Label sensor works with all material types

Paul Boughton

Lion Precision is releasing a new label sensor, the LRD8200, which uses a different technology so that it works equally well with all label and liner materials and artwork, such as paper, plastic, foil, hotstamp, clear, opaque or translucent stock.
Design goals for the LRD8200 were label versatility and ease of use. Mark Kretschmar, part of the LRD8200 development team, comments: "Many sensors use a cryptic code of flashing light patterns and buttons that must be held down for different amounts of time to achieve different setup conditions. It is no wonder people complain to us that machine operators cannot correctly adjust the sensors."

The LRD8200 has an innovative bar graph indicator that makes the setup clear to the operator. The Triple-Check Verification system enables users to simply glance at the display for verification; if the three Triple-Check lights are on, the sensor is adjusted correctly.
Sensor control is by means of pushbutton adjustments; the buttons have an activation force of only 250g so they are easy to press. The buttons are overlaid with long-life polyester so they will not wear or crack for over one million operations, and they are clearly marked with their function. The bar-graph display makes it clear how to adjust it, as Kretschmar explains: "We chose easy manual adjustment over 'teach' type adjustment because most of the people we spoke to wanted to retain some control over sensor operation. The problem with automatic 'teach' setup is that if it does not work, you are left with no options, when often a simple adjustment tweak would allow the sensor to work properly."
The LRD8200 completes the Lion Precision label sensor line with a pushbutton adjustable sensor with a wider fork for more easily sensing booklets and other thick webs, and it is compatible with all label materials. The sensor works equally well for double-sheet and splice detection also. Like all Lion Precision sensors, the LRD8200 carries a two-year warranty.
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