An East Coast orange juice bottler needed a labeling system to accurately and quickly apply decorative front and back labels to its gallon size clear jug containers. Previously, the customer’s containers were being labeled using an existing labeling system from a competitive manufacturer. However, since the customer was making the switch from applying labels to filled containers to labeling empty containers, a system with airfill capability was a much-needed feature. In addition to higher labeling speeds, tight label placement tolerance, and the need to label empty containers, the customer also needed the capability of rejecting bottles that did not meet their criteria prior to them reaching the filler.
Label-Aire’s solution was to outfit its stainless steel/cabinet based Inline Series 6200 labeling system with a pair of Label-Aire 3125 applicators with 10″ wide roll label capability to handle the large front and back bottle labels. These wipe-on applicators provide label placement accuracy to within +/- 1/32″ (.8 mm) and like the 6200’s rugged design, can handle the toughest work environments. Because the thin-walled containers will be empty at the point of label application, the 6200’s airfill capability gives each bottle the rigidity needed for smooth and accurate labeling. In addition to an FDA-approved top hold down belt and a static eliminator, this particular 6200 labeling system also came equipped with a vision system to inspect absence of label on product, label skew, label placement accuracy, or incorrect label on product. If any of these are detected, the 6200’s custom auto eject system will remove the empty container from the line prior to reaching the filler. By utilizing the rugged Inline Series 6200 labeling system and outfitting it with an array of optional and custom features, the customer was able to accurately apply labels to empty containers at high speeds (up to 100 cpm) while preventing the filling of mislabeled containers. The results are reduced downtime and more importantly, increased savings.
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