PDC International Corp. has introduced the F-160 Evolution Shrinkbander, a flexible system for applying shrink bands around the lids of tapered and straight-wall tubs. Fully mechanical, these systems do not use vacuum, pneumatics or spinning knives.Based on refinement of PDC’s successful existing patents, the F-160 Shrinkbander uses dual servos for product handling and sleeve feeding. Compact components create a small machine footprint; the fully enclosed, stainless-steel version of the system is ideally suited to easy washdown.
F-160 shrink banders apply tamper evident bands 1 to 2.3 inches (25 to 60 mm) in height, and 2.5 to 6.75 inches (63 to 172 mm) in diameter to tubs and containers used for dairy spreads, ice cream, oatmeal, prepackaged delicatessen foods, cultured products, yogurt and dessert toppings.
F-Series shrink banders are manufactured in three standard models with line speeds ranging from 30 to 400 cpm, depending on container dimensions. Systems have a touch screen interface, static eliminator, and low material sensor. Other standard features include full safety enclosure, heavy-duty mechanical construction, Mitsubishi PLC control and servos, tool-less changeover, keyed run/jog switch and upstream photo-eyes. Systems also have motorized material unwind, and material-out sensors.
F-160 shrink banders can be customized with additional sensors, solid stainless-steel construction, Allen-Bradley PLCs and touchscreens, power transformers and motorized height adjustment.
PDC machines are compatible with petroleum-based and sustainable films, including PVC, PET, PETG, OPS and PLA films in gauges as thin as 40 micron, (1.5 mil) depending on throughput rate and cap configuration.
PDC F-Series shrink banders are built to UL standards. As with all PDC systems, they use off-the-shelf components to minimize operational costs and downtime throughout the system’s long service life.