down that much. Now extend the slide again but
this time move the product into labeling position. If the position looks good, then move the second collar
down while the slide is extended. If not, make adjustments.
With the applicator in position and the slide adjusted, set the product detect sensor upstream of the first
application point. Set the label placement to a small value and run the product at production speed. When
the product sensor turns on the label placement starts. After the first placement the rotary actuator will start
to extend and start the swing extend time. At the end of the extend time, the label is blown off the pad and
will start to retract. The goal is not to have the label pad hit the product so placement will have to be set so
the product is close enough to blow and stick the label while having enough room to retract and get out of
the way of the moving product. The placement value may have to be changed or the flow controls may
have to be adjusted to get more rotational speeds.
Once the leading edge application is done, adjust the second label placement so the second label is in the
correct position. You can turn the rate alarm on if you want to make sure the applicator is keeping up with
the settings. If the label position for the second label is too far back and you cannot get it to move forward,
you may have to increase the print speed, lower the extend and retract times of the first label application or
slow the conveyor. If you slow down the conveyor, you will have to make some adjustments to the first
label placement.
6-5
PRODUCT SETUP
CORNER WRAP
Standard Corner Wrap Apply Sequence
The applicator is waiting with a label on the pad and label formats in the print buffer. When the product
triggers the product detect sensor, the swing arm extends out into the product flow. At the same time, the
swing extend timer will start. At the end of the swing extend timer, the swing arm pressure will lower to
what was set on the low pressure regulator. This will cause the swing arm to act like it is spring-loaded. At
same time the pressure is dropped to the swing arm, the blow valve is turned on and remains on during the
apply cycle. This reduces the amount of label drag during the apply cycle. There could be a slight air blast
to aid in getting the label onto the product, if required. The air blast pressure is factory set to 0 psi. When
the product activates the swing back sensor or the low pressure timer is completed depending on the option
setting, the blow valve turns off, vacuum resumes to the label pad, the valve switches to high pressure, and
the swing arm returns to the home position. At the end of the swing retract timer, if formats are in the print
buffer another label is printed and fed out onto the pad. The sequence is now ready to be repeated.
Vacuum Off Apply Sequence
The vacuum off option can be useful in conserving air between label applications if only one format is sent
to the printer for each product being labeled because the vacuum will remain off until the next label is
printed and fed out onto the pad. This option also keeps dirt particles from entering the pad, which over
time will affect labeling performance. The applicator is waiting with a label on the tamp pad and label
formats in the print buffer. When the product triggers the product detect sensor, the swing arm will extend
out into the product flow. At the same time, the swing extend timer will start. At the end of the swing
extend timer, the swing arm pressure will lower to what was set on the precision regulator. This will cause
the swing arm to act like it is spring-loaded. As the pressure is dropped to the swing arm, the vacuum is
turned off to the pad. The product will travel into the label pad splitting the label so half will be applied to
the front of the product and the rest is wiped down the side. When the product activates the swing back
sensor, the valve switches to high pressure, the swing retract timer starts and the label pad returns home. If
there are formats in the print buffer at the end of the swing retract timer, the vacuum to the label pad will
turn back on as another label is printed and fed out onto the pad. The sequence is now ready to be repeated.
Setup Tips
Make sure all the extend and retract times have been setup before starting the installation. The position of
the applicator is usually reels-up. Extend the label pad using the tamp override button on the display and
move the applicator in or out/up or down so the leading edge position of the label is in the correct position
on the product. Make sure the label pad is square to the product so when the label is wiped down the side,
the label is parallel to the top and bottom of the product.
Now jog the conveyor so the product pushes through the label pad. If there is
too much force for the product to push through, lower the air pressure to the LP
valve. If there is not enough force then raise the pressure. The low pressure
regulator is mounted on the valve bank assembly and is a large precision
regulator externally plumbed into the LP valve. Getting this pressure correct
helps when labeling lighter products.
