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PDC Intl. Corp.: Shrink bander

PDC International Corp. introduced the F-160 Sanitary Design Shrink Bander for dairy/deli tubs.

F-160 Sanitary Design Shrink Bander
F-160 Sanitary Design Shrink Bander

The F-160 is a robust, flexible system for the precise application of tamper evident shrink bands to tapered and straight-wall canisters and tubs. Fully mechanical, these systems perform without vacuum or pneumatic devices, or spinning knives – the 3 major causes of difficulty and downtime. Equally important, they meet all sanitary environment criteria, including requirements related to construction, access, clean ability, weldments, and hygiene. Sanitary construction features include zero penetration of hollow frame members, motorized wash down modes for cleaning, and stainless mesh guarding instead of the typical polycarbonate.

PDC F-160 Sanitary Systems are all stainless steel and use exclusive PDC blade technology which delivers months of clean, perfect cuts. They are technologically superior to the fragile “spinning knife” devices of competitors’ machinery, whose average life on the job is measured only in days. PDC blades not only have an average service life of months or longer, but blades can be re-sharpened for a service life that is unsurpassed in this type of machinery.

F Series Shrink Banders operate at 30 to 400 cpm and can use dual servos for greatest reliability in product handling and sleeve feeding. They are ideally suited to the application of tamper evident shrink bands to tapered and straight-wall tubs used for spreads, ice cream, oatmeal, yogurt, toppings, and dried fruit.

F-160 Shrink Banders apply tamper evident bands 1 to 2.3 inches (25 to 60 mm) high and 2.5 to 6.75 inches (63 to 172 mm) in diameter. They are compatible with major commercial shrink sleeve films, (including freezer grade films) including PVC, PET, PETG, OPS and PLA films in gauges as thin as 30 micron, (1.25 mil) depending on throughput and cap configuration.

The F-160 is a compact system with a modest floor space requirement. Systems have a touch screen interface, static eliminator, and low material sensor. Other standard features include full safety enclosure, heavy-duty mechanical construction, PLC control and servos, tool-less changeover, upstream photo-eyes, motorized material unwind, and material-out sensors.

F-160 Shrink Banders can be upgraded with additional sensors, various PLCs and touchscreens, power transformers, and motorized height adjustment with pre-set positions for quick changeovers. Zero-downtime Splice-on-the-Fly Material Accumulators are also available.

Like all PDC packaging systems, the F-160 is made in the USA using high quality, off-the-shelf components, assuring that the cost of ownership remains low throughout the system’s long life. Systems incorporate field-proven controls technology and electrical panels can be UL certified.

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