Each item of packaging has one, and it’s different for every product: labels. Information about the products on the packaging can be found on the labels. Tuinderij Vers invested in a new labelling machine that has more options. Besides, a large part of the process was automated.
Tuinderij Vers has used labelling machines and software from VWS Nederlands for quite some time now. This LP4000-series of labelling systems for printing and automatically applying labels to the bottom of packaging is coupled to a central database, just like the delivered labelling systems that apply the labels directly to the film in the packing machines. Octopus touchscreen terminals have been installed in the production hall, and these are coupled to the central computer and the labelling lines. The product is called using these terminals, information is taken from the database, and sent to the labelling systems.
“After a successful implementation of the systems mentioned earlier, a number of other labelling systems have been installed that apply pre-printed labels to the top, bottom and sides of the products,” says Patrick van der Vegt of VWS Nederland. Tuinderij Vers has bought a number of new systems from VWS Nederland for a major buyer. This ‘prominent player’ will carry out various changes for the packaging, and this will also affect the labels.
Flexible labelling on different sides of the packaging
The new systems can apply the labels to different sides of the packaging, dependent on the customer’s wishes. That was an important motivation to purchase this machine, according to Martin de Boer from Tuinderij Vers, although the methods of VWS Nederland also played a part in this. “It’s a company that’s very flexible and thinks with their customers about how to fit the machines in their halls, for example,” he continues.
One example of this is the way these new machines are fitted into the existing production lines. “Many machine suppliers can only supply a standard machine. VWS supplies custom work,” Martin explains. “If the overhang of the input conveyor has to be slightly longer because it would fit the machinery line better, that isn’t a problem. They make a drawing beforehand to show how the machine will look. That way, you can see the advantage of them building their own machines and being in control of the entire process.”
Production capacity has so far remained similar, despite these new machines. “The machines can produce much quicker than we can at the moment, so capacity wasn’t the issue. Reliability was more important to us,” Martin says. “Considering our experience with our current labelling systems, we’re also facing the future full of confidence with these new systems.”
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