CHICAGO — Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Weber Packaging Solutions Inc. this year added a swing arm to its 4300 Pro-Apply label printer-applicator, which it launched at Pack Expo last year, marketing communications manager Chris Erbach said.

The company also used the show to demonstrate its new, energy-saving Model 5300 All-Electric Corner-Wrap label printer-applicator.

“Label printer-applicators use electricity and compressed air. Well, our machine eliminates the use of the compressed air,” Erbach said. “The unit prints labels in a next-out mode, automatically removes them from their liner, and retains them by vacuum on an integrated swing arm-mounted pad.

“Unlike most conventional label printer-applicators, however, the new system creates that vacuum with electrically-operated fans instead of external compressed air.”

The pad gently applies a label to a carton’s front panel as it approaches the system, then follows around the carton’s corner and applies the rest of the label onto its adjacent side. The system is capable of print-and-apply speeds of 15 cartons per minute.