Reel & Roll Handling

RPC bpi protec is supplying wrap around reel fed labels in eight colours for use across a range of milk bottles supplied to major retailers by a leading UK dairy. The contract is the first major customer for the companysince its £1.7 million investment in a new flexographic printing press and slitting machine for the volume production of reel fed labels in the beverage sector


packaging. The specialist label material offers excellent tensile strength for faster application speeds and the elimination of web breaks during the manufacturing process. The strength of the material also allows a thinner gauge film to be used for valuable weight reduction. In addition, this delivers more labels per standard reel to help minimise changeover times. The OPP is fully recyclable, underlining both RPC bpi protec’s and the dairy’s commitment to sustainability. “Our significant investment ensures


we are able to deliver exceptional quality and service to customers for their reel fed labels, whatever the volume,” explains general manager Eric Roche. “We provide a quick turnaround across a variety of SKUs, delivering the speed of response that the customer

Single spindle attachment with rollers for handling heavy rolls


his single spindle attachment is used to liſt and handle heavy reels of film and paper. The reels are liſted by the central

core and a series of rollers along the spindle attachment enable the heavy reels to slide onto and from the attachment Also, a removable pin is provided to secure the

reels whilst in transit. The attachment is reversible, a feature that enables reels to be picked up from the floor and loaded up to a height of 1900mm. The raising and lowering action is made via a handheld ‘pendant’ control, which means that the operator can observe the loading and unloading of the reels for greater precision. All these features combine to allow the operator to lift, transport and handle reels with complete confidence and safety. The machine and its attachment are suitable for the pharmaceutical and food industries and other hygienic applications.

The attachment is

backed up by a fully bespoke design service, ensuring that the right solution can b e made to suit most lifting requirements. All Packline attachments are fully

interchangeable and can be easily fitted or removed from any model of ‘Compac’ lifting machine that is fitted with the attachment quick release system. Specifications: Lifting capacity of 300kg (661.39lbs) maximum; maximum lifting height of 1900mm (74.80-inch) (maximum height to centre of spindle); load centre (C of G) of 543mm (21.38-inch) from the column. Main materials include stainless steel 303/304 and polypropylene. 

he labels are produced using an OPP 35-micron film which is suitable for milk and beverage

needs to meet the major retailers’ specific milk requirements.” The new flexo press produces high

quality labels in up to eight colours for effective on-shelf impact and differentiation, with tight tolerances that ensure accurate application onto bottles. Equally important, it has the flexibility to produce short runs in order to respond quickly to changing market demands. This latest investment underlines RPC bpi protec’s commitment to delivering new solutions to meet the changing needs of fast moving and competitive markets. “Our customers are very pleased with

the service we have delivered to date,” concludes Eric. “The quality and appearance of the label plays a key role in reflecting and promoting the quality of milk products and we are building on this success to develop even greater growth in the beverage sector.” 


June 2018

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