Labelling flexible and exactly: a compact machine with double throughput.


Attaching two different self-adhesive labels with only one single unit, applying several wet, hot glue and adhesive labels alike during a single work process, aligning containers with high precision before the actual label process: demanding tasks such as these could only be carried out by extremely large labelling machine equiped with two containers carousels until now. The compact HEUFT TORNADO D carries this out with only one. It sends each container through twice so that the path necessary for the servo-controlled fine adjustment or labelling is available on two occasions.





2-in-1 labelling

Going round twice:  body and back labelling with only one unit.


Double, easy and custom-fit:  applying two different self-adhesive labels during a single work process.  The machine specially developed for the medium speed range manages this with one container carrier carousel and only a single labelling station.  The bottles are sent through twice due to specially constructed guide starwheels:  the first is used to apply the body label.  This is then used during the second throughput as a reference point for the camera-based, servo-controlled fine alignment and the precise back labelling. The labelling station feeds the two labels alternately.  They are gently peeled off the backing paper and carefully pressed onto the bottles, which are fixed between the rotating platform and the centring plate, using special pads:  nothing can slip and the labels remain stuck exactly where they belong.




High-precision application

Adjusting first and then labelling:  mould seam detection for a particularly precise application.


Even more reliable, more exact and more accurate:  the first throughput can also be used just for the servo-controlled fine adjustment of the bottles for labelling results with the highest precision.  The most up-to-date camera and image processing technologies identify their mould seams for this and use them as alignment marks.  Thus the labels end up in exactly the right position.  Mechanical orientation marks are therefore unnecessary. Gluing over the mould seams which can result in the formation of unsightly bubbles is ruled out.  Alternatively, other container structures, such as embossing, closure elements or already applied labels, can also be used as reference points for a particularly precise bottle rotation and alignment by means of servo technology.  In addition specially constructed centring elements contribute to a particularly accurate label position.




Non-stop operation and the application of additional labels

Making even more possible:  two circuits and numerous options.


Modular, flexible and individual:  the double throughput makes the HEUFT TORNADO D a real all-rounder.  Thus the use of additional labelling units enables the non-stop operation of the compact labeller on the one hand.  On the other hand the application of further labels is therefore possible.  As a result four labels can be applied with two stations and even six labels with three stations.  Even a mixture of self-adhesive, hot and wet glue procedures is possible in a confined space with the HEUFT TORNADO D during a single work process.




Label check

More than just labelling:  direct presence check.


Double-checking, examining and verifying:  the HEUFT TORNADO D can do more than "just" apply labels.  It also checks the results of its work during the same work process.  The presence of the labels is checked using sensors.  This direct quality assurance can be extended by numerous other checking and inspecting functions upon request.



Fast brand changes

Changing simply:  adapting without tools.


Uncomplicated, time-saving and reliable:  the HEUFT TORNADO D not only keeps time and personnel requirements extremely low during running operation.  Brand and program changes are also dealt with fast and easily.  The integrated servo technology achieves a high degree of flexibility in the course of this. Because as a result the machine can be programmed according to the brand – its rotating cam automatically adapts itself to the changed bottle format when carrying out a change.  No tools whatsoever are required in order to replace the change parts.  The vertical adjustment of the labelling units is carried out just as automatically as the correct positioning of the sensors for checking the label presence.  This saves human resources and reduces unproductive downtimes to a minimum.




Central lubrication

Greasing automatically:  minimum maintenance.


Central, automatic and economical:  the correct amount of grease is applied to all the moving parts of the labelling machine so that everything always runs like clockwork.  The integrated central lubrication system greases the main bearings independently and informs the operator automatically when the lubricant has run out.  This ensures the durability of all the components sustainably.  Complex maintenance work can therefore be dispensed with.




Fault rejection

Preventing recalls:  the reliable rejection of faulty containers.


Fast, careful and accurate:  highest precision when detecting faults is only effective if the products in question are also removed afterwards.  The single-segment and multi-segment rejection systems of the HEUFT rejector series deal with this both precisely and carefully.




Optional additional functions

Making even more possible:  extensions to the range of functions.


Labelling machines with their modular design based on the HEUFT SPECTRUM TX can be extended at any time.  Thus the range of functions of the HEUFT TORNADO D can be extended as an option with further functions for optimising and checking the labelling and product quality:

  • Camera-based modules check the position, fit, alignment as well as the brand purity of the labels.  The HEUFT vio OCR verifies the best before dates and barcodes which have been applied. 
  • Special detection units check the fill height and internal pressure. 
  • The bottle burst detection records burst glass bottles in the infeed, stops the machine and protects it against contamination due to glass splinters. 
  • A special collection table prevents the accumulation of containers in the outfeed. 
  • An on-board conveyor control system ensures a container flow without gaps and free of impact pressure. 
  • Special sensors check the presence and the position of the closures.  The logo detection identifies non-brand lids. 
  • The HEUFT sonic checks the tightness of metal lids and crown corks.