The product detect sensor, which should always be set to leading edge detection, will have to be positioned
so the applicator will have enough time to swing out in front of the product. After the extend time, the
tamp/swing pressure will be reduced so the product will drive through the swing arm and the air
blast/vacuum valve will turn on. The swing arm will stay extended to fold the label around the product until
the swing back sensor sees the product. This sensor should be positioned so the swing arm stays in contact
to the product until the label is finished being applied.
Note: There is no label placement timer for this application type.
6-6
MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE
DISCONNECT AIR AND POWER TO THE APPLICATOR BEFORE
PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES. INJURY FROM
MOVING PARTS AND/OR ELECTRICAL SHOCK MAY OCCUR.
GENERAL MAINTENANCE
Daily Maintenance
1- Clean the print head and platen roller each time you change ribbon. Refer to the printer manual for the
correct procedure and additional daily checks.
2- Examine the air filter for water or oil collection. Drain if necessary.
3- Examine the tamp pad and the rollers used to guide the web for adhesive build up. Clean if needed
with alcohol or similar solvent.
4- Look for loose screws, rollers, etc.
Weekly Maintenance
1- Clean peeler bar, rollers, and tamp pad.
2- Examine machine for air leaks.
3- Wipe down the outside of the applicator and product detect lens.
4- On extended peel edge noses, check the uhmw tape on the peel edge for wear or nicks. Replace if
needed.
Semi-Annual
1- Replace filters.
2- Check vacuum pump for an accumulation of debris. Replace if necessary.
3- Examine pulleys, belts and rewind clutch for wear.
7-1
MAINTENANCE
DANCER ARM ADJUSTMENT
DISCONNECT AIR AND POWER TO THE APPLICATOR BEFORE
PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES. INJURY FROM
MOVING PARTS AND/OR ELECTRICAL SHOCK MAY OCCUR.
The figure below shows the layout of the unwind brake band. It’s important that the brake stops the unwind
from turning but if it’s too tight the printer will have a hard time pulling the web off when the label roll
nears the end.
Note: Even if the unwind brake is adjusted properly, it will be of little value if the core of the
label roll slips on the unwind hubs. Making sure the unwind disks are tight against the
roll of labels will help.
1- Hold the dancer arm in the position it should be when the brake is on. Loosen the collar that the brake
band is anchored to, rotate it so the band is tight and tighten back down. Make sure the brake band is
wound in the right direction.
2- Loosen the collar with the spring anchor and tighten so the dancer arm is held up with enough tension
to stop the unwind from turning. It should not be so tight as to create too much “pull off” force when
the printer is running as this may cause print registration problems.
3- Check the performance of the unwind with a full roll of labels and a small diameter roll. Make
adjustments as necessary.
(adjusting brake band)
7-2
MAINTENANCE
REWIND CLUTCH ADJUSTMENT
DISCONNECT AIR AND POWER TO THE APPLICATOR BEFORE
PERFORMING THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES. INJURY FROM
MOVING PARTS AND/OR ELECTRICAL SHOCK MAY OCCUR.
The rewind is used to take-up the liner leaving the printer (after the labels have been dispensed). It’s
important to set the rewind tension so the liner is taken up even at the end of a roll when the rewind is full.
Also, the tension should not be too high so the labels are being pulled through the print head. This will
cause poor print quality and label stop will not be consistent.
(rewind/clutch assembly)
1- Remove power and air to the machine.
2- Remove the lower stainless cover.
3- CAREFULLY remove the tension adjustment screw and all washers (NOTE: the spring is under
compression load). Keep track of how many flat washers are on the outboard and inboard sides of the
“spring washer”.
4- If the rewind tension was too tight, move one or two of the flat washers from the outboard side of the
“spring washer” to the inboard side (nested inside the compression spring). This will relieve the
pressure on the clutch pad.
If the tension was too
loose, move one or two flat washers from inside the compression spring to the outboard side of the
“spring washer”. This will increase pressure on the clutch pad.
5- Carefully re-apply the power and air to the machine and test. Re-adjust if necessary.
