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September 7, 2012
Best practices for buying heat shrink labeling
By Marty Weil, Contributing Editor
Here are half a dozen best practices you can follow in buying heat shrinking labeling machinery:

1. Focus on the heat tunnel, with an eye to throughput. A properly functioning heat tunnel is the key to successful long-term operation. Heat tunnels are more than simple caverns with a conveyor where heat is applied; they are highly engineered machines, and each is specifically designed to meet the unique packaging line conditions. It is virtually impossible to create an apples-to-apples comparison of heat tunnels from different manufacturers based solely on specifications because the heat shrink process is too complex. Look instead at throughput. In specifying machinery, require a written commitment of throughput efficiency while evaluating machines. You’ll likely choose a vendor who commits to a 99.5% throughput efficiency vs. another that claims 85%. However, it’s just as important to specify that the throughput rate must be confirmed prior to placement of the order.

2. Always consider size and shape. Package size and shape are two critical production variables for specifying heat shrink label equipment. For example, the shrink characteristics of a film label for a straight side-walled container will be different from an hourglass-shaped package. The equipment supplier must take shape and size into consideration when designing the system.
To achieve lowest total cost of ownership, the brand owner should determine whether the size and shape of the package might change in the next three to five years. If change is likely, provide the equipment supplier with enough information to design a system today that incorporates the flexibility to accommodate changes tomorrow.

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Case study
Thermochromic inks help Tuaca liqueur display a 'Perfect Chill'
Thermochromic inks on bottle label's 'tattoo' indicate when spirit has reached the ideal drinking temperature.
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Manroland web systems names Eckhard Hörner-Maraß managing director >>
WS Packaging Group acquires Consolidated Products Inc., Boelter Industries, Inc. >>
New Machines & Materials
WS Packaging Group Inc. PDC International Corp. Schreiner MediPharm
Snapware puts a lid on label variability High-speed shrink labeler Padded label
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Off The Shelf: Vodka brand excites with programmable-LED label
Medea Spirits introduces an interactive bottle for vodka that lets consumers program messages that scroll across the label panel in bright blue, white, or pink letters.
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