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 customisable labellers, 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 stabiliser 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.
ALTECH Srl is a leading Italian company specialised in the production of material coding, identification and labelling systems.