6- Remove power and air and replace the cover on the machine if everything tests OK.
7-3
MAINTENANCE
Changing Clutch Pads
1- Remove power and air to the machine.
2- Remove the stainless cover on the back of the machine.
3- Carefully remove the tension adjustment screw, flat washers, spring washer, spring and thrush washer.
NOTE: Keep track of how many flat washers are on the outboard and inboard sides of the “spring
washer” to maintain the same pressure on the clutch pad when
re-assembled.
4- Work the belt off the pulley/pressure plate and slip off the pressure plate.
5- Replace the clutch pad.
6- Re-assemble and adjust the tension for the new clutch pad.
Belt Tension
1- Remove power and air to the machine.
2- Remove the stainless cover on the back of the applicator.
3- Proper Tension: 1/4”- 3/8 ” Belt Deflection.
4- Loosen the two ¼” socket head cap screws that bolt through the side of the rewind motor mount
assembly to the faceplate of the applicator.
5- Push the rewind motor assembly up and re-tighten the two ¼” socket head cap screws.
6- Replace stainless cover.
7-4
TROUBLESHOOTING
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SOLUTION
Nothing works.
Power cord is loose, defective or
not plugged in.
Inspect the cord to find the
problem.
A.C. line fuse blown.
Bad power supply.
Find the cause of the electrical
short and correct.
Check power supply.
Cables are not plugged into
display.
Printer turned off.
Make sure cables are plugged
in.
Turn the printer on.
Power cord going to the printer is
disconnected.
Labels are not threaded correctly.
Inside the applicator, plug the
printer power cord in.
Re-thread labels.
Unwind/rewind disks or guide
collar not aligned with printer.
Adjust disks and collars so the
labels flow through the printer.
Adhesive build-up.
Clean as necessary.
Label jammed in printer.
Clear jam.
Bad roll of labels.
Vacuum pump not working.
Replace label roll.
Clean or replace pump.
Too little or too much vacuum.
Adjust vacuum pressure.
Air assist too high or too low.
Adjust air pressure.
Tamp pad not positioned correctly
to the peel edge.
Check with the applicator setup
section on how to position the
label pad.
Air assist tube not positioned
correctly.
Adjust the position of the air
assist tube.
Adhesive build-up on the pad.
Clean label pad.
Power switch on, printer
is on, no display.
Power switch on, display
is lit and working;
printer not on.
Label liner breaking.
Labels are not
consistently stopping on
label pad.
8-1
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SOLUTION
Labels are consistent
on the label pad, but
not on product.
Product is not consistently
presented to the applicator.
Make sure product speed is
consistent. Make sure the
product is the same distance
from the label pad every time.
Air blast is too high or too low.
Adjust the air pressure.
Product detect sensitivity or
position.
Move and adjust the product
detect sensor so it is repeatable.
Labels are blown off before tamp
is fully extended.
Enter a higher value for the
tamp extend time.
Label pad does not match the
label.
Air pressure is too low.
Install the right label pad.
Valve bank plug is not connected
to the applicator.
Connect the valve bank plug.
Valve spool is stuck.
Consult factory for the
procedure to remove spool.
Bad solenoid.
Replace solenoid.
Dwell times to short.
Air pressure is too low.
Increase dwell times through
the applicator display.
Increase air pressure.
Flow controls are closed too much.
Open flow controls.
Slide guide rods are bent.
Replace slide.
Valves do not turn on.
Tamp valve turns on
but the slide does not
extend.
Turn air pressure above 20 psi
and try again. The air assist
valve is different and can
operate at a lower pressure.
8-2
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
Machine will not
cycle.
No label formats in print buffer.
No product detect signal.
SOLUTION
Send label format.
Check printer manual for
parameters.
Verify that that the product
detect sensor works. Replace if
necessary.
Printer I/O cable not plugged in. Reconnect cable.
Label application rate
is too fast for the
applicator to keep up.
Applicator cycles at
random.
No label feed.
Printer fault.
