Ave UK was eager to demonstrate the benefits of applying reel-fed polymer labels on a linear machine developed by group company Z-Italia.
By moving from self-adhesive paper labels to oriented polypropylene (OPP) on the reel, the Della Toffola group company argues that fillers can reduce their costs by around a third. “This model will run at between 3,000 and 8,000 bottles per hour,” explains sales director Steve Bradley.
“And by choosing linear as opposed to a rotary system, customers can make an equipment saving of around €50,000.” A rotary applicator would also occupy up to a third more floor space, he adds.
The UK’s first Z-Italia labeller has been installed at Blue Keld Spring Water in Yorkshire.