ETIPACK: Wrap-around labeling system for paint cans

Dutch company producing a wide range of paints for the professional and high-end consumer markets. System 1 Turning with Energy labeller 200 for applying labels of different formats, aligned in relation to the handle.

The company was looking for a system to apply large labels to cylindrical buckets of paint. The need was in particular to ensure that the labels could be oriented to obtain a precise centering with respect to the handle positioning. In order to achieve this objective Etipack designed a special System 1 Turning able to feed the product and orient it in the correct position to allow the application of the label with a precise centering with the handle.

Labelling machine Energy 200

With a hybrid stepper motor and magnetic encoder, it applies labels at a speed of up to 50 m/ min. It features an unwinder with adjustable plate brake and aluminium plates for label reels up to 380 mm in diameter.

Swing arm and winding device

A swinging arm, positioned before the drive unit, keeps a steady label roll tension. The winder allows empty liners with a diameter of up to 280 mm (380 mm as the diameter of the label roll) to be rewrapped. The internal capacitive encoder detects the end of the label roll.

Tastex photocell

In synchronization with the labeller, it detects the passage of the product and triggers the label distribution

Control panel

Touch-screen interface display 2.8”

Input product orientation

Thanks to a customized pre-orientation bucket system, the product is correctly positioned. A special guide then allows the handle to be lifted to enable wrap-around labelling.

Product orientation for labelling

In order to allow the correct application of the label, a turning orientation device has been designed. It consists of: two opposing rollers – one to stop the incoming product and the second to position the product to be labelled – and a geared roller spinning the product during labelling. A special magnetic device ensures the handle to be kept raised during rotation. The presence of a photocell allows the label to be correctly oriented in relation to the product.

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