Bell and Howell announces new Raptor Series of Labelers

Bell and Howell's Raptor labeling solution.
Bell and Howell’s new Raptor labeling solution.

Bell and Howell has unveiled its Raptor series labeling solution. The system’s high throughput and easy label roll changeover can reduce the number of labelers needed and increase the performance of a production line currently limited by traditional labelers.

“High-volume distribution centers moving variable-sized packages and parcels often face a bottleneck at the label applicator,” said the OEM. The Raptor series improves upon the throughput, reliability and ease of use of Bell and Howell’s Signature series labeling solution which was introduced three years ago.

Raptor labeler features include:

  • Throughput applies a 6” label to cartons that vary 36” in height at a rate of up to 70 packages per minute.
  • Liner-free label technology delivers 80% more labels per roll compared to traditional labelers, minimizing roll changeover and reducing waste.
  • Variable-length labels are produced by a single unit, thus eliminating the need for dedicated systems for each label size.
  • Its unique label-on-label mode allows standard label stock to be used to apply return label, packing slip and shipping labels in a stack – eliminating the labour, cost and poor reliability of alternatives.
  • Advanced technology achieves print speed of 14” per second with ANSI grade A/B barcodes for typical labels.
  • Patented high-speed label cutter is self-sharpening and auto-lubricating.
  • Modular components are replaceable in minutes, and label supply rolls can be changed in less than one minute.
  • Pivoting design allows the print-and-apply mechanism to be easily adjusted and serviced.
  • The labeler readily integrates with external systems to retrieve label data and perform high-speed tracking as well as intelligent exception handling.
Ramesh Ratan.
Ramesh Ratan.

“One of the primary goals of any distribution center operator is to move product through the facility as quickly, flexibly and efficiently as possible. Bell and Howell’s Raptor labelers help operators eliminate an important bottleneck in achieving that,” said Bell and Howell CEO Ramesh Ratan (right).

“With the exceptional throughput of this system, operators can often reduce production cost while delivering the increased speed and integrity demanded by their customers.”


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.