The KHS Group has launched the Innoket Roland 40 compact labeler to market. With a capacity of 2,500 to 25,000 containers per hour, it is specifically tailored to the requirements of the food industry. It can be fitted with various labeling stations.
The machine is specially geared towards lines with a low output, so is aimed at craft breweries and manufacturers of canned food, sauces or dressings.
In its standard version the Innoket Roland 40 comes with two cold glue stations. This allows shoulder and neck labels to be applied at two levels by the first station, with the second station affixing back labels to the bottles.
Alternatively, self-adhesive stations, a combination of cold glue and self-adhesive technology and hot melt labeling processes can be used.
Inside the Innoket Roland 40 are countless quality-determining components taken from the established high-performance KHS Innoket Neo labeling machine.
These include the carousel, infeed and discharge stars, folding doors, installation and format parts and guides and on the cold glue station, the gripper cylinder and label magazine. The Innoket Neo servo feed screw has also been applied and integrated, permitting gentle bottle stops.
The KHS development also provides many different opportunities for extension to cater for individual labeling tasks.
It is possible, for example, to equip the machine with the KHS VarioDrive electronic bottle plate control system. Other options include mechanical alignment by side notch in the infeed star and the fitting of traveling applicators, the latter used for cap or lid labels.
U-shaped labels – as tamper-evident seals for twist-off caps, for instance – can also be labeled and rolled on.
Optional sensors check for the presence of labels at certain points, for example in the label magazine or on the gluing roller, and for other factors such as broken bottles.