It’s a shrink-sleeve labeler for single containers but it’s also a multipacker. The updated R-300 system quickly and easily changes between the two operations, depending on product need at the time. This gives packaging engineers the flexibility to add multipacking capabilities to their packaging line at a minimum cost—and serve club-store customers in-house or develop and fulfill promotional campaigns for regular or online retailers.
From PDC Intl, the versatile system handles rigid packages—bottles, cans, cartons—in various shapes and in sizes from 2 ounces up to 1 gallon. No-tool changeover and splice-on-the-fly capability maximize uptime. The mandrel-style shrink-sleeve labeler can also open and form sleeves into different shapes, such as oval, square and rectangular. Packagers of foods, beverages, personal care products, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, household products and more can create unique packs for the best shelf impact.
Output consistently reaches 400 containers per minute, even with films as thin as 1.25 to 2 mil (30 to 50 microns). The machine can handle a range of materials, from standard films like polyethylene terephthalate gly (PETG), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and oriented polystyrene (OPS) to newer sustainable materials like polylactic acid (PLA).
Modules can add horizontal or vertical perforations, making it easy for consumers to remove the multipack wrap or the section of the label providing tamper evidence on single containers.
See the R-300 labeler/multipacker at Pack Expo 2016 (Nov. 6-9; Chicago) in the PDC Intl Booth N-5136.