A “Cutting Edge” Roll-fed Solution by P.E. Labellers
P.E. Labellers is one of the world’s leading providers of innovative labeling solutions. The company’s latest development is called Simpl-Cut™, and it is “simply” revolutionizing the Roll-fed labeling market.
Despite being widely used in industries such as soft drink and water, traditional Roll-fed labelers have several areas that can notoriously cause downtime and frustration for users. One of the biggest complaints about traditional roll-fed labelers is downtime associated with the frequent cleaning of the vacuum drum that transfers labels after they are cut. In traditional Roll-fed labelers, glue can accumulate on the drum and in the vacuum holes. Eventually, the machine must be taken out of operation and cleaned. Additionally, the label cutting area of traditional Roll-fed labelers presents inherent challenges for maintenance personnel. Typically, the setup time for the cutting blades is long and significant expertise is required to optimally set them up. Simpl-Cut uses a “cutting edge” process to solve each of these problems.
A “Cutting Edge” Solution
The patented Simpl-Cut technology optimizes the labeling process, virtually eliminating maintenance-related downtime and reducing cost by addressing three major areas:
- One of the most obvious benefits of the Simpl-Cut system, as the name implies, is the simplicity of the cutting system. Unlike traditional roll-fed labelers that use contrasting blades to cut the label, Simpl-Cut uses fixed blades on a rotating drum to very simply cut the label. The fixed blades are contained in a cartridge which can be changed out and ready to run in less than one minute. The process of changing and setting up blades can take hours in traditional Roll-fed labelers.
- Second, in the Simpl-Cut process, hot-melt glue is applied prior to the cutting of the label, virtually eliminating glue buildup on the drum. In traditional Roll-fed labelers, glue is applied after the label is cut, leading to significant glue buildup on the drum which has to be cleaned often by maintenance staff.
- Lastly, Simpl-Cut optimizes the labeling process by using only one drum to transfer and cut the label, whereas traditional Roll-fed labelers require two separate drums for each function. This revolutionary feature significantly reduces maintenance, improves uptime and allows for much faster format changes.
A Global Revolution
“The response from our clients has been outstanding,” says Scott Smith, Senior Vice President of Business Development of ProMach, the global group leader in Packaging the P.E. Labellers in part of.
The problems that the Simpl-Cut technology is solving are universal, so these systems are being purchased by a wide variety of clients, from multinational soft drink manufacturers to regional bottled water companies.– Scott Smith, Senior Vice President of Business Development di ProMach
As a product brand of global packaging industry leader ProMach, P.E. Labellers has an extensive sales and service network around the world. The company believes that its global footprint is key to ensuring the success of Simpl-Cut. “This is truly a global product,” Smith says. “Adoption has been especially strong in Western Europe, South America, Mexico and the United States. We clearly understand the importance of local service and support and have made significant investments in our aftermarket infrastructure to be able to support our clients around the world.”
One of the earliest adopters of Simpl-Cut technology in the United States has been Silver Springs Water. According to President Kane Richmond, the Simpl-Cut technology is the future of Roll-fed labeling. “Silver Springs has been a customer of P.E. Labellers and their Roll-fed systems for years. We saw the Simpl-Cut technology soon after it was released and liked the simplicity of the single drum, the reduced setup time and the quick-change knife system. We liked it so much that we ordered two Simpl-Cut machines. I expect this to be the standard for Roll-fed labeling moving forward.”