How the perfect glue pallet is created
A labeller affixes labels to containers. No major surprises there. Nor will it be news to most people that one of the crucial components here is the glue pallet, which accepts the label and glues it to the container. It gets more exciting when we ask where and how these pallets originate – and what the salient factors involved are.
First of all, it’s important to ensure that the pallets are precisely the same shape as the label – this also means that for a new label design a new set of glue pallets is always required as soon as the shape of the label is altered. What’s more, the pallets have to have the optimal grooving – so that the glue arrives where it’s supposed to in precisely the right quantity. And, of course, production has to be completed as swiftly as possible; after all, the new labels usually need to be run at the client’s facility within a minimised timeframe. How is this possible? I find the answer in one of the production halls at Krones’ facility in Neutraubling.
Glue pallets are manufactured there on a state-of-the-art, almost completely automated production line. Which means the client, for all retrofit jobs and spare parts, too, gets precisely the quality for which he opted when buying his Krones labeller.
But what are the determinant features of this quality? “It’s of paramount importance that the glue pallets are really manufactured to maximised precision. Only then will the feed movement at the container be optimally performed, thus enabling wear and tear to be avoided not only on the rubber coating of the pallet but also on the rest of the labelling unit,” explains Christian Zimmerer from Krones’ Lifecycle Service. What’s more, an accurately manufactured pallet can prevent the machine from being soiled by excessive or incorrectly distributed glue. And ultimately, the quality of the pallets also has a direct effect on the visual appeal of the client’s finished product on the supermarket shelves – since only when the gluing function is optimally fine-tuned will the labelling result exhibit the requisite quality and visual appeal.
Quality based on accurate pallet dimensions is assured in the production operation at Krones not least by fully automatic, meticulous measurement of the blanks, and of the finished components as well – there is practically no longer any scope for deviations. Additional advantages of automation: production is speeded up, and the components can be reproduced at will in precisely the same quality. And if a client orders as a spare part a pallet that has already been manufactured on this line, production will be completed even faster – because the data involved are still in the system.
How do you ensure that this line produces pallets for you and your labeller as well? Just talk to your contact person from Krones’ Lifecycle Service about it – or write a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the Order Number, Material Number, and Dress Number concerned.