Linerless, eco-friendly labeling

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The development of linerless labeling technology is continually growing. Made from continuous adhesive material without silicon support, labels are easily recyclable. It also offers significant economic benefits and greater autonomy.

RSS linerless labeling machine deals with 75 mm band width materials. But ALS is planning even a version up to 120 mm with 100 pieces/min

The last frontier of technological development in the field of labeling systems is called “linerless”. Its main objectives are respect for environment (no scraps from support liner), greater productive efficiency (a roll may contain more than double labels than traditional rolls), lower material costs and logistics (transport and storage), application speed, labeling accuracy. This technology is used in many sectors, including food & beverage, and is suitable for both transparent and opaque containers.

High-tech but zero impact
ALS Packaging is a pioneer in this area, and continues developing linerless labeling technology. Labels made from continuous adhesive material without silicon support (hardly recyclable) are eco- friendly and easy-disposal. This type of labeling offers significant economic advantages: lower cost for greater autonomy of operation. Being able to have more than double labels from a roll of self-adhesive material of the same diameter (label + silicon support), it is possible to increase output thanks to a clear reduction of downtimes that are normally required for the replacement of empty rolls. Moreover a linerless roll tape costs less than a roll of plastic labels. But the reasons for change are also ethical, and not just purely economic. It is important to adapt to new and increasingly felt common needs of protection and respect for environment, implementing those production systems that are becoming more eco- friendly and, as much as possible, zero impact.

Affordable, low-maintenance labelers
The new proposal for ALS Packaging is based on RSS 072 model, series TP, a newly developed machine born from the experience of previous models. “In this case we have focused on designing a new, easy-to-use version,” says Goffredo Ruffini, ALS partner and manager, “with reduced maintenance and easy-to-access components”. The system applies both functional and decorative labels such as closable freshness seals. Neutral versions are derived from a continuous roll and cut to size at a desired length (transparent or colored, colored and with continuous prints). Labels with drawings, signs or logos are cut with step printing. Precision is guaranteed by the presence of a fiber optic reader with color reference. Dimensionally, labels can be rectangular or square, with right angles. With transparent edges they can have several shapes given by the print. “Our labeling machine can be used on various types of food,” says Ruffini, “including packages of coffee, rice, pasta, piadine, cookies, cakes or cheese. It’s a very flexible labeling machine, created to be used in various functions: from open-close to guarantee seals, always preserving the packed product from possible tampering “.