The C-500 utilizes mandrels to support flexible or rigid parts to allow printing on their full length, and 360 degrees around.

C-500 Printer

Parts commonly printed on the C-500 include:

• Barrels • Bottles • Cartridges • Containers • Cups • Syringes • Tubes • Oil Filters

Be it a disposable syringe, a marker pen barrel, or a squeeze tube, the C-500 is one of the most flexible and versatile decoration systems on the market today.

The heart of the machine is a 6, 12, or 16 station servo driven index table with quick change horizontal or vertical mandrels mounted at centers around the machine.

Interfaced within are the appropriate:

Feeder / Loader
The feeding of components to the print system can be simple or sophisticated depending upon the type of product to be handled, and the production speed required. Typically hoppers and bowl feeds are utilized for smaller components, and inline conveyors or chutes for larger products.

Gas treaters or corona discharge units are commonly used to pretreat plastic components to allow the highest quality of print and adhesion. Either system can be integrated within the C-500, and both are available in many different formats and types to suit every customer's unique requirements.

Machine Types

Part Diameter min 0.175" 4.45mm
max 6.00" 152.4mm
Part Length min 0.25" 6.35mm
max 6.00" 152.4mm
Copy Length max 3.00" 76.2mm
Part Diameter min 0.175" 4.45mm
max 6.00" 152.4mm
Part Length min 0.25" 6.35mm
max 10.00" 254mm
Copy Length max 6.00" 152.4mm
Part Diameter min 0.175" 4.45mm
max 6.00" 152.4mm
Part Length min 0.25" 6.35mm
max 10.00" 254mm
Copy Length max 9.00" 226.6mm

Decoration Unit
Any decoration technology can be integrated into the C-500. For multi-color applications, we suggest a dry offset print station. This can be supplied in different widths and with up to six color heads. For single color or overcoating applications we suggest the use of rotary silkscreening, rotary hot stamping, letterflex, or flexographic printing, with each type specifically designed and interfaced to suit your own specific requirements.

Forced hot air, infrared, convection and ultra-violet curing units can be supplied to cure the appropriate ink for each customer's individual demands and requirements.

As with all Apex machines, we tailor each one to suit the individual customer's specification and requirements.

Up to 12" of copy can be printed on parts no more than 12" (304mm) in length and 6" (152mm) diameter. Production speed up to 200 parts per minute.
Electrical: 220, 380, 440 volt, single or 3-phase - 50/60 Hertz.
Pneumatics: 70-80 psi - 5 cfm.


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