Orora Fibre General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Russo says the labels are made from eco-friendly, high-strength paper, rather than traditional plastic, which is an increasingly important consideration for environmentally conscious customers. The technology is already used in the company's North American organisation.
"The thin labels conform to all product shapes and are engineered to be removable in one piece," he said. "The labels are also far easier to clean off the grader with organic citrus cleaners, which absorb into the label and dissolve the food grade adhesive within seconds. The Accu-Labeller incorporates an in-line printer and label applicator. It can print variable information on labels, which are dispensed at over 15 labels per second."
Mr Russo adds that the machine can be taken to a customer’s premises and seamlessly incorporated into their existing sorting process, and the ability to print on-demand reduces label inventory and label wastage.
"A convenient feature is the easy to replace ink cartridges," Mr Russo said. "Also, Accu-Label’s patented tamping bellows achieve the least amount of damage or bruising to delicate fruit and vegetables. Furthermore it offers full Waste Liner Rewind, which replaces noisy waste liner collectors. Accu-Label is recognised for its dependability and reliability, requiring minimal maintenance. Should a problem arise its ‘user-friendly’ serviceability allows the operator to quickly swap components in many instances – which can be faster than making a service call. This all adds up to improved efficiency and productivity with minimal downtime."
"It is specifically designed to print and apply labels at high speed with the highest application rate of labels on wet and furry fruit and vegetables, such as apples and kiwifruit," he said. "Aside from branding, the Accu-Label systems can print variable data including GS1-DataBar (GTIN) and any other traceability data for a complete traceability solution, down to the item level. This improves product traceability, authenticity and provenance. These are important considerations for any produce grower trying to protect the integrity of their product."
"The first is that produce growers are increasingly looking for greater productivity, as well as cost reductions, which Accu-Label provides by printing and applying the exact number of labels on demand at the customer’s premises," Mr Russo said. "The other factor is the shift towards sustainable packaging and labelling options. This has been fuelled by changing consumer preferences, as well as the Australian government’s plan to make all packaging reusable and/or recyclable by 2025 in an effort to reduce landfill and safeguard the environment."
The other innovative technology on display included the EFI Nozomi C18000 digital printer, which is the first of its kind digital printer in Australia that offers a revolutionary printing service for corrugated customers. It delivers magazine quality imagery directly onto corrugated board at ultra-high-speed, significantly improving speed-to-market.
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