Marathon® is a series of compact, linear roll-fed labelers that feature SMARTdrive®, the labeling industry's first all electronic drive train. Marathon is available in seven different models that can deliver everyday production speeds of 50 to 650 containers per minute, depending on machine model, cutter configuration, container size, container shape and line conditions.
Based on a four or five-axis Allen-Bradley servomotor design supported by up to four variable frequency drives (VFD), SMARTdrive offers less mechanical complexity than other labeling machines. By reducing mechanical complexity, Marathon can deliver simpler operation, faster size changeovers, increased productivity, and lower total costs of ownership over the life of the machine.
Marathon's higher productivity and lower total costs of ownership are driven by:
- Fast Size Changeovers: 15 minutes or less from last bottle in to first bottle out.
- 40% Fewer Mechanical Components: fewer mechanical components and an all-electronic drive train means less maintenance and lower spare parts expense over the life of the machine.
- PLC Control & Recipe Driven Repeatability: production parameters for every container and label combination are stored as recipes in the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC). When the recipe is selected, the PLC sets all servo axis to the appropriate starting positions, eliminating the need for tedious and time consuming manual adjustments.
- Intelligent Registration Control + Invation® Cutters: Marathon's Intelligent Registration Control System combined with Invation Cutters increase productivity by keeping the labeler in-registration, even with stretch prone labels, labels with variable coefficients of friction, and labels with out-of-specification eyemarks.
Marathon SLA, XLA, XLUA and XLA + O models feature Allen-Bradley components and controls platforms including all servos, VFDs, PLCs and HMIs.
For more information about the Marathon series of labelers, download a Marathon data sheet from our website, call Sales at 209-556-6160, or e-mail