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1. (WO2015048561) LABELING APPARATUS INCLUDING SPRING-LOADED APPLICATORS

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/048561    International Application No.:    PCT/US2014/057881
Publication Date: Fri Apr 03 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Sat Sep 27 01:59:59 CEST 2014
IPC: B65C 9/12
B65C 9/14
B65C 9/22
B65C 9/30
Applicants: NULABEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
PECKHAM, Randy
MEDEIROS, Michael
MEEK, Jason A.
WOODS, Michael C.
LUX, Benjamin David
MARSELLA, Andrew W.
Inventors: PECKHAM, Randy
MEDEIROS, Michael
MEEK, Jason A.
WOODS, Michael C.
LUX, Benjamin David
MARSELLA, Andrew W.
Title: LABELING APPARATUS INCLUDING SPRING-LOADED APPLICATORS
Abstract:
An apparatus and method is described herein for applying labels to containers. The apparatus includes a guidance mechanism configured to provide a path for receiving a plurality of labels (21) having a back surface (21c) with a fluid activatable adhesive (21d) that is non-tacky until activated, an adhesive activation station (54) aligned with at least a portion of the guidance mechanism and configured to apply to the back surface of said labels a fluid (19) to activate said adhesive along said back surface of said labels, and a label application station (24) configured to apply at least one of said labels with said activated adhesive onto an exterior surface of a corresponding container (20) located on a rotatable platform (22). The guidance mechanism includes at least one rotatable transfer member (50) having a plurality of pallets (52). Each of the pallets includes multiple openings for communication of suction to enable at least one of the pallets to receive and releasably secure a front of the labels onto at least one pallet, and one or more rollers (502) connected to each of the pallets by one or more tunable complaint members (508). The label application station includes a servo motor configured to drive a linear speed and a rotational direction of the platform.