New labeling technology for food manufacturers
Stainless steel shrink sleeve applicator
Axon showcased its stainless steel Lanzara Shrink Sleeve Applicator at the International Dairy Show in September. It is a servo-controlled mandrel-style shrink film applicator with stainless steel frame options in 304 grade for wet-filling rooms and 316 grade for increased corrosion resistance. These new frames were developed for dairy, beverage and other processors looking for the performance and versatility of stainless steel. With a new Smart Cutting System, the company has improved its film cutting technology, reducing the number of blade changeovers required by 66%.
High-volume automated print and apply labeler
EPI Labelers’ new H-Series Print & Apply Labeler is ideal for high-volume automated print and apply labeling applications. The labeler can be utilized to print production and lot numbers, bar codes, product information and more. The labeler has a mono-plate design requiring fewer parts for unwind and rewind assemblies as well as an updated, full-color touchscreen. The new integrated touchscreen replaces the old turn-style buttons and allows operators and maintenance personnel to make adjustments as necessary. The labeling system is easy to set up and operate, and will integrate to specific packaging systems.
Automated packing slip/shipping label system
Fox IV Technologies’ updated its TwinPrint automated packing slip/shipping label system. The new Mod6 version has added a redesigned label path, which eliminates a series of rollers, to provide easier label loading and reduction of label memory. This allows operators to quickly reload labels for an overall reduction in downtime. The system also features a simpler calibration method that enables calibration of both the top and bottom print engine as well as an improved air control system for faster cylinder cycling times.
White shrink sleeve film
Fort Dearborn Co.’s new white PETG shrink sleeve film material provides product coverage and light blocking capabilities. Optional backside printing is available to provide added light barrier protection for increased product shelf life. Other product benefits include high shrinkage performance for contoured containers.
Labeler optimizes sustainable labeling process
Sidel’s Rollquattro Evolution labeler uses roll-fed technology to ensure fast and accurate operation by means of a sustainable, cost-efficient process. The labeler runs up to 60,000 bottles per hour and it works with wrap-around plastic or paper labels on PET, HDPE, glass or can containers of up to 2.5 liters. With its unique linear station design and ergonomic structure, it is easy to operate, it allows quick format changeovers and requires minimal maintenance. The system cuts operating costs and minimizes energy consumption by handling label thickness down to 15 microns besides working with lightweight PET or HDPE bottles. In addition, because of the filament extraction gluing process, it can save at least 15% of the total annual glue consumption compared to standard roll-fed application equipment, according to the company.
Multiple-page resealable labels
HS Crocker continues to develop new multiple-page resealable labels to meet market place requirements for extended copy content. The company uses paper and film combinations, lamination and adhesive applications. Its in-line process utilizing up to 12 colors, foil stamping and dramatic coating finishes will create a label that can be an effective compliment to a product, according to the company.
Label Check Stations print, check labels in one step
The latest addition to the Mettler Toledo CI-Vision portfolio is the newly developed Label Check Station (LCS), which prints and verifies labels automatically. The system is designed to print and check in a single step. Food manufacturers can use the LCS to print high-quality, product-specific labels at a rate of up to 500 per minute. The system integrates into existing production lines and is also available as a compact table-top solution. The Label Check Station processes a multitude of different label formats and automatically adjusts to the current line speed as necessary.