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Article | December 11, 2013
PDC: Shrink labeler processes 400 containers/min.
The R-300C-TSCB shrink sleeve labeler from PDC International handles a broad range of challenging package configurations: containers with no taper, thermoformed packs with “flashing,” twin packs, and a wide range of rigid packages.
The machine’s application head can be either vertical, or easily angled to allow for application on difficult packages. The system accommodates packages with capacities between 2 oz. and 1/2 gallon. For challenging applications, the R-300C-TSCB is integrated with special product handling that orients the products in dual counter-rotating timing screws, and then hands them off to servo-controlled gripper belts. This allows precise product handling and the best possible presentation of the packages for sleeving. The servo-controlled cleated belts can decelerate the product during application, then re-accelerate it back to conveyor speed for release to the shrink tunnel. The R-300C-TSCB is a mandrel-style labeler which uses proprietary blade technology, said to be a more rugged and longer-lived alternative to fragile “spinning knives.” Mandrels, feed screws, and other “change” parts can all be switched out quickly using a "tool-less" changeover feature and menu driven parameters. The R-300C-TSCB is suitable for thin films (1.25 to 1.5 mils, 30 to 40 micron), and is compatible with all mono-axial, sustainable and freezer grade shrink sleeve films, including PVC, PET, PETG, OPS and PLA.Optional features include modules for precise vertical and horizontal consumer perforations, cutoff registration, stainless steel construction and components, and splice-on-the-fly accumulators. Auxiliary equipment that can be supplied with the R-300C-TSCB includes conveyors, shrink tunnels, and integral inspection modules. Standard features include a stainless steel frame, upstream photo-eyes, material monitoring sensors, and an Allen Bradley CompactLogix PLC platform. Inline quality control inspection systems, printers, and bar code verification are also provided for many systems.
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