October’s machine of this month is a top and side wrap labelling system built for a major producer of ready to eat salads / sandwich fillers in Northern Europe. The customer required a ‘watchstrap’ application; in this instance, the label is applied into a recess on the lid of the product, then wrapped onto the side to provide both a decorative and sealing function. In addition to the seal label, the solution also applies a base label at the same time.
The machine was based on our ALbelt system, with a stainless steel base and control box to facilitate its insertion into the food packaging line. The high-performance ALritma X applies the top and bottom labels at up to 160 products/min. Labels are initially applied ‘flagged’ on the product and leading off their wide edge; therefore, increasing runtime capacity with more labels per roll. The sealing labels are then momentarily held by an air assist, before being adapted down the side of the product via our innovative high-speed rotary adaption system; a system which features its own touchscreen display and operation control functionality which is fully synchronised to the main machine.
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