Roberts Bakeries has integrated five purpose-built high speed print and apply labelling machines into its Cheshire factory, allowing individual loaves fed from various lines to be identified centrally for loading.
The system enables the firm to maintain flexibility in supplying major supermarkets and sandwich producers, automatically taking into account upstream production and packaging changes.
Supplied by Logopak UK, the series 515 machines print and apply small bar code labels measuring 50 x 50mm to loaves wrapped in branded film. They can also apply larger labels to loaves wrapped in plain film for the sandwich trade. Each machine can label up to 60 loaves per minute.
The labellers have been designed to operate from above to save space, attaching the labels to the top of each loaf. The blow-on applicator follows the loaves in continuous motion.
"To achieve speeds of 60 loaves per minute, continuous motion is necessary, but there can be no pressure on the loaves, which are still warm," said Logopak UK general manager Wilson Clark. "By matching the speed of the loaves the applicator head ensures good adhesion without damage."
Contact: Logopak International; Tel: 01904 692333