Correct the printer problem.
The applicator is disabled
Printer is taking too long to
process data or to print label.
Enable applicator
Check software and compiling
time; increase print speed.
Excessive dwell times for air blast,
tamp extend/retract, or air assist.
Go through the setup procedure
for proper setting.
The label print and apply cycle
may be too long for the product
rate.
Loose or vibrating product detect
sensor.
Slow product rate.
Product detector alignment is
marginal.
Refer to product setup on how
to set sensor.
Loose wiring connections.
Check cables and wiring
harnesses inside applicator.
R.F. interference.
Printer is not configured correctly.
Isolate and correct.
Refer to printer manual.
No label data in print buffer.
Send label data to printer.
No external print signal sent.
Investigate and correct.
Check and correct.
8-3
TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SOLUTION
Compressed print on
labels.
Applicator unwind brake is too
tight creating too much pull
through the printer.
Loosen unwind tension.
Printing registration is
early.
Elongated print on
labels.
Printing registration is
late.
Poor print quality
Labels print
continuously without
being applied.
Alarm messages will
not clear.
“No Response From
PLC” meesage on
display.
Worn or damaged platen roller.
Replace the printer platen roller.
Applicator unwind is not properly
Adjust unwind tension.
tensioned.
Rewind has too much tension on it. Re-adjust slip clutch.
Rewind tension is too tight, not
allowing a complete back feed.
Printer configuration is wrong.
Print end signal was not received
from printer.
Re-adjust slip clutch.
Refer to printer manual.
Check printer settings.
Call factory for help.
Lost 24 vdc power supply.
Printer turned off.
Turn printer on.
The problem was not fixed before
telling the applicator to reset.
Display cable is disconnected.
Correct the problem at the
source of the alarm signal.
Check cable connections.
Bad display cable.
Replace cable.
8-4
PRINTER SETTINGS
PRINTER SETTINGS
There are a number of settings and functions in these print engines that can be turned on or off.
The following are lists of items for several printer that have to be set in order for the applicator
control to interface with the printer. Options like backfeed, direct or thermal transfer, etc. will be
up to the operator to decide how to set.
An applicator coming from the factory will have these options already turned on. If a print engine
is installed from a another source, use the printer manual to navigate the printer menu.
ZEBRA PAX & ZE 500 PRINTER SETTINGS
PARAMETER
SETTING
Print Mode
Media Type
Sensor Type
Applicator Port
Start Print Signal
Ribbon Low Output
Applicator
Non-continuous
Web
Mode 2
Pulse Mode
Active High
DATAMAX “A” CLASS MARK II PRINTER SETTINGS
PARAMETER
SETTING
GPIO Device
Error on Pause
Applicator 2
APP 2
SATO S84ex and S8400 PRINTER SETTINGS
PARAMETER
SETTING
Printer Type
External Signal
External Signal
Ext. 9 Pin Select
Dispenser
Enabled
Type 4
Mode 2
9-1
PRINTER SETTINGS
SATO M-8485SE/M-8490SE/M-8459SE/M-8460SE
Note: Pin 9 has to be defined in the service mode. It should be set to “Mode 2”.
Resetting the printer to factory default values will change this to “Mode 1” and
the applicator will malfunction.
These printers use dipswitches to setup the operating parameters. The dipswitch settings are read
on power up. Therefore any changes in the switch settings will not take effect until the printer is
shut off and powered back on.
There are two dipswitches (DSW2 and DSW3) located inside the cover. These switches are used
to set:
-Thermal transfer or direct thermal
-Label sensor enable/disable
-Head check mode
-Hex dump mode
-Single job or multi-job receive buffer
-Operation mode
A third dipswitch is located on the RS232 serial adapter card (back of the printer). This is used to
setup the serial communications.
If the switches are down, they are off. Factory settings are that all switches are off.
Parallel port is always on regardless of switch settings.
Note: The older “S” version of this printer (M-8485S) also has three dipswitches. All three
switches are mounted inside the cover. DSW1 has some differences with the “SE” model.
