Makro Labelling: technology in evolution on a small and large scale

Modularity, flexibility and practicality are the three key concepts expressing the philosophy of a company whose strong point is technological innovation. This is what the market wants and this is what customers get from the Italian based Makro Labelling, international standard setter for industrial labellers in the Beverage, Food, Personal & Home Care and Pharmaceutical sectors.  The thirty years’ experience of its founders, extensive international sales network (the Italian branch, plus the GB distributor Makro UK and other agents and representatives in the most important countries throughout the world) and rapid and precise before and after sales service, together with operational flexibility and the ability to anticipate the market’s needs, all enable the company to satisfy every labelling need and expand constantly on markets in Europe, North and South America, Russia, the ex-Soviet Union countries, the Middle East, South-East Asia, India, Africa and Australia.

A range of labellers for production speeds of 1,500 to 50,000 b/h

The Makro Labelling range includes labellers able to process from 1,500 to 50,000 bottles per hour, applying up to five labels per bottle and available in wet glue, hot melt, self-adhesive and combined versions. For companies not requiring high production speeds, the MAK 01, MAK 02 and MAK1 labellers provide speeds of up to 12,000 b/h with mechanical or electronic rotation of the bottle plates. With special applications and able to cope with production speeds of up to 50,000 b/h, the MAK 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 labellers, on the other hand, satisfy the needs of medium to large companies. The range includes a high speed self-adhesive labeller with reel winders and non-stop system enabling production to continue at maximum speed even during reel changes and a combined labeller to apply the fiscal guarantee seal.

For the high-volume PET labelling market (water and soft drinks sectors in particular), Makro Labelling has developed the new MAK Roll Feed line of rotary labellers with production speeds of 6,000 to 40,000 b/h. The use of wrap-round plastic and paper labels on a reel with hot melt application has maximum economic benefits for production with respect to traditional OPP or pre-cut paper labels. The modularity of the MAK Roll Feed also allows the roll feed unit to be replaced with a hot melt unit for pre-cut, wet glue or self-adhesive labels, satisfying the need for maximum operational and configuration flexibility.

Also designed for the water and soft drinks market requiring a slower speed of between 6,000 and 16,000 b/h, Makro Labelling has recently developed the new series of MAKLINE ROLL FEED labellers.  Characterised by a safe, top-performance labelling assembly (equivalent to the one used on the rotary machines from which it derives), the new MAKLINE ROLL FEED with motorised axles and brushless motors minimises the customer’s costs, while maintaining meticulous labelling quality, just like the new MAKLINE double-station self-adhesive labeller presented at Interpack 2017. Designed for the beverage, food, home and personal care and pharmaceutical sectors, this labeller can be adapted to large and small containers. Although linear, it offers exceptionally high labelling quality. It guarantees the direct application of a maximum of 2/3 elements per bottle, quick tool-free format change (only the parts need adjusting), ease of use and maximum production flexibility.

In common with the entire Makro range, the MAKLINE is fitted with the Vision Control system to verify the precision of the packaging and manage rejects.

Introduced onto the market in 2014, the Follower optical guide system (an exclusive Makro patent) enables the bottles to be aligned for application of labels in precise positions with respect to a reference on the bottle and reduces format change times. It is available in carbon fibre and fitted with a line scan camera.

Thanks to a special, patented paper delivery system that doubles the distance covered by the label during acceleration, the new patented MAK AHS2 self-adhesive labelling module responds to the need for higher machine performance in terms of speed and precision and guarantees a linear speed of 100 metres a minute at a label pitch of 20 mm.

The Makro Labelling technical and R&D departments work incessantly to develop pioneering products with an unlimited working life and able to satisfy all production needs – a constant and systematic commitment which over the years has led the company to deposit numerous patents giving its labellers maximum functionality and ease of use.

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