Labels are applied to the container crooked. (AP360-AP362-AP380)

Labels are applied to the container crooked. (AP360-AP362-AP380)

1. Proper Setup.  Please follow all of the setup steps in the Manual or the Setup Video. 

2. Check for Container Taper.  Some containers such as wine bottles may have a slight taper that will cause the label to be applied crooked.  You may be able to apply your label straight if you angle the container idler roller to correspond with the angel of the taper.  For example, if you normally apply labels to the bottle with both sides of the container idler roller in the third notch from the drive roller, try putting one side in notch three and the other side in notch four. Containers with a 5°-or-less taper per side have a chance of applying labels square to the container using an AP360/362 with the idler roller offset by one notch.  How well it works depends on the exact angle of the taper combined with the diameter of the container.  These two variables are interdependent, so any container in question would have to be tested on an actual unit.  Primera can test your container and labels before you make a purchase decision.

3. Roll Guides should also be positioned very close to the roll, but not squeezing any part of the roll (so the roll has very little play side-to-side between the guides).  The Roll Bar* also has some side to side movement which is normal but can be eliminated by placing a shim made of folded paper between the side frame and the edge of the Roll Bar*.

4. "Settle-in". It may take several labels to allow the label stock to “straighten-out” or “settle-in” where it will run for the duration of the roll.  It will “settle-in” quicker if you make sure to get the label stock loaded relatively square to the roll.  Once the liner is locked into place you can make small adjustments by pulling on the left or right side of the liner.  You can see that your labels are square by making sure the edge of the next label off the roll is parallel to the Peel Edge*.  Once this is square adjust the roll and Roll Guides* to line up with that point on the roll.

5. Label Liner wast should fall to the floor.  Liner waste should not be allowed to accumulate behind the applicator.  Instead route it off the back of the table/bench so that it falls to the floor.

6. Label Guides.  Make sure the label guides are in place at the back of the applicator before the peel edge. Tighten the Thumbscrews when the guides are in place. 

7. Guide Position. For larger heavier rolls make sure that the roll is positioned on top of the Roll Guides with the magnetic portions facing in.  This will minimize the chances that the heavy roll will push the guides out of place.

8. Roll Drag Arm. For lighter rolls make sure the Roll Drag Arm* is in place as described in the manual.  If you do not have a Roll Drag Arm* please contact tech support.

9. Labels on a Core. The labels must be on a cardboard or plastic Core for application to work properly.  If they are not on a core, attach them to another roll of the same size.

*Refer to page three of the manual if you need help identifying any terms used in this article.

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