Checking with the appropriate manual will clarify the differences.
Dip Switches
Data Bit Selection: his switch sets the printer to receive either 7 or 8 bit data for each byte
transmitted.
DSW1-1
SETTING
Off
8 data bits
On
7 data bits
Parity Selection: These switches select the type of parity used for error detection.
DSW1-2
DSW1-3
SETTING
Off
Off
Disabled
Off
On
Even
On
Off
Odd
On
On
None
9-2
PRINTER SETTINGS
Stop Bit Selection: Selects the number of stop bits to end each byte transmission.
DSW1-4
SETTING
Off
1 Stop Bit
On
2 Stop Bit
Baud Rate Selection: Selects the data rate (bps) for the RS232 port.
DSW1-5
DSW1-6
SETTING
Off
Off
9600
Off
On
19200
On
Off
38400
On
On
57600
Protocol Selection: Selects the flow control and status reporting protocols. See Interface
Specification section in the printer manual for more details.
DSW1-7
DSW1-8
SETTING
Off
Off
Rdy/Bsy
Off
On
Xon/Xoff
On
Off
Bi-Com
On
On
Bi-com 4
Print Mode Selection: Selects between direct thermal printing on thermally sensitive paper and
thermal transfer printing using a ribbon. This switch is not used on the M-8459.
DSW2-1
SETTING
Off
Therm Xfr
On
Direct Thrm
Note: It is recommended that this be set to “Off”.
Sensor Type Selection: Selects between the use of a label gap or a reflective Eye-Mark detector.
DSW2-2
SETTING
Off
Gap
On
Eye-Mark
Note: It is recommended that this be set to “Off”.
9-3
PRINTER SETTINGS
Head Check Selection: When selected, the printer will check for head elements that are
electrically malfunctioning.
DSW2-3
SETTING
Off
Disabled
On
Enabled
Hex Dump Selection: Selects hex dump mode (refer to printer manual).
DSW2-4
SETTING
Off
Disabled
On
Enabled
Receive Buffer Selection: Selects the operating mode of the receive buffer.
DSW2-5
SETTING
Off
Single Job
On
Multi Job
Protocol Code Selection: Selects the command codes used for protocol control.
DSW2-7
SETTING
Off
Standard
On
Non-Std
M8400 Emulation Mode: For emulating special M8400S series software commands. Should be
used only if problems are encountered when using existing M8400S software.
DSW2-8
SETTING
Off
Disable
On
Enable
9-4
PRINTER SETTINGS
Backfeed Selection: Backfeed is used to correctly position the label for application and then
retract the next label to the proper print position. This operation can be performed immediately
after a label is printed and used, or immediately prior to printing of the next label.
DSW3-1
SETTING
Off
Before
On
After
Note: It is recommended that this dipswitch be left off for applicator.
Label Sensor Selection: Enables or disables the label sensor. If the sensor is enabled, it will
detect the edge of the label and position it automatically. If it is disabled, the positioning must be
under software control using line feed commands.
DSW3-3
SETTING
Off
Sensor Used
On
Not Used
Note: It is necessary to leave this switch off for the applicator to work.
Backfeed Selection: When backfeed is enabled, the printer will position the last printed label for
dispensing and retract it before printing the next label. The amount of backfeed offset is
adjustable. See printer manual for details.
DSW3-4
SETTING
Off
Enable
On
Disable
Note: When using the extended peel edge assembly, the backfeed option should be disabled. In
most other applications, it should be left on. Backfeed will slow label rate.
External Signal Interface Switches
External Print Signal Selection: Allows an external device to initiate a label print for
synchronization with the applicator.
DSW3-5
SETTING
Off
Enable
On
Disable
Note: It is necessary to leave this switch off for the applicator to work.
9-5
PRINTER SETTINGS
External Signal Type Selection: Both the polarity and signal type (level or pulse) of the external
print signal synchronizing signal can be selected.
