Norwalk, Conn.-based PDC International Corp. announced that it will demonstrate its multi-use shrink-sleeve labeler at Pack Expo East, which will take place Feb. 16-18 in Philadelphia.

The PDC R-350 Evolution Shrink Sleeve Labeler handles unique containers, including taper-less containers, ovals, twin packs, and rigid packages of all types, in sizes ranging from 2 to 64 ounces at speeds as fast as 400 containers a minute. For additional efficiency, shrink-sleeve rolls can be changed at production speed, and changeovers for mandrels, feed screws and other change parts are tool-less, reducing changeover downtime, the company says.

Standard features on the R-350 include a stainless steel frame, upstream photo-eyes, material monitors, and an Allen Bradley CompactLogix programmable logic controller platform. The machine also can be customized with modules for precise vertical and horizontal consumer perforations, cut-off registration, stainless steel construction and componentry, and custom construction features. It also can be supplied with custom material handling that orients products in dual counter-rotating timing screws as well as servo-controlled gripper belts. This provides the most consistent presentation of packages for sleeving, the company says.

Like other PDC systems, the R-350 is made in the USA using high-quality, off-the-shelf components that are designed to assure that the cost of ownership remains low throughout the system’s long life, the company says. In addition, it is compatible with many different commercial packaging films, including polyvinyl chloride, PET, polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified, oriented polystyrene and polylactic acid films in gauges as thin as 40 micron, depending on throughput and cap configuration.

The R-350 can be supplied as a stand-alone system or as an engineered line that includes conveyors, shrink tunnels, inspection modules and vision systems.