Altech solutions for the labeling of food trays

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The ALTECH labelling systems of the ALbelt series provide high reliability, solid mechanics and excellent value for money in performance terms. The high degree of customization makes it possible to use the ALbeltsystems to label a wide range of products. They are suitable for wraparound labelling of cylindrical products as as well as side, top/bottom or C labelling of rectangular or flat products.

TOP BOTTOM LABELLING

In its typical configuration, BT52, the ALbelt system can apply labels to the top and bottom of tubs, trays and packages, which are very common in the food sector. In the BT52 configuration, the system includes a conveyor transport system formed of two sections, a top and a bottom labeling head (to be chosen from the ALstep or ALritma models) with the label dispenser blade installed in the space between the two sections and, if necessary, a double motorized belt which keeps the product stable during labelling.

The labelling heads can be equipped with a printing kit for variable data, such as batch codes, sell-by dates, bar codes or other information that must be added to the label.

The ALbelt can be equipped with PLC and a 7-inch colour touchscreen panel to centrally manage all the system parameters, thus making the format change operations extremely easy and user-friendly and ensuring the compliance of the machine with Industry 4.0 requirements.

Besides applying one or more labels on several parts of a product, the ALbelt system can take up special configurations for more complex applications – such as placing a label onto another label, applying labels on three sides (c-wrap) – or non-stop configurations with double labelling heads, providing a continuous running solution.

FUNCTIONAL AND CUSTOMISABLE LABELLING MACHINES FOR FOOD PRODUCTS

ALTECH presents its innovative technology for C-wrap labelling of food trays.

To identify the product and guarantee its integrity – C WRAP LABELLING

C WRAP LABELLING

In the food sector, labelling is a crucial element of the whole production process, as it allows to decorate the product to be consumed while providing all the essential information, such as contents, sell-by date, origin, nutritional values and any other details which might be required.

In order to meet the labelling needs of this industry, ALTECH has developed a line of labelling systems which is particularly suitable for products such as tubs and trays. This line is called ALbelt and includes a range of extremely functional and customizable labelers, which can label a wide range of products.

A high-demand configuration is the one that was developed for C-wrap labelling of thermoformed or clam-shell food trays. In this application the folder is adapted on three sides of the product – front, top and bottom – with a twofold function: to identify the product and to guarantee its integrity, like a tamper-proof seal.

In order to perform this operation, the ALbelt system includes a conveyor transport system formed of two sections, a top labelling head (ALritma) fitted with a marker for printing variable data such as sell-by dates, promotional labels and barcodes and an adapter especially designed for this kind of labelling which is installed in the space between the two sections of the conveyor.

The system also includes a dual-belt spacer and a stabilizer with lateral mini belts that hold the product during labelling.

All labelling parameters are managed through a 7-inch colour touchscreen panel providing excellent legibility and user friendliness. In this configuration an ALbelt system can reach a labelling speed of 60 pieces per minute.

Besides applying one or more labels on multiple parts of a product, the ALbelt system can take up special configurations for different applications – such top and bottom labelling as well as non-stop configurations, providing a continuous running solution.

NON-STOP LABELLING AND INDUSTRY 4.0 – A MIX OF PERFORMANCE AND TECHNOLOGY FROM
ALTECH

TOP BOTTOM NON STOP INDUSTRY-4

The ALTECH labelling systems of the ALbelt series provide an excellent price/performance ratio, without any compromise concerning reliability and robustness. The ALbelt systems come in numerous configurations based on specific labelling needs and can label different types of products, such as bottles, cans, jars, tubs, boxes, and trays.

The ALbelt systems are fitted with ALstep or ALritma labelling heads and can be equipped with printers to customize labels with variable data, as well as with product spacers, wrapping units for cylindrical products, adapters and bending units for corner labels.

If necessary, the ALbelt systems can take on specific configurations to meet particular needs, such as top and bottom labelling or non-stop configurations.  ALTECH has recently supplied a system featuring both capabilities to an important producer of cold cuts in Italy.

The system is fitted with two ALritma labelling heads, which are positioned in such a way as to apply a label on the bottom of trays. The operational logic allows it to detect the end of labels on the first head and automatically activate the second one, thus making it possible to change labels without stopping the labelling process. A third labelling head on the top is set up to apply a “hook” label to hang the tray on a display rack.

All functions and parameters are managed via a PLC system featuring a 7-inch colour touchscreen panel that can store and manage up to 100 labelling formats. The system can be interfaced via Ethernet, which enables remote access to monitor its health and status, e.g. for remote assistance. Moreover, the OPC-UA protocol makes the machine compliant with Industry 4.0 requirements.

ALTECH Srl is a leading Italian company specialized in the production of material coding, identification, and labelling systems.

info@altech.it – www.altech.it

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