DSW3-6
DSW3-7
SETTING
Off
Off
Type 4
Off
On
Type 3
On
Off
Type 2
On
On
Type1
Note: Use Type 4 for use with the applicator.
Repeat via External Signal: Allows the applicator to reprint the current label in the print buffer.
DSW3-8
SETTING
Off
Enable
On
Disable
Note: This has become a standard option called “Reissue” with Software Revision 2b5.0.
9-6
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR SPARE PARTS LIST
When ordering parts, present Serial Number of 3600a
3600a P/A SERIES CORE UNIT SPARE PARTS LIST
RECOMMENDED TOOL
Part Number
PE-TE6000
Recommended Qty
1
Description
WIRING TOOL
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS LIST
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
ASS-238-0124L or
1
LH 24VDC POWER SUPPLY ASSEMBLY
ASS-238-0124R
1
RH 24VDC POWER SUPPLY ASSEMBLY
PE-FU2090
1
6.3 AMP FUSE
EXTENDED SPARE PARTS LIST
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
ASS-200-0427
1
PRODUCT DETECT W/CONNECTOR
PE-RT1000
1
1"W X 6"L REFLECTIVE TAPE
ASS-238a-0126
1
3600a DISPLAY ASSEMBLY (Program specific)
MP-PLC1015
1
PLC (Program specific)
PE-RE1015
1
MOTOR RELAY
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR SPARE PARTS LIST
When ordering parts, present Serial Number of 3600a
NON-POWERED UNWIND ASSEMBLY
WEAR ITEMS (12" UNWIND)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
ASS-238-0180L or R
1
UNWIND BLOCK ASSY
PM-BB1030
1
UNWIND BRAKE BAND
PM-FASP30434
1
DANCER ARM UNWIND SPRING
REWIND ASSEMBLY
WEAR ITEMS
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-BELT1015
1
REWIND BELT
MP-238-0274
1
3" CLUTCH PAD
PM-BE1232
1
REWIND CLUTCH THRUST BEARING
PM-FASP30540
1
MEDIUM DUTY REWIND CLUTCH SPRING
16" UNWIND ASSEMBLY w/HIGH CAPACITY REWIND
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-FASP30434
1
DANCER ARM SPRING (REWIND)
PE-SE10108
1
PROXIMITY SWITCH W/ QUICK DISCONNECT
HIGH CAPACITY REWIND ASSEMBLY for 16" UNWIND
WEAR ITEMS
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-BELT1015
1
REWIND BELT
MP-238-0274
1
3" CLUTCH PAD
PM-BE1232
1
REWIND CLUTCH THRUST BEARING
PM-FASP30431
1
HEAVY DUTY REWIND CLUTCH SPRING
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR SPARE PARTS LIST
When ordering parts, present Serial Number of 3600a
TAMP SPARE PARTS LIST
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (STANDARD TAMP)
Part Number
MP-211-X217-X
Recommended Qty
1
Description
AIR ASSIST TUBE **JOB SPECIFIC** (SEE DWGS)
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (EXTENDED TAMP ASSEMBLY)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-T1010
1
PEEL EDGE TAPE (6" WIDE x 4" LONG)
MP-211-X217-X
1
AIR ASSIST TUBE **JOB SPECIFIC** (SEE DWGS)
PM-BEBF0985
1
PEEL EDGE ADJUSTMENT BUSHING
ASS-238-0143
1
ADJUSTMENT KNOB ASSEMBLY
EXTENDED SPARE PARTS (STANDARD & EXTENDED TAMP ASSEMBLY)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
ASS-238-0129M
1
TAMP 3 STATION MAC VALVE BANK ASSEMBLY
PM-VA2395M
1
5.4 WATT DC SOLENOID
PM-VA2396M
1
30 PSI REGULATOR w/0-60 GUAGE (AIR ASSIST)
PM-VA2397M
1
80 PSI REGULATOR w/0-120 GUAGE (TAMP/BLOW)
SLIDE ASSEMBLIES (STANDARD & EXTENDED TAMP ASSEMBLY)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
ASS-214-0108-1
1
1" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
ASS-214-0108-2
1
2" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
ASS-214-0108-3
1
3" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
ASS-214-0108-4
1
4" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
ASS-214-0108-6
1
6" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
ASS-214-0108-8
1
8" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
ASS-214-0108-10
1
10" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
ASS-214-0108-12
1
12" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR SPARE PARTS LIST
When ordering parts, present Serial Number of 3600a
SWING AWAY TAMP SPARE PARTS LIST
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-INS1010
1
THREADED INSERT
PM-FANU30375
1
CAPTURE WASHER
PM-LL1002
1
LOCK LEVER
EXTENDED SPARE PARTS
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
MP-238-0338
1
SS HEAVY WASHER
PM-BEBT1008
2
THRUST WASHER
PM-BEBF1070
2
FLANGE BUSHING
PM-FASB10045
2
SHOULDER BOLT
MP-238-0335
1
LOCATOR BLOCK
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR SPARE PARTS LIST
When ordering parts, present Serial Number of 3600a
SWING TAMP SPARE PARTS LIST
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (ROTARY SWING TAMP)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-SA0990
1
SHOCK ABSORBER (HOME)
PM-SA1000
1
SHOCK ABSORBER (EXTEND)
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (ROTARY SWING TAMP/CORNER WRAP)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-SA0990
1
SHOCK ABSORBER (HOME)
PM-SA1000
1
SHOCK ABSORBER (EXTEND)
ROTARY ACTUATOR
Part Number
PM-AC1250
Recommended Qty
1
Description
STANDARD DUTY ROTARY ACTUATOR
**NOTE** CONTACT SALES DEPARTMENT FOR HEAVY DUTY
ROTARY ACTUATOR
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR SPARE PARTS LIST
When ordering parts, present Serial Number of 3600a
DUAL ACTION TAMP (DAT) SPARE PARTS LIST
RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (DUAL ACTION TAMP)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-SA0950
2
SHOCK ABSORBER
PM-SA0990
1
SHOCK ABSORBER (HOME)
PM-SA1000
1
SHOCK ABSORBER (EXTEND)
PM-BELT1039
1
TIMING BELT (NOT REQ'D FOR INLINE DAT)
SLIDE ASSEMBLIES
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-AC1237
or
1
3" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
PM-AC1239
or
1
6" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
1
8" SLIDE ASSEMBLY
PM-AC1241
ROTARY ACTUATOR
Part Number
PM-AC1248
Recommended Qty
1
Description
ROTARY ACTUATOR
3600a PRINTER APPLICATOR SPARE PARTS LIST
When ordering parts, present Serial Number of 3600a
3600a P/A OPTIONS SPARE PARTS LIST
OPTIONS: RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (LOW LABEL, WEB BREAK ALARMS)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PE-LI1088
1
RED,YELLOW,GREEN LED ALARM LIGHT (BANNER)
ASS-200-0422
1
LOW LABEL SENSOR (w/o BRACKET)
ASS-200-0423
1
END OF WEB SENSOR (w/o BRACKET)
OPTIONS: RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (TAMP HOME SENSOR)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
ASS-238-0433
1
Description
TAMP HOME SENSOR (w/o BRACKET)
** CYLINDER MUST BE DESIGNATED WITH AN "E"**
OPTIONS: RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (TOUCH-AND-GO (TAG) - PROX)
Part Number
PE-SE1148
Recommended Qty
1
Description
M8 INDUCTIVE PROXIMITY SWITCH
OPTIONS: RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (VACUUM OFF OPTION)
Part Number
ASS-200-0459
Recommended Qty
1
Description
VACUUM SWITCH ASSEMBLY
OPTIONS: RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS (QUICK DISCONNECT PAD & MANIFOLD)
Part Number
Recommended Qty
Description
PM-FASSBP11000
4
BALL PLUNGERS
MP-238-0270
1
QUICK CHANGE SLIDE TRANSITION PLATE
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