Watch this video to learn how to to set up your ELF-50 Tabletop Labeler.
Introduction [00:00:10] Hi, I'm Jonathan with Pack Leader USA. And today we're gonna be talking about the ELF-50 Tabletop Labeler. We'll be discussing the conveyor, the label head, the wrap station, the accumulation table, the control panel, and the cabinet that is designed specifically for the ELF series equipment and bolt to the cart to keep it secure.
Installing The Machine [00:00:34] If you've purchased the optional ELF serious cabinet, it'll come pre-installed on your ELF machine. Once you get it in place where you want it, you'll lower your leveling pads down onto the floor, take a wrench and then you'll level out the rest of the way. We do have set nuts. You'll raise those up to tighten it, to keep your leveling pads in place and keep your machine from moving. The conveyor is preset here at the factory so that it runs centered and true down the middle of the conveyor. Over the life of the machine, as the conveyor wears, you may need to make an adjustment on either side or both sides of the roller so that it centers the belt back up. If you tighten this, it's going to move the roller one direction or the other. So always be cautious to make sure that the belt is centered and tracking true.
Installing Crank Handles [00:01:28] When you receive your ELF labeling equipment, the crank handles will be removed from the handle to prevent damage. To install these, you're going to take a number five Alan Wrench, install it on the handle. Tighten it down. And now you have the ability to move the components up or down or in and out with ease.
Power & Electronic Components [00:01:50] The most important aspect of your ELF series equipment is to make sure that you supply good, clean 110 power. That's on a dedicated 15 amp outlet. This ensures a prolonged life, for each one of your components in the control panel. To go through the control panel, on each one of these specifically. We've got our power supply, which supplies the 24 Volt to our sensors. We've got the transformer, which takes 110 and steps it up to 220 for the motors that operate off 220. Our VFP that controls the conveyor. Our stepper drive, that controls of the stepper motor on the label head. Our PCV board which controls the entire machine, LCD display, and the touch panel, the on-off button, and the emergency stop.
Machine Controls [00:02:39] To turn on, make sure that your cord is plugged in. The e-stop is released, which will show more of the green. You'll then take the machine from the off-position to the on-position. All of your controls are on the touch panel, which is link-set the gap between your labels to where you need the label to stop. Then your menu button. You've got your pre-count quantity, which we can take up to a thousand or four thousand. Your label position, which once the product center reads the product, it's gonna have a delay before it dispenses. Your label on feature, which you can turn the label head on or off. And your speed select, this will run speed one through four and we currently have the printer off as we do not have a printer on the machine. You can also store memory presets which allow you to recall them whenever you change over to a different product. And then once you read a label, you'll hit the on button and you'll be often labeling.
Label Head Threading [00:03:41] When installing the labels on your ELF-50 Label Head, it's important to always reference the label wind diagram on the motor itself on the label head. To start, you're gonna put your labels on the label unwind. You're gonna go around the first roller, around the dancer arm, which releases the break. Through the felt pad that presses onto the fixed roller to create tension. To do this, you're going to loosen the thumbscrew. Turn the stainless steel shaft counterclockwise. Tighten the thumbscrew and make sure you've got tension against the label material. And then through the label sensor, behind this first roller before the peel plate, around the peel plate, around the polyurethane roller and knurl roller. It's important that you always close the knurl roller against the PU roller and then back to the clutch base take-up wind, which runs at different speeds based on the diameter of the take-up material.
Label Sensor Calibration [00:04:40] To calibrate the label sensor, it's important that you take the label off of the webbing material then advance it so only the backing papers in. We will then hold down the normal button until it flashes and then we'll let go. That's how we know that it's properly calibrated.
Label Sensor Length Set [00:04:59] We're then going to teach the machine the length of the label. We're gonna hold down link-set on the touch panel. Every time the label sensor reads the gap between the labels, the link-set will reset to zero and then count up, and we're gonna stop the label about one to two millimeters at the end of the peel plate.
Product Sensor [00:05:19] To properly calibrate your product sensor, we're going to secure the photo eye or the fiber optic that reads your product. If you follow this back to the amplifier or product sensor. To calibrate it, we're going gonna press the one button TH, and hold it down until it starts blinking. And once it blinks, you know that it's properly set. You'll then either put the product or your hand in front of the sensor to make sure that when something's in front of it, the light does come on.
Rail & Wrap Station Adjustments [00:05:52] To properly adjust the rail and the wrap station and the label head. We're gonna start with the rail and we're gonna move that into where it just touches the bottle. Move it back slightly. Tighten these thumbscrews up, then you want to make sure, too, that your label position is at the right height, you're gonna place your product in front of it and whatever the desired height is, you're going to move that label head up or down. And then the wrap station, you want to have just above your conveyor belt. So we'll move that down. And the backplate should rest just above your conveyor belt as well, especially for short products. So we'll move that down, place the product inside the wrap station and then move the backplate in, so that it's just snug on your product. Once it's snug and you can barely pull that out, it should be good. You don't want to squeeze it to where it's too tight. To make sure that everything runs through properly. We're going to turn the conveyor on to make sure that the label applies.
Wrap Station Belt Adjustments [00:06:57] The ELF-50 wrap station belt comes factory preset to be centered and have adequate tension on it so that it runs properly. If the belt stretches over time, there are screws up top and below that will allow you to put more tension on this roller to keep the belt tight. It's also important that the belt stays centered and doesn't ride up or down. You can also adjust either screw to make sure that that belt is always centered and traveling the direction it's supposed to.
Accumulation Table Option [00:07:26] Shown here is the optional ELF-50 accumulation table. This allows your products to accumulate while your operator continues to feed the machine to show how this works, we'll turn this on and label some bottles and let them accumulate.
Learn More [00:07:51] To learn more about the ELF series equipment, visit PackLeaderUSA.com.