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New FOX IV Label Print and Apply System Makes Debut

FOX IV’s new, high-performance automated label print and apply system will be making its debut at MODEX 2024.

FOX IV Technologies, a leader in label print and apply equipment design, will proudly introduce the FOX IV 6974 Label Printer-Applicator at MODEX 2024. With a TSC/Printronix print engine integrated into FOX IV’s upgraded Series 8 industrial design, the 6974 provides flexibility, durability and compatibility in one user-friendly automated labeling system.

The heart of the system is the TSC/Printronix PEX-2000 print engine. The PEX-2000 is designed for durability and high-performance for all types of automated labeling applications. The die-cast structure and robust metal chassis provide a stable media path for outstanding print quality and accuracy while withstanding even harsh environments. Print speeds up to 18 ips are achieved with precise label positioning.

FOX IV’s new Series 8 body design incorporates the TSC/Printronix print engine into a precision engineered center-wall that virtually eliminates label tracking or breakage.  With an upgraded heavy-duty backing rewind system, extra-large 16” OD label roll capacity, and intuitive color control displays, the 6974 is ideal for manufacturing and logistics applications where reliable, extended-run label printing and application is expected. Additionally, both the Allen-Bradley control system and addressable Ethernet I/O enable faster and easier integration into production and fulfillment lines.

The 6974 is compatible with most major label printer languages, making it simple to use in a mixed print engine environment, on a new line, or as a replacement for other labeling systems. It comes standard with TSPL-EZD printer language, which is compatible with EPL, ZPL, ZPL II and DPL. Optionally, the TSPL-EZS printer language, compatible with EPL, ZPL, ZPL II and SBLPL, can be requested. This means that whatever your current label print stream – Zebra, Datamax, Eltron, or SATO – the 6974 gives you out of the box compatibility and ease of installation for new or existing labeling applications.

Key features and options are available to customize the 6974 to meet specific application requirements. Print resolutions of 200, 300, and 600 dpi provide quality printing no matter the size or character. The optional RFID module enables encoding, printing and application of RFID tags onto products or packaging while the Ribbon Saver option maximizes thermal ribbon use, reducing cost of production and minimizing ribbon waste.

The 6974 also features a small label mode capable of printing labels as small as 5 mm in height.

Additionally, the 6974 includes many user-friendly features: Swing-away cylinder and open head design enable clear access to the print head and rollers for cleaning or threading purposes, printed label and ribbon paths allow for ease of media threading, and simple to remove printheads facilitate ease of replacement and cleaning.

Standard label application options include varying lengths of pneumatic and electric cylinders, two-panel labeling, tamp, tamp-blow, tamp-roll, and merge/wipe. Other application options such as rotary actuators, multi-axis applicators, and vacuum belt applicators are also available. For unique applications, FOX IV’s in-house engineering team can design a labeling system to meet a customer’s specific requirements.

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