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In-mould labelling uses less floor space

Husky Injection Molding Systems : 25 October, 2004  (New Product)
Husky and Hekuma have introduced a new in-mould labelling solution that uses less floor space and provides superior label placement compared to conventional IML systems.
Husky and Hekuma have introduced a new in-mould labelling solution that uses less floor space and provides superior label placement compared to conventional IML systems. The compact Husky-Hekuma system features a high-speed labelling robot placed within the machine’s gates, which is unique when compared to other systems on the market.

“By aligning the robot with the mould on the same platen, label placement becomes much more accurate,” Bruce Catoen, Husky’s Vice President, Packaging, said. “This is especially important for high-quality decoration for applications such as promotional packaging.”

The system also features separate labelling and part-removal automation. Husky’s SwingChutes remove parts from the mould cores and release them into a drop chute, with zero mould open time. Part orientation is also maintained for stacking. Hekuma’s patented push-and-wind label picking and placement mechanism, meanwhile, provides highly accurate label placement for round, square-round and oval containers.

“This compact system is suitable for the requirements of several markets,” Hekuma CEO Dr. Lothar Bakowsky said. “It allows great flexibility, and is ideal for both experienced packaging processors and those involved with in-mould labelling for the first time. The complete system can be delivered to a customer with no additional installations required.”

System specifications:
• Part/weight – 300 ml drinking cup/10 grams
• Machine – Husky Hylectric 120 (1200 kN) RS40/32
• Mould – Husky, 2-cavity
• Cycle time – 3.5 seconds
• Product handling – Husky SwingChutes and stacker
• Hot Runner – Husky Ultra 750 Hot Tip
• IML automation – Hekuma
• Resin – Sabic 313MNK40, 90 melt PP copolymer

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