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New Shrink Labeler Provides Seamless Handling

October 1, 2014

PDC International Corp. has introduced the R-250 COER Evolution shrink labeler that quickly orients round and non-round containers, and precisely aligns graphics for maximum visual impact.

By integrating a third-party container handler and close-coupling it with the PDC R-250 applicator, a single machine system is created that provides seamless container handling from orientation through labeling. After sleeving, the container travels through a PDC shrink tunnel system to complete the shrinking of the sleeve labels.

The R-250 Evolution is a robust system, built for continuous use. The R-250 is distinctive in that it uses PDC’s proprietary blade assembly. Engineered as a longer-lived alternative to “spinning knives,” this proprietary cutting solution lasts months, not days, and is an alternative to the fragile spinning knife configurations used in conventional sleeving systems.  

The R-250 is controlled with an Allen-Bradley CompactLogix PLC, touch screen and servos. Among the R-250’s options is a barcode scanner with laser scan engine that reads both 1D and 2D barcodes.

The R-250 applies full sleeve shrink labels and tamper evident sleeves at speeds of 50 to 300 containers per minute. A tool-less changeover feature and menu-driven parameters on the touch screen allow mandrels, feed screws, and other change parts to be switched out quickly.

Containers can be filled or empty, and virtually any size or shape. PVC, PETG, OPS, and PLA labels, in gauges as thin as 30-40 micron are all compatible. Systems can be built with optional modules for vertical and horizontal perforations (important for consumer tamper evidence), and date coding.  

Two options that are particularly beneficial for continuous production environments are a zero-downtime, splice-on-the-fly accumulator that allows roll changes without halting production, and a second unwind reel. An articulating splice table for precise roll splicing, also conveyors and shrink tunnels, either dry heat or steam, can be supplied as part of an R-250 system.

PDC International Corp., Norwalk, CT 203-853-1516 www.pdc-corp.com

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