Weber Marking Systems, a US based designer, manufacturer, and supplier of labeling products for the industrial marketplace, stated that the new modular design of the 5300 model means it can offer three more pressure sensitive label application methods than its older 5200 model. Doug Weber, Vice President of International Operations at Weber Marking Systems told FoodProductionDaily.com that "the new Model 5300 will give Weber customers more functionality, higher throughput and a more modular system." The company stated that the label printer applicator system can be interfaced with many types of external PLCs, including Allen Bradley and Siemens, and is targeted at all food and drink manufacturers who need to label their outer cases. RFID capabilityThe RFID ready functionality of the 5300 model is in line with industry predictions for an upward trend in the usage of RFID in product packaging over the next 18 months. "The nice thing about our systems is they are RFID ready. If, in the future, food and drink manufacturers want to head in this direction, the 5300 can be upgraded to account for it," added Doug Weber. Reduction of downtime The company said that the remote monitoring feature of the printer applicator via a web browser would help to minimize downtime as it enables fault finding and diagnostics to be carried out remotely for fast service response. "The Model 5300 comes with an internal odometer that will advise the customer of its scheduled service interval and allow them to act accordingly," Doug Weber told FoodProductionDaily.com "The new one-to-one media consumption feature of the Model 5300 also reduces downtime and eliminates partial changeovers by the matching of the label unwind and rewind dimensions to the system's ribbon supply so that they are consumed at the same rate," added Doug Weber. Product SensorThe company said that a product height sensor is another new feature that enables the printer-applicator to label items of varying heights delivered by the same conveyor. The first installations of the printer applicator in the US have gone well and the take up of the Model 5300 has been positive since its European launch at Interpack last month, according to the company. Training Weber said that it provides on-site training in the UK and Ireland as well as across Europe to integrate the new model smoothly into its customers' production environments. "We need a proactive approach in making sure that internal staff are trained to do routine maintenance and to ensure production is kept up and running," stated Doug Weber Weber said that it will to continue to support the Model 5200 printer applicator and its other systems.