PDC International Corp., a manufacturer of tamper-evident packaging and shrink sleeve labeling machinery, has updated and reintroduced a versatile packaging “workhorse” based on its popular shrink labeler.
The PDC R-300 shrink sleever is a high-speed shrink labeler engineered for continuous use. It quickly reconfigures from shrink labeler to multipacker, and easily back again. The system is compatible with rigid packages, cartons, bottles and cans; it accommodates special shapes with ease, and container capacities from 2 oz to 1 gal.
The R-300 is a mandrel-style shrink sleeve labeler that opens and forms the sleeve into various shapes such as oval, square and rectangular. It replaces the quick-dulling “spinning knives” typical on other sleeving machines with a proprietary heavy-duty knife assembly. PDC’s knives deliver clean, consistent cuts for months, without “hairs” or the ragged cuts produced by rotary cutters. PDC blades last months, not days.
The PDC R-300 is well suited for difficult applications, with available optional product handling that orients products in dual counter-rotating timing screws, then hands them off to servo-controlled gripper belts. This allows optimum presentation of packages for sleeving.
R-300 systems run thinner gauge material, 1.25 to 2 mil (30 to 50 micron) at speeds up to 400 cpm, over extended periods, advantageous for high-volume producers. PETG, PVC, OPS and PLA films are all suitable for use on the machine.
Available modules perforate vertically or horizontally, and provide precise servo-controlled cutoff registration. Zero-Downtime Splice-on-the-Fly Accumulators maximize uptime. Operators also benefit from the ability to switch-out mandrels, feedscrews and other change parts without tools.
The R-300 can be built in all-stainless steel for sanitary environments, and like all PDC systems, uses off-the-shelf components, which minimizes maintenance costs over time. Systems are fully enclosed, with static eliminators, and can be supplied with zero-access guarding. Electrical panels can be UL certified; control is via an Allen-Bradley CompactLogix PLC and touchscreen. R-300 Multipackers can be supplied alone, or with conveyors, shrink tunnels, printers and vision systems.
Demonstrations of the R-300 can be arranged at the PDC research lab, where system performance can be evaluated on different containers, using standard and thin films, at various production speeds. Contact Gary Tantimonico, 203-853-1516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.