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Automated Shrink Sleeve Production to Debut at Labelexpo Americas 2018

Views:8     Author:Zhang Yun     Publish Time: 2019-01-09      Origin:Site

Following the Automation Arena debut at Labelexpo Europe 2017, 2018 marks if first appearance at a trade show in the Americas. This will also be the first time automated shrink sleeve production will be portrayed for the very first time at a trade show anywhere in the entire world.

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Here, slit rolls of flexo-printed shrink sleeves will be transferred to an Accraply ASFC fully continuous forming and seaming machine. As part of the event, scanning of a barcode will be done and the instruction file from the code read to automatically set-up the forming and seaming operation. Following this, there will be a transfer of the lay-flat shrink sleeves to a compact vertical seaming inspection machine used for lay-flat quality checking; an Accraply DM12 Shrink Sleeve Inspector.

This element of the Automation Arena will come after labels are printed using digital and flexo technology.

Between them they will be digitally printing several different self-adhesive label designs and flexo printing shrink sleeves ‒ all on two fully automated live press lines.

The Automation Arena will cover job creation, right through to pre-press, printing, inspection, finishing, waste removal, warehousing and customer invoicing. This will all be centrally managed by a Cerm management information system (MIS), and integrated with an Esko software platform, supporting the end-to-end label and shrink sleeve workflow.

Automation Arena is located in Hall F of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. On the first two days of the show, it will be showcasing three 30-minute demonstrations at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm, and a further two on the last day at 11 am and 1 pm. Each session will be filmed live and relayed via large screens to show visitors every detailed aspect of the job.


According to the Labelexpo Americas event director, Tasha Ventimiglia, the introduction of the Automation Arena at the Labelexpo Europe last year was indeed a huge success and it proved such a popular experience that made up our minds that the Labelexpo Americas 2018 will debut for the very first time. The major difference between last year experience in Europe and the one intended for the Americas is the fact that the shrink sleeve automation through the two Accraply elements on the show is a world first. Therefore, it is indeed a very special opportunity for the attendees to have a first-hand experience of how the industry could evolve and what it tends to become in the next decade which is geared toward meeting the requirements of companies at the forefront.

According to the Labelexpo strategic consultant and the Automation Arena lead, Mike Fairley; in the time of shorter lead and delivery times, production bottlenecks and decreasing run lengths, it has become clear that an increase in the automation of tomorrow’s label and shrink sleeve production plants will become indispensable for their profitability and successful performance. Through this Automation Arena, there will be a showcase of what is now becoming feasible at the Labelexpo Americas 2018. 

As part of the program, Fairley will also host three Label Academy master classes where a number of key components will be demonstrated at the Automation Arena. This will form part of the educational program. Through this program, the master class attendees will be able to witness theory in action.

For all the registered Labelexpo Americas 2018, the Automation Arena is free. 

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