Hi Bernard. The holiday set be back for a while but I just wanted to update you on things. I transferred my circuit to a soldered board and managed to get everything in a box and mounted on my label dispenser setup. It was a long road but everything is now working just as I wanted. The gap between the labels is detected with no problem and the momentum of the motor was enough to make it not necessary to include the capacitor at Q1. This has been great. I haven't done anything quite like this before but it turned out to be a fun project after all. I really appreciate all the help you gave. Have a